The cyborg warrior of justice, Alex Murphy, is hitting the illustrated streets of Detroit again this April. Set to release on the 11th, this latest installment looks to be a much more technologically advanced Detroit than its crime infested streets from that of its earlier movie timeline counterpart. This new series looks at a healthier Detroit, after much investment from the corporate goliath Omni Consumer Products (OCP). However, this positive shift is just a faced, as this new Detroit is an almost Orwellian dystopia, where everyone has their eyes on everyone.
This six-issue series will be the collaboration of writer Brian Wood (Aliens: Defiance, Northlanders) and artist Jorge Coelho (Loki: Agent of Asgard, Haunted Mansion). Issue one will feature variant covers from artist Nimit Malavia (Wolverine and Jubilee, Vitalis Chronicles) and artist Jim Towe (Youngblood, Riverdale)
”Brian Wood, the visionary writer behind DMZ and Briggs Land , and Jorge Coelho ( Venom, Rocket Racoon ) present a provocative vision of a future where justice is crowdsourced and lethal. It's been decades since the RoboCop program first began. Corporations have taken over the schools 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.”
Previews World writer and editor Vince Brusio recently had an interview with RoboCop writer Brian Wood. The interview gave some good insight to what kind of story this will be and where is Alex Murphy in all of this. Here’s a small excerpt from that interview …
Vince Brusio: The title of the series is “Citizens Arrest,” and it ties into the idea that justice is now “crowdsourced.” So does this mean that — in the future — a day in the life is to see a monthly Kickstarter launched for wasting street gangs? Are those the facts on the ground?
Brian Wood: That's not what's happening in this series, no. It's more of a "if you see something say something" idea with a cynical edge, a monetized edge. The population of New Detroit has been given, thanks to this new iteration of OCP, a financial incentive to not only report crimes, but to seek out crimes to report. And how small a jump is that to setting up your neighbor for a quick buck?
Vince Brusio: Ok, so let’s examine the tag line for this series: “See Something. Say Something. Shoot Something.” That’s pretty direct. But life isn’t direct. It’s grey, not black and white. What’s happening on the front lines culturally in the world of RoboCop? We get the sense from the book’s solicitation that there are plenty of people who are all-in for taking out the garbage. But are there voices who say the smell of it wasn’t so bad, and we should just deal with it?
Brian Wood: The series is set about twenty years after the first RoboCop film, and it’s very much a near future world where everything's been pushed to an extreme, everything is recognizable, but right on the edge. A new OCP is here to buy up and privatize all city services – from government to fire to the police – and is doing what needs doing to prove its concept, to deliver the right numbers for the sake of its bottom line. And, in time, to franchise it out to other cities. And, hey, it’s turned Detroit around, with its massive army of AI law enforcement, a compliant public, and a city that feels reborn. But, you know, at what cost? If someone's winning, who's losing?
“I'd buy that for a dollar!”
Issue #1 is set to retail at $3.99, the Towe variant art cover will be at $8, and the six issue subscription is set at $19.15. If you’re interested in subscribing to the series, Boom advices “,As this is a limited series of 6 issues, the subscription offer is only available prior to the on-sale date of Issue #1.”