11:00am PT by Graeme McMillan
RoboCop Returns In 'Citizens Arrest' Comic Book
The future of law enforcement has become a thing of the past.
RoboCop is returning to comics, courtesy of Boom! Studios, with a new series set 30 years after the original movie. However, things aren’t going too well for Murphy in the Detroit of tomorrow; the miniseries RoboCop: Citizens Arrest, by Brian Wood and Jorge Coelho, sees him set aside as citizens are co-opted to become part of the ultimate surveillance state.
“It’s not just that there’s a new model of Robocop out there, but we have an entirely new OCP [Omni Consumer Products] with an entirely new way they’re looking to privatize and militarize law enforcement that makes every citizen a complicit actor,” Wood told io9, which announced the new series Wednesday. “The idea of crowdsourced justice is bigger than just pointing out the dangers of social media, and includes vigilantism, mob justice, class divide, and how people react to ‘the other.’ And all that is one step removed from more passive, less obvious things like segregation and gentrification.”
For Wood, 2018 feels like the right time for the return of the character. “RoboCop hits a whole bunch of topics and themes that are important to me, that feel relevant and feel like good drama,” he explained. “And that stand the test of time — think about that original film that was all about union busting, the militarization of police, privatizing public services and abusive media. In some ways it feels more topical now than in the '80s. I want to talk about that, I want to hit that hard.”
RoboCop: Citizens Arrest No. 1 will be released digitally and in comic book stores in April.