ThePullbox Review – Robocop: Hominum Ex Machina

Robocop: Hominum Ex Machina (BOOM! – Moreci / Copland / Tumburus)

Four anthology-style one-shots exploring the world of the new film, brought to you by some of the freshest voices in the industry — Joe Harris (GREAT PACIFIC), Frank Barbiere (FIVE GHOSTS), Ed Brisson (SHELTERED), and Michael Moreci (HOAX HUNTERS).

“After a series of successful campaigns that cripple a portion of Detroit’s criminal activities, RoboCop’s system inexplicably goes down. While RoboCop’s consciousness remains, his control is gone.

As crime rises in his absence, a paralyzed RoboCop must watch his city burn. For the first time, OCP will learn that control is in the hands of the man, not the machine.”

RoboCop holds a special place in my geek heart. It was the first rated R movie I was taken to in a theater. I was still way too young, but my mother had no idea what it was and after a scene of a bad guy snorting cocaine off a hookers chest, the damage had pretty much been done, so we stayed through the whole thing.

This particular book is tied to the new reboot coming Feb 14th…the perfect Valentine’s Day date (hint hint ) where we see Alex Murphy become an part man, part machine, and all cop.

As far as this story goes. I love the concept of four short stories that have RoboCop defending the people. In true story teller form, Moreci is able to include the human side to RoboCop, but does so that it doesn’t seem trite or out of place. Murphy is still in there and is trying to get out. In fact, I think RoboCop’s actions at the end of the story are more Alex Murphy than they are OPC Inc.

Jason Copland’s art is fitting and colors by Juan Manuel Tumburus gives off a gritty noir feel. Perfect for hard boiled cop story.

Grade B+

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