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Frank Miller's Robocop by Frank Miller

Frank Miller's Robocop

by Frank Miller, Steven Grant, Juan Jose Ryp (Illustrator)

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By the end of the 1980s, Frank Miller reigned as one of the most respected creators within comics. Not surprisingly given the similarities between the mediums, he soon received opportunities to work in film.

Miller's big opportunity arrived with Robocop 2. The first Robocop movie, a low budget sf actioneer directed by the then virtually unknown Paul Verhoeven, proved wildly popular. Due to a writer's strike, the studio contacted Miller, fresh from his success of [b:Batman: The Dark Knight Returns|59960|Batman The Dark Knight Returns|Frank Miller|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1327892039s/59960.jpg|1104159], and hired him to write the sequel. His screenplay was considered "unfilmable" and Miller removed from the project. Only pieces survived through the numerous re-writes and into the universally disliked movie. The original screenplay attained an almost "urban legend" status. In the early 2000s, Avatar Press publisher William Christensen, who owned a copy, contacted Miller about a comic adaptation. Originally published as the nine issue mini-series Frank Miller's Robocop from Avatar (2003-2006), Boom Studios collects the entire story as Robocop Volume 1.

Since Miller lacked the time to write or draw the comic, veteran writer [a:Steven Grant|61916|Steven Grant|http://www.goodreads.com/assets/nophoto/user/u_50x66-d9f6a4a5badfda0f69e70cc94d962125.png] and artist [a:Juan José Ryp|24601|Juan José Ryp|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1335820904p2/24601.jpg] (best known for [b:Alan Moore's Another Suburban Romance|59711|Alan Moore Another Suburban Romance|Alan Moore|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1344390825s/59711.jpg|58109]) oversaw the project. Miller and Grant successfully create an intriguing tale of despair and loss that further humanizes our hero Murphy only to tragically strip away at his essence. At times beautiful, Ryp's cluttered and chaotic art degrades the tale, often making sequences unreadable. While the flawed, über-violent story only shallowly touches on the important issues of law enforcement, drug use, the poor, and the societal role of corporations, it is by no means "unfilmable." Disappointingly, Robocop Volume 1 offers no introduction or text pieces explaining the story's interesting origins. ( )
  rickklaw | Oct 13, 2017 |
Not bad. Mostly revolves around violence and pictures of extremely well endowed women. The character development largely isn't as interesting as the movie and the psychotics are pushed to the edge of unbelievability. On the other hand, it was a good quick read. T ( )
  JonathanGorman | May 23, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 159291036X, Hardcover)

Frank Miller's original "Robocop" epic is finally available in one massive tome collecting all nine issues of the series! "Robocop" was one of the truly great bits of movie and pop culture magic from the 80's, and Frank Miller wanted to deliver a masterpiece with his original movie script, but Hollywood massively edited his work. In full-on action, the Robocop story is told as Frank Miller always intended, composed straight from the master's original writings and scripts! The vast majority of Miller's insane ideas, vicious black humor, and robotic mayhem never made it to the screen, but every last bit is finally unleashed in this series! With sequential adaptation from Steven Grant and art by superstar Juan Jose Ryp, this sci-fi epic is not to be missed! Also available as a hardcover edition limited to 1000 copies with a new cover by artist Juan Jose Ryp.

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For the first time in years, fans will get the chance to see Robocop 2 as Frank Miller envisioned. This series adapts the famous Frank Miller Robocop 2 screenplay into an epic 9-issue run, full of malicious black humor, off-the-wall violence, and insanity. This book packs all the punches that fans craved from the sequel and so much more.… (more)

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