Dark Horse Day Series: Robocop Is Half-Man, Half-Machine

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Robocop vs The Terminator. AP Photo/Dark Horse Comics.

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IN MAD SCIENCE

INTRO

By now, we’ve all seen the original “Robocop” released in 1987. Indeed, it was the movie that marked the decade characterized by other popular movies such as “The Terminator.”

Let’s delve into why Robocop is one of the most avant-garde cyberpunk concepts from the 80s.

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ORIGIN STORY

Robocop.
Robocop. AP Photo.

To begin, “Robocop” (1987) is about the police force. Particularly, it is about a Detroit police officer named Alex J. Murphy. Tragically, he is killed in the line of duty by a vicious crime gang. Ingeniously, a company called Omni Consumer Products transforms the fallen hero into a cyborg. Then, he becomes… Robocop.

HALF MAN, HALF MACHINE

Properly speaking, “Robocop” (1987) is an experiment. To this end, let’s test the boundaries between human life and machine programming. In many respects, the cyberpunk culture has produced here a cult film. In fact, the success of “Robocop” is revolutionary in itself. Indeed, it opened the general public’s minds to the possibility of cyborgs, robots and artificial intelligence.

Certainly, Robocop is half man, half machine. Science fiction plays with the limits of reality. Here, logic is bent when a human brain is put inside a machine. Without a doubt, it is the birth of a cyborg. What makes Robocop stand out is the fact he is also a police officer. His commitment to upholding the law is unquestionable though his methods are deemed too violent.

 

Robocop. AP Photo.

HYPER VIOLENCE

Perhaps, the most distinctive element of “Robocop” and its comic adaptations, is its hyper violence. Of course, Hollywood has made it a defined formula to use violence to counter social mores. In fact, this is what is viewed as social progress. What makes Robocop succeed is that lethal violence is served in the cool, logical voice of a machine. But, at the service of the law.

In this regard, much ink has been spilled about violence in Hollywood movies. For some reason, it seems the general public responds positively to artistic works that breathe authentic counter-culture. To this end, cyberpunk seized the imagination of the crowds in the 80s. Indeed, the hyper violence in “Robocop” made for entertainment not seen before on movie screens. And novelty, is the order of the day.

Robocop. AP Photo.

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FRANK MILLER GAVE THE FANS WHAT THEY WANTED

Robocop vs The Terminator. AP Photo/Dark Horse Comics.

Using elements from both the RoboCop and Terminator universes, the comic book series puts its own spin on proceedings by having Skynet send three Terminators back in time to Detroit to protect a burnt out RoboCop from a lone human soldier (also) sent back to destroy him.

Discovering that the technology used to build him is partly responsible for the future development of Skynet, RoboCop soon sets upon himself to take down Skynet in the post-apocalyptic future single-handedly. Part of the story focuses on his mind, the only part left of him, hiding and moving throughout Skynet’s systems, fighting back as best he can.

-“RoboCop Versus The Terminator,” ROBOCOP WIKI
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SOURCES

RoboCop in Robocop Wiki.
RoboCop Versus The Terminator in Robocop Wiki.

Dark Horse Day: “The Witcher: House Of Glass” Is The Monster Hunter’s First Supernatural Comic Tale Of Horror And Suspense (Part II)

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In 'The Witcher: House of Glass' (2014) #1, the Witcher is introduced for the first time.
In ‘The Witcher: House of Glass’ (2014) #1, the Witcher is introduced for the first time. AP Photo/Dark Horse Comics.

IN GODS, MONSTERS AND INFINITE POWER

THE WITCHER AND JAKOB SPEND TWO HOURS IN THE HOUSE OF GLASS LOOKING FOR MARTA

In 'Witcher: House of Glass' (2014) #2, with a spell, the Witcher sets a Ghoul on fire.
In ‘The Witcher: House of Glass’ (2014) #2, with a spell, the Witcher sets a Ghoul on fire. AP Photo/Dark Horse Comics.
Our tale continues in the House of Glass,
Witcher and Jakob, on the trail of Marta's,
"Aard," twice a blast to shock a hideous Ghoul,
"Igni," a spell to set on fire a hideous Ghoul,
A door creeks into a room, full of dead corpses!
Soon, it is time for dinner, wine and lapses!

