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Comic Review: RoboCop vs. The Terminator
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RoboCop vs. the Terminator
Script by Frank Miller
Art by Walter Simonson
Colors by Steve Oliff
Lettering by John Workman
Cover by Walter Simonson and Steve Oliff
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: July 2, 2014
Cover Price: Standard edition $24.99; Gallery edition $125.00

The battle for the future between man and machine take place in the thrilling story of RoboCop vs. the Terminator.

In the first part, a lone resistance fighter goes back to the past to destroy RoboCop and save the human race, since his fusion of man and machine was the catalyst for Skynet gaining sentience. To defend itself, Skynet sends Terminators to stop the resistance fighter and protect RoboCop, and ensure its creation.

In the second part, our heroes enjoy a brief moment of peace after defeating the Terminators, but it doesn’t last. Skynet, in a last ditch attempt to secure its creation, sends another Terminator to the past. Still damaged by his confrontation with the Terminators, the latest one makes short work of him. Soon, the events of humanity’s down fall are set in motion. Only through perseverance, RoboCop survives in Skynet’s databanks, determined to find another way to defeat it.

The art by Walter Simonson is crisp and sharp, and conveys the action well. While the coloring by Steve Oliff is bright and bold, it works for it despite how grim the subjects usually are.

I enjoyed the story written by Frank Miller, but at times, it did feel a bit like an overly elaborate game of tug of war, with RoboCop preventing the future, and Skynet reverting it back at the last second.

While originally published in 1992, this is a collected volume of all four issues of the comic. In addition to that, there are two editions of it: the standard edition, and the much larger-sized gallery edition with concept, promotional, and original pencil art included.

3 Comments »

  1. Awesome review is awesome. I remember this from back in the day when they were doing “this versus that” for all kinds of movie properties. What properties could they do this with today… maybe Dark Gritty Movie Batman versus Dark Gritty Movie Superman… oh wait, that’s already a thing.

    Comment by Gallen Dugall — July 2, 2014 @ 8:14 pm

  2. This makes me want to find a copy and read it, so I guess the review did it’s job.

    Comment by Greggory Basore — July 2, 2014 @ 8:36 pm

  3. I think this was the last Frank Miller thing I actually enjoyed.

    Comment by VicDiGital — July 4, 2014 @ 12:14 pm

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