Robocop 10 (December 1990)

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In one of the letter pages, the editor said Robocop would never meet up with any Marvel superheroes (I guess the licensing worked differently than that Spider-Man crossover with the Transformers) and this issue kind of shows why it wouldn’t work.

The last two issues have been about costumed vigilantes. Some of them are silly, some of them aren’t. And in the issue, it turns into a huge bloodbath. Grant tells this story without making any kind of comment on the superhero comic other than generally–he doesn’t point out the absurdity in the superhero comic as a concept–it’s not like there’s a scene where the Joker just shoots Batman.

It sets up Robocop a little different than the traditional comic book, as these issues sort of dismiss the idea of Robocop as a “comic book superhero.” Instead, it’s something else.

It’s a good issue, though occasionally obvious.

CREDITS

Vigilante! – Part 2: Rough Justice; writer, Alan Grant; penciller, Lee Sullivan; inker, Kim DeMulder; colorist, Gregory Wright; letterer, Richard Starkings; editor, Bobbie Chase; publisher, Marvel Comics.

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