The Shore is uniting to stand up against OCP and the government they’ve built in Detroit. A group calling themselves the Lords are rising in the Ruins. Robocop himself openly attacks a squad of OCP drones assailing the refugees fleeing the Ruins. The downtrodden of Detroit are showing that they will not be pushed around by OCP, and the corporation is gearing up for a violent response.
As you could glean from that description, tensions are heating up in this issue of Robocop: Citizen’s Arrest. There’s a lot more action this time around, and the revolutionary tone of story gets louder and more pronounced.
This book’s ability to use the media and television as a satirical vehicle on par with the original movie continues to be impressive and deserves to be lauded. It’s not quite as subtle as the original Robocop film, but it’s sharp and thoughtful nonetheless. It also has that wicked streak to it akin to “I’d buy that for a dollar.”
It’s cathartic to finally see more active resistance in Citizen’s Arrest. Robocop gets to blast a bunch of robots. Angry, masked rebels are firebombing construction drones. As stated above, the revolutionary vibe is intensifying with #3.
We do get some quiet moments to develop Alex Murphy, Leo, and Sara that give an emotional center to the comic.
Jorge Coelho brings another well-rendered comic that uses its line art to imbue a since of grittiness to Detroit and its denizens. On top of that, characters are well-detailed and distinguished. Robocop has his classic design, and the OCP robots—while not the most visually impressive—are on par with what one would expect from the company that brought you the ED-209. Doug Garbark adds to the grittiness with a brown and gray color scale that has brighter shades accenting where appropriate.
Robocop: Citizen’s Arrest #3 is likely the best issue of the series so far. It balances character development, action, and sharp satire. The art of Coelho and Garbark is solid too, and the comic earns a recommendation thanks to these merits. Give it a read.
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