WITH JAKOB GONE, WITCHER BEFRIENDS VARA, A SUCCUBUS

In 'Witcher: House of Glass' #2, Vara puts her demonic charm on the Witcher.
In ‘The Witcher: House of Glass’ (2014) #2, Vara puts her demonic charm on the Witcher. AP Photo/Dark Horse Comics.
Deep in sleep,Witcher is jolted by a demoness,
Changing her form, Witcher befriends a succubus,
Together, strangers explore the House of Glass,
Taken into a room, boredom overtakes them in a library of books,
Under demonic charm, Witcher rejects "human weakness,"
Then, it is time for a magical feast!

Curiously, the demoness gives the Witcher a key,
Sinisterly, she takes him to a trapdoor full of cursed bodies.

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SOURCES

The Witcher: House of Glass in The Official Witcher Wiki.

Dark Horse Day: 5 Reasons Why The 300 Taking On The Persian Army Is The Greatest Human Feat

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In '300' (1998) #1, King Leonidas and the 300 Spartans march towards Thermopylae.
In ‘300’ (1998) #1, King Leonidas and the 300 Spartans march towards Thermopylae. AP Photo/Dark Horse Comics.
Official Name

300

Universe

Dark Horse

Heroes

300 Spartans with King Leonidas.

Villains

King Xerxes and armies of Persia.

Creators

Frank Miller and Lynn Varley.

RELIGIOUS WARFARE

5. KING LEONIDAS AND THE SPARTANS’ FEAT IS HISTORICAL

Under Xerxes I, the Persian army moved south through Greece on the eastern coast, accompanied by the Persian navy moving parallel to the shore. To reach its destination at Attica, the region controlled by the city-state of Athens, the Persians needed to go through the coastal pass of Thermopylae (or the “Hot Gates,” so known because of nearby sulfur springs). In the late summer of 480 B.C., Leonidas led an army of 6,000 to 7,000 Greeks from many city-states, including 300 Spartans, in an attempt to prevent the Persians from passing through Thermopylae.

Leonidas established his army at Thermopylae, expecting that the narrow pass would funnel the Persian army toward his own force. For two days, the Greeks withstood the determined attacks of their far more numerous enemy. Leonidas’ plan worked well at first, but he did not know that there was a route over the mountains to the west of Thermopylae that would allow the enemy to bypass his fortified position along the coast.

A local Greek told Xerxes about this other route and led the Persian army across it, enabling them to surround the Greeks. Much of the Greek force retreated rather than face the Persian army. An army of Spartans, Thespians and Thebans remained to fight the Persians. Leonidas and the 300 Spartans with him were all killed, along with most of their remaining allies. The Persians found and beheaded Leonidas’ corpse–an act that was considered to be a grave insult.

-“Leonidas,” History

4. IT OCCURS DURING THE GREEK HEROIC AGE

The Greek Heroic Age is an important part in Hellenism. Though there is disagreement on its starting and its ending years, Greek poet Hesiod agreed it started with the Bronze Age and ended with the Iron Age.

It is agreed that they lived during the times of the war between Troy and Thebes, Hercules’ Twelve Labors and the voyage of Odysseus.

Ancient Greek myths, the stories about gods and heroes, are set sometime “long, long ago”. The ancient poet Hesiod, in his Works and Days, came up with a system of alternating generations of mortals – in English, it is customary to refer to “Ages” instead. The sequence starts with the Golden Age, followed by the Silver Age, the Bronze Age, the Age of Heroes, and finally the Iron Age. The Iron Age was the time when Hesiod himself lived, so contemporary ancient Greece (in his case, around 700 BC).

-An Age Of Heroes?, Ancient World Magazine

3. THERMOPYLAE AND MILITARY STRATEGY

In ‘300’ (1998) #1, King Leonidas gathers 300 Spartans in order to fight the Persian invasion. Because of the Persian numerical advantage, Leonidas uses a military strategy called “defeat in detail.”

Courageously, Leonidas marches the Spartan army to the narrow cliffs of of Thermopylae (“The Hot Gates”). There, the terrain will allow them to make a stand against the Persian army.

In '300' (1998) #1, King Leonidas and the 300 Spartans march towards Thermopylae.
In ‘300’ (1998) #1, King Leonidas and the 300 Spartans march towards Thermopylae. AP Photo/Dark Horse Comics.

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2. 300 SPARTANS VS THOUSAND PERSIANS

First, King Xerxes had conquered Asia and was headed for Greece. In fact, King Xerxes had gathered the Persian army and was worshiped as a god. Second, King Xerxes had an overwhelming numerical advantage in the war. Third, King Leonidas had only 300 Spartans who marched to Thermopylae on foot.

