"RoboCop: Citizens Arrest #4" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by BOOM! Studios
Written by Brian Wood
Illustrated by Jorge Coelho
Colored by Doug Garbark
Lettered by Ed Dukeshire
2018, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on July 11th, 2018
RoboCop is leading a resistance against OCP and the New Detroit government. There's a ragtag group of fighters rebelling against the soulless robotic forces. This has angered the head of OCP to no end. Why can't these poor people just roll over and accept this new normal? It's clear that drastic times call for drastic measures, so the big guns are pulled out.
The indignation from the head of OCP – who I'm not certain is even named in the series – is frightening. He's this rich guy who is so used to getting whatever he wants that the moment someone stands up to him, he practically throws a fit. He says as much in a press conference with the Mayor where he essentially tells people that if he doesn't get his way, he's going to take his ball and go home.
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This is presented in several panels with the same composition. The OCP guy is standing confidently behind the podium, delivering his speech without emotion while the Mayor stands awkwardly behind him, a puppet to this businessman. Artist Jorge Coelho presents this in a stark manner, alternating between the relatively peaceful press conference and the absolute chaos in the streets as RoboCop wages war on drone forces. This layout really lets each moment sink in, allowing you to feel the true weight of what's going on.
The Ruins, where RoboCop is making his stand, has a fitting name as it's one step above a warzone right now. Rubble is in the streets and smoke billows in the background from various fires. It's amazing to see the contrast between these two locations.
The OCP is forced to up the ante by releasing a devastating attack that hits very close to home. The full ramifications of this aren't revealed until the final pages. This leads to a jaw-dropping cliffhanger that shows just how far this corporation is willing to go to get what it wants. It is truly evil.
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Several of the panels leading up to this are presented without dialogue. The pages are full with a few nine-panel grids showing everyone's reaction to these events. It's a rather somber sequence. Doug Garbark's colors take us from the harsh light of the daytime sun to the cool stillness of the quiet night. You wonder if this is the final blow to the resistance. How can they possibly go on after such a heartbreaking move?
Writer Brian Wood's dialogue once again feels like it's ripped right off of Fox News broadcasts. It's chilling when presented in this light, as these white people paint RoboCop and the other residents of the Ruins in such a harsh and menacing light when they're only trying to live their lives. This quality is what makes RoboCop: Citizens Arrest so frightening. While we don't have robot enforcers roaming the streets, the elements are there to do something similar in today's society. This hits in the same way the original RoboCop film did years ago.