Published: March, 1990 – April, 1990
Written by: Alan Grant
Art by: Lee Sullivan, Kim DeMulder, Steve White
Based on: Robocop by Edward Neumeier, Michael Miner
Marvel Comics, 46 Pages
When I was in fifth grade, I used to walk a mile or so down to the corner store in my small Florida neighborhood a few times a week to buy a slushie and some comic books. Usually my granmum would give me five bucks once or twice a week because she liked the fact that I was into comics and could easily read through a dozen per day. That corner store is where I came across Marvel’s RoboCop series, which started a few months before Robocop 2 hit theaters.
This story arc is covered in the first two issues of that series. It’s not officially called RoboCop vs. NixCop. Issue #1 was called Kombat Zone and issue #2 was called Murphy’s Law. Even though they were single issues, they form a two issue arc pitting RoboCop against the new deadly NixCops from OCP’s rival corporation NixCo.
Marvel’s RoboCop was a violent and very action packed series, which is what I loved about it at 11 years-old. It also seemed to be in a dirtier, grittier Detroit from the films and it had more advanced technology like hoverbikes and floating trash droids. Detroit in the comics felt more like the Los Angeles in Blade Runner than the Detroit of RoboCop. But that was kind of cool and I don’t think I really noticed it back in 1990.
This was really fun to revisit for me because I hadn’t read this in well over twenty years but I did read these issues a lot in the early ’90s. I thought the villainous NixCops were cool and I liked the idea of an evil RoboCop that was closer to the actual RoboCop than the ED-209s or Cain from RoboCop 2. I also liked how OCP had a rival company that was worse than they were.
While this is far from a great comic, it is still very good and better than I thought it would be. I guess I had good taste at 11.
Pairs well with: the other Marvel RoboCop stories after this, as well as DC Comics Cops series (based off of the sci-fi cartoon and not the reality series).