In contrast, King Xerxes and the Persian army had horses and carriages. The only advantage the Spartans had was military strategy. The reason why the 300 Spartans performed the greatest human feat was because they held off a more powerful army with an overwhelming numerical advantage.

In '300' (1998), King Leonidas fights the god Xerxes, the Emperor of Persia and his army at Thermopylae, The Hot Gates.
In ‘300’ (1998) #5, King Leonidas fights the god Xerxes, the Emperor of Persia and his army at Thermopylae, The Hot Gates. AP Photo/Dark Horse Comics.

1. GOD VS MAN: KING LEONIDAS PROVED “EVEN A GOD CAN BLEED”

In '300', King Leonidas' arrow injures Xerxes' right cheek. Photo/Dark Horse Comics.
In ‘300’ (1998) #5, King Leonidas’ arrow injures Xerxes’ right cheek. AP Photo/Dark Horse Comics.

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SOURCES

300 Vol 1 1 in Dark Horse Database.
Leonidas in HISTORY.
An Age of Heroes? in ANCIENT WORLD MAGAZINE
300 Vol 1 5 in Dark Horse Database

Dark Horse Day: “The Witcher: House Of Glass” Is The Monster Hunter’s First Supernatural Comic Tale Of Horror And Suspense

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In 'The Witcher: House of Glass' (2014) #1, the Witcher is introduced for the first time.
In ‘The Witcher: House of Glass’ (2014) #1, the Witcher is introduced for the first time. AP Photo/Dark Horse Comics.

IN GODS, MONSTERS AND INFINITE POWER

AT THE EDGE OF THE BLACK FOREST, THE WITCHER MEETS JAKOB

In 'The Witcher: House of Glass' (2014) #1, the Witcher is introduced for the first time.
In ‘The Witcher: House of Glass’ (2014) #1, the Witcher is introduced for the first time. AP Photo/Dark Horse Comics.
Our tale begins at the Black Forest's edge,
Witcher meets a man, Jakob, hunting sea flesh,
"Damn!" a first taunt as they meet, the sires,
Jakob tells the story of his wife turned vampire,
Two days of banter and bonfire companionship,
Two men depart for the Black Forest on strange trip.

IN THE BLACK FOREST, THE WITCHER VANQUISHES A LESHEN

In 'The Witcher: House Of Glass' (2014) #1, Witcher vanquishes the Black Forest's Leshen.
In ‘The Witcher: House of Glass’ (2014) #1, the Witcher vanquishes the Black Forest’s Leshen. AP Photo/Dark Horse Comics.
The Black Forest holds many secrets,
Terrifying, mesmerizing, the darkest:
"A daemonic hag with withered breasts",
Cackling cryptic messages and oracles,
Wandering the hoods in circles,
Marta's songbirds leading out Black Forest.
Light piercing through the woods,the day's hour,
Suddenly, a Leshen! Vanquished by Witcher.

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SOURCES

The Witcher: House of Glass in The Official Witcher Wiki.

Dark Horse Day: Godzilla: Kingdom Of Monsters

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In 'Godzilla: Kingdom Of Monsters' (2011) #1, Godzilla terrorizes the citizens of Japan.
In ‘Godzilla: Kingdom Of Monsters’ (2011) #1, Godzilla terrorizes the citizens of Japan. Photo/Dark Horse Comics

IN ORIGINS

Tokyo, Japan

The Japanese army has just embarked on a new form of war. A war against the Apocalypse. From the depths of the Pacific Ocean, a new, monstrous threat of gigantic proportions has just emerged.

On the beaches of Tokyo, a monster we call Godzilla has just appeared. The monster has overcome our fighter jets and we have been authorized to use a nuclear attack to take it down.

undefinedIn 'Godzilla: Kingdom Of Monsters' (2011) #1, Godzilla takes a nuclear blast.
In ‘Godzilla: Kingdom Of Monsters’ (2011) #1, Godzilla takes a nuclear blast. Photo/Dark Horse Comics

The monster could not be put down! The nuclear blast only made it stronger. It got a new power: atomic breath!

Godzilla rained fire on the citizens of Tokyo, trampling, destroying everything. What will our beloved leaders do?

What is atomic breath? Read on!

