Robocop: Killing Machine 1 (August 2004)

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Avatar was charging three bucks for twelve pages of story? When’s Marvel going to get on that bandwagon?

Amusingly enough, Killing Machine‘s about the best Robocop story I’ve read from them. It’s just a simple adventure of Robocop. It establishes its ground situation, it aggravates the situation, it just works. More, there’s even some actual character stuff with Robocop and Lewis.

The artist, Ricardo, he draws a lousy Robocop, way too cartoonish, nowhere near enough detail (or height, Ricardo draws a short Robocop). But other than Robocop–and the evil robot, which I’m pretty sure is actually a Spider Slayer (Marvel must’ve missed it)–Ricardo does a good job. He gives Lewis a fair amount of personality and his composition is solid.

Instead of releasing stuff like this one-shot to placate fans waiting for the Frank Miller series, Avatar should have put out (fairly priced) comics like this one.

CREDITS

Writer, Steven Grant; artist, Anderson Ricardo; colorist, Greg Waller; publisher, Avatar Press.

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