Wow, what a downer issue.
In a lot of ways, it seems like a rejection of the reader’s expectations, which Grant had only recently raised–and only if the reader is familiar with Robocop 3. But this issue? This issue reaffirms the reader has no idea what’s going on.
Unfortunately it does feel rushed. Some of the rushing is for effect–bluntly and quickly presenting plot twists gives the issue a sense of urgency–but Öztekin’s art also suffers. The art’s still awesome, he just doesn’t get to do as many awesome action sequences. The action here is, like I said, rushed.
The narrative also suffers. Grant relies on one or two panel updates–not even the traditional Robocop news updates–to show big changes going on.
It’s a bridging issue. The twists get Grant some more good will–but the comic’s readable no matter what thanks to the art.
Writer, Steven Grant; artist, Korkut Öztekin; colorist, Michael Garland; letterer, Ryan Ferrier; editors, Alex Galer and Ian Brill; publisher, Boom! Studios.