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Robocop 8 (February 2015)

Robocop #8I’m not sure how I’d describe Killian, Williamson’s long-in-the-tooth antagonist in Robocop, but soap opera tough guy might be the best description. There’s no depth to the character, which is starting to get really annoying. Though Magno’s design for the him does look a lot like an eighties tough guy, which fits in with it being a sequel to Robocop.

This issue has Williamson lift a scene from Batman Returns to get stuff done, which is fine (there’s nothing else to do in that situation), but the parts with Robocop all of a sudden an upgraded superhero, doing things impossible to do with a man in a tin can suit? It’s where Robocop breaks. It’s where you can’t suspend disbelief long enough to hear Peter Weller’s voice saying the lines.

Williamson is still earnest with Robocop, but he’s not restrained enough. Not having a “budget” hurts it.


Writer, Joshua Williamson; artist, Carlos Magno; colorist, Marissa Louise; letterer, Ed Dukeshire; editors, Alex Galer and Ian Brill; publisher, Boom! Studios.

One response to “Robocop 8 (February 2015)”

  1. Matthew Hurwitz

    It is hard to imagine Peter Weller voice in this series anymore, especially when his lines are such as telling an ED-209 that it lacks the human instincts needed to be a perfect killing machine. I don’t know how Williamson can do such a good job with finally giving Lewis real character development and then make Robocop himself a total cheeseball with action scenes right out of a Saturday morning cartoon (except for the ultraviolence, which is still appreciated.)

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