BOOM Studios has just announced a new series featuring Detroit’s robot of the law, with a new story that takes place after the events of the film franchise. RoboCop: Citizen’s Arrest is written by Brian Wood (DMZ) with art from Jorge Coelho (Venom), who present “a chilling view of the future where justice is crowdsourced, set 30 years after the events of the landmark original RoboCop film.”
In the decades since the RoboCop program first began, corporations have taken over public services and the government—and law enforcement is the biggest private contract of all. Traditional police forces no longer exist as all citizens are encouraged—and rewarded—to spy on their neighbors.
There is only one authority on the streets: ROBOCOP.
“RoboCop remains a favorite film of mine, and was an early influence on the type of stories I sought out to read and watch, and eventually to create on my own,” said Wood. “It’s an honor to write this series, to write Alex Murphy, and to show everyone how much the core themes of RoboCop – police brutality, union busting, media manipulation, privatization of law enforcement and the marginalization of poor people – are, incredibly, just as relevant now as they were in the 80’s.”
“Some movies transcend cinema,” said Jorge Coelho. “As classics they hold that enigmatic mix of timing and ideas that, somehow, make them endure the test of time – for me, RoboCop is one of them. I can still see myself as that big eyed kid devouring everything about the concept decades before I knew what dystopia is, it made me a fan of science fiction and social commentary. Strong, unapologetic characters living in a world close enough to ours, fantastic enough to capture our imagination and keep its spell alive. Citizens Arrest will add new characters and a vision in comic form that will treat readers and lifetime fans with the love and respect this cinema classic deserves”
The creators of the series definitely seem to be fans of the character, and it will be interesting to see how the Detroit of the 80s – besieged by corporations and lawlessness – has progressed into the present day, and just how comparable that might be to our current climate:
“The best stories not only entertain but also force us to reflect on today’s world and ask the tough questions – a hallmark of Brian Wood’s powerful work,” said Sierra Hahn, Senior Editor, BOOM! Studios. “Bringing Brian’s unflinching writing together with the gritty artwork of Jorge Coelho, ROBOCOP: CITIZENS ARREST is perfect for anyone new to the franchise and a special treat for longtime fans.”
“More than ever, societal norms are being challenged and we’re asking what kind of future we’re creating – and ROBOCOP: CITIZENS ARREST is about what happens when we abdicate that responsibility,” explained Eric Harburn, Editor, BOOM! Studios. “This is a love letter to the socio-political prescience of the original RoboCop film, but also a story that stands on its own, inspired by modern day events and concerns.”
RoboCop: Citizen’s Arrest #1 hits comic stores in April, and will feature covers by Nimit Malavia (Fables), David Rubin (Black Hammer) and Jim Towe (Youngblood).
Images: BOOM Studios, Orion Pictures