His trademark attack is his “Atomic Ray,” which is capable of devastating roughly one quarter of Tokyo in a single blast. A not so well known ability is to project a field of nuclear energy from his body, which is called a nuclear pulse.

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In 'Godzilla: Kingdom Of Monsters' (2011) #1, Godzilla destroys Tokyo with atomic breath.
In ‘Godzilla: Kingdom Of Monsters’ (2011) #1, Godzilla destroys Tokyo with atomic breath. Photo/Dark Horse Comics

SOURCES

Godzilla: Kingdom Of Monsters in Gojipedia King Of The Wikis.

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Dark Horse Day: Who Are The 300?

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The ‘300’ (1998) march towards Thermopylae. Photo/Dark Horse Comics.

THE GHOST FILES

PROJECT BLACK SKY: INVESTIGATION

In my investigation of the White City Butcher, I have stumbled upon a legend of myth. I was looking for clues on the demon who possessed James Barrow, and I found in the computer files, a file about the 300.

I opened it!

DATABASE FILES

In '300' (1998), King Leonidas and the 300 march towards Thermopylae to face the god Xerxes, Emperor of Persia and his army.

In ‘300’ (1998), King Leonidas and the 300 march towards Thermopylae to face a being of legend, the god Xerxes, the Emperor of Persia and his innumerable army.

According to legend, King Leonidas and his 300 bodyguards, were strong and proud men, who lived by Spartan law. When the Eupors would not consent to King Leonidas’ decision to go to war with the Emperor of Persia, King Leonidas embarked on a march with his 300 unbeknownst to the Eupors.

He faced Xerxes and his army at Thermopylae.

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In '300' (1998), King Leonidas fights the god Xerxes, the Emperor of Persia and his army at Thermopylae, The Hot Gates.
In ‘300’ (1998), King Leonidas faces Xerxes, the Emperor of Persia and his army at Thermopylae, The Hot Gates. Photo/Dark Horse Comics

Read on!

On arriving at the battlefield, a place called Thermopylae (the “Hot Gates”), Leonidas and his men picked the place where they will set up their defense. The Hot Gates was a pass between the mountains. If Leonidas could funnel the Persians into this area, their numbers would count for nothing. Thus, a wall was built which forced any attackers into the Hot Gates. When Xerxes attacked with his lightly armed Persians, they were unable to force the Spartans back despite their massive numerical superiority.

The first day of fighting ends well for the Spartans, and so Xerxes send in his elite troops, the Immortals, so called because their unit was always kept at one thousand men strong. They were Xerxes’s personal body guard and highly trained. After a bloody battle, the Spartans are once again victorious. The second day passed in much the same way. It seems as if the Spartans will succeed.

‘Leonidas’, Dark Horse Database

Unfortunately for the brave Spartan King, someone would betray him. The Immortals closed in on the Spartans, and the warriors were slaughtered.

In '300' (1998), King Leonidas and the Spartans fight back against the Immortals of Emperor Xerxes' army.
In ‘300’ (1998), King Leonidas and the Spartans fight back against the Immortals of Emperor Xerxes’ army. Photo/Dark Horse Comics

Read on!

However, Leonidas is betrayed. A traitor showed Xerxes a secret pass through the mountains used by goat herders that allows the few remaining Immortals to get behind the Spartans. The few Greek guards are slaughtered, and by morning, Leonidas is surrounded.

Earlier on, he had sent a messenger back to Sparta to tell them the tale of the defenders and to psyche them up for war. He then turned to his men and said, “Make breakfast and eat hearty, for tonight we dine in hell!”

This prophecy proved accurate when Xerxes gave Leonidas a final chance to surrender. He dropped to his knees, and removes his helmet and shield. At first it appears he is giving in. Suddenly, one of his men kills the messenger standing between him and the emperor. The Persian troops began to shoot the Spartans down with arrows, but Leonidas managed to throw his spear. His spear slices open Xerxes’s cheek, wounding the supposedly divine Emperor and proving that even a god can bleed.

‘Leonidas’, Dark Horse Database
In '300' (1998), assailed by arrows and the death of his warriors, King Leonidas hurls his battle cry at Xerxes "Die", hurling an arrow at the Persian Emperor.
In ‘300’ (1998), King Leonidas hurls his battle cry at Xerxes “Die”, hurling an arrow at the Persian Emperor. Photo/Dark Horse Comics
In '300', King Leonidas' arrow injures Xerxes' right cheek. Photo/Dark Horse Comics.
In ‘300’, King Leonidas’ arrow injures Xerxes’ left cheek. Photo/Dark Horse Comics.

