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Dark Horse Day Series: Robocop vs The Terminator

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Robocop.
Robocop.

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IN ADVANCED WARFARE

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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FRANK MILLER

Notably, Frank Miller is the quintessential American comic writer of the ’80s. Really, his body of work is both revolutionary and deconstructionist. Some of his most celebrated works include Sin City, 300, Batman: Year One and the revolutionary The Dark Knight Returns. So, when Frank Miller set out in the ’90s to work on Robocop, people took notice.

SKYNET WEAPONIZED ROBOCOP’S TECH

To begin, Frank Miller’s series brings together different elements of the Robocop and Terminator universes. There are Skynet and its Time Displacement technology, human rebels and Robocop’s brain. In Robocop vs The Terminator (1992), a female soldier in the year 2029 is sent back to the past. Incredibly, her mission is to kill Robocop. At the same time, a trio of Terminators are sent to the past on a mission to protect Robocop.

As the series progresses, we learn that Robocop’s tech is in part responsible for the creation of Skynet. From there, it is a race against time for Robocop to disable Skynet in the future and the past. Of course, in Miller’s style there is a twist at the end which will bring a dramatic resolution. Probably, this is one of the most popular Robocop stories in the medium.

 

Robocop.
Robocop.

ROBOCOP VS THE TERMINATOR

In Robocop vs Terminator (1992) #2, Robocop rumbles with a trio of Terminators. Since Robocop is trying to take down Skynet, he ends up fighting the Terminators. Violently, the battle spans multiple pages. And it features Terminators firing live ammunition at the cyborg.

In the beginning, the Terminators ID Robocop as their Creator. Immediately, they switch mission parameters to “terminate.”1 Soon, Robocop fights mano a mano against their leader. Then, falling through buildings, Alex ends up ripping the android’s head off. What a fitting finish!

The Terrminator.
The Terminator.

CHECK OUT THE STORY: Robocop Is Half-Man, Half-Machine.

FRANK MILLER GAVE THE FANS WHAT THEY WANTED

Frank Miller.

In his review, Zac Thompson at Bloody Disgusting compares Frank Miller’s and Walter Simonson’s work to music.

If you are a music fan, discovering a book like Robocop versus The Terminator HC would be like finding out two of your favorite bands made a kick-ass record together you never heard about way back when. Add to the mix two more iconic music producers (analogy ongoing) creators in Frank Miller and Walter Simonson. This is what you could call a no-brainer if you’re a fan of even only ONE of these four icons. You literally cannot lose by reading this book. It’s perfect for a summer road trip or any other time you want to see a genuinely amazing epic this season. I honestly had no idea what to expect when I opened this book up. I am so glad I discovered this hidden gem and you will be too.

-“Review: “Robocop Versus The Terminator” HC”, BLOODY DISGUSTING
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NEXT: ROBOCOP IS THE CYBORG OF THE 80s. DECEMBER 1ST.


LINKS

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns in DC Database.
RoboCop Versus The Terminator in Robocop Wiki.
Review: “Robocop Versus The Terminator” HC in Bloody Disgusting.
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Metropolis Battles: RoboCop vs Terminator

In In 'Robocop Versus The Terminator' (2014) #2, Robocop and Terminator rumble over part of the technology used to build him in order to develop Skynet.
 

BATTLES OF THE WEEK

In 'Robocop versus The Terminator' (2014) #2, three Terminators storm a hospital whose mission it is to terminate Robocop.
In ‘RoboCop versus The Terminator’ (2014) #2, three Terminators storm a hospital in Cadillac Heights whose mission it is to terminate Flo, a human soldier from the future that time traveled to kill RoboCop and prevent Skynet’s creation. Photo/Marvel Comics

The two contestants enter the hospital in Cadillac Heights. On the left side is RoboCop, the cyborg cop, and on the right side is Terminator, the killing machine.

RoboCop
SUPER-STRENGTH: METAHUMAN
SUPER-SPEED: METAHUMAN
DURABILITY: BUILDING
ENERGY PROJECTION: CITY BLOCK
FIGHTING-SKILLS: EXPERT COMBATANT
INTELLIGENCE: GENIUS
PARAPHERNALIA
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In 'Robocop versus The Terminator' (2014) #2, three Terminators storm a hospital in Cadillac Heights whose mission it is to terminate Robocop.
Terminator
SUPER-STRENGTH: METAHUMAN
SUPER-SPEED: METAHUMAN
DURABILITY: CITY BLOCK
ENERGY PROJECTION: BUILDING
FIGHTING-SKILLS: WARRIOR
INTELLIGENCE: GENIUS
PARAPHERNALIA
  • T-800.

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THE FIGHT

In ‘RoboCop Versus The Terminator’ (2014) #2, RoboCop and Terminator rumble over part of the technology used to build him in order to develop Skynet.

WINNER: ROBOCOP WINS

ROBOCOP IN COMICS

‘RoboCop versus The Terminator’ #1 (2012) is set in the year 2029. It is about a female soldier named Flo that time travels to RoboCop’s time to kill Alex Murphy. Three terminators are sent back in time in order to protect RoboCop.

'Robocop versus The Terminator' #1 (2012) is set in the year 2029. It is about a female soldier named Flo that time travels to Robocop's time to kill Alex Murphy.
‘Robocop versus The Terminator’ #1 (2012) is set in the year 2029. It is about a female soldier named Flo that time travels to RoboCop’s time to kill Alex Murphy. Photo/Dark Horse Comics

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LINKS

RoboCop versus The Terminator #2 in Comic Vine.
RoboCop versus The Terminator #1 in Comic Vine.
RoboCop in Robocop Wiki.
Terminator in Comic Vine.
The History Of RoboCop Comics in Den Of Geek.

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