The story of King Leonidas and the 300 ends with King Leonidas injuring Xerxes’ left cheek and dying pierced by spears and arrows. The 300 die on the battlefield.

The story is a powerful myth. It made me consider possible connections between James Barrow and demons of a Greek origin.

As I continue my investigation, I remain haunted by these heroes of myth and wonder if what happened to them, will also happen to me. I am Ghost after all!

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Dark Horse Day: The Death Star

The Death Star surrounded by space ships in space with Yoda talking.
The Death Star.

Today, we talk about the be-all end-all of science-fiction modes of transportation. Star Wars is replete with advanced modes of transportation, space ships, refined weaponry and methods of warfare. I present to you, the Death Star!

BIO

Death Star was a gargantuan space station armed with a planet-destroying superlaser.”

-“Death Star“, Dark Horse Database

The Death Star is a moon-size space station created by the Galactic Empire “to be the most powerful force in the galaxy.” The Death Star is able to destroy an entire planet as demonstrated “by a test firing on Princess Leia’s [planet] of Alderaan at full power and the prison planet of Despayre at [half] power.” (Death Star)

Commanded by Grand Moff Tarkin of the Galactic Empire with a crew of over 250,000, the Death Star can house around 700,000 personnel once: gunners, troops and support staff are included, It also boast an impressive arsenal including: TIE Fighters, strike cruisers, blast boats and assault shuttles. It also has defense weapons ranging from turbo blasters to ion cannons and tractor beams.”

-“Death Star“, Comic Vine

Creation

The Death Star was created by George Lucas in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977). The Death Star first appeared in Marvel Special Edition Featuring Star Wars #2 (1978).

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Dark Horse Day: Conan the Barbarian

“Know, O Prince, that between the years when the oceans drank Atlantis and the gleaming cities, and the years of the rise of the sons of Aryas, there was an age undreamed of, when shining kingdoms lay across the world like blue mantles beneath the stars… Hither came Conan the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer, with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth, to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth under his sandaled feet.”
– The Nemedian Chronicles

Today, we talk about war! War is a fact of life, a tale of glory, a battle for power and no one embodies this more than Conan the Barbarian.

Conan’s origin

“It may sound fantastic to link the term ‘realism’ with Conan; but as a matter of fact – his supernatural adventures aside – he is the most realistic character I ever evolved. He is simply a combination of a number of men I have known, and I think that’s why he seemed to step full-grown into my consciousness when I wrote the first yarn of the series. Some mechanism in my sub-consciousness took the dominant characteristics of various prize-fighters, gunmen, bootleggers, oil field bullies, gamblers, and honest workmen I had come in contact with, and combining them all, produced the amalgamation I call Conan the Cimmerian”.

– Robert E. Howard

Conan is a warrior-born who was born among the Cimmerians who migrated east of Atlantis some time before it sank to the ocean and was destroyed. Conan is a warrior-born as said, and was actually born on a battlefield between the Cimmerians and the Vanir. Conan’s father and his tribe encircled Fialla, his mother, as she was giving birth to Conan. This was an omen that Conan would become a great warrior.

Before the age of seven he crippled Donal, a bully in his own tribe, who was much older and bigger than himself. By age eight he was wielding an ax well enough to chop firewood for the tribe, and he was also training with the longsword, spear, and dagger. He was officially accepted as a man of the tribe that year when he rescued the tribe’s war chief from a hungry pack of wolves – killing one of the wolves with his bare hands and teeth in the process!

– ‘Conan’, Comic Vine

Conan eventually became a fighter, a mercenary, a thief, and a King wandering exotic and supernatural lands during the Hyborian Age. (Conan)

Powers and Abilities

Conan is an expert hunter, unarmed combatant, swordsman, horseman and archer. He is one of the most accomplished swordsmen in the Hyborian Age. (Conan)

Conan has a high level of strength, speed, and agility for a human and is able to lift very large objects. He has dealt over the years with magicians, sorcerers, and witches and has built a resistance to magical spells. He is also a master tactician who is able to lead armies into battle. (Conan)

SUPER FEAT: Conan Defeats a Frost Giant

Conan is a warrior-born, one born from battle lust, supernatural power, and the desire to conquer. He exemplifies the power to overcome the human condition with physical power and intelligence.

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