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By Brian Jacks


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"This story is going to be one of those punches to the gut that Frank Miller is so expert at delivering," says Avatar Press editor-in-chief William Christensen. "It knocks you on your ass even when you think you see what's coming. And if you think you see what's coming from Miller's Robocop, you're wrong. This is the Robocop story Frank Miller always intended, composed straight from his original writings and scripts. The vast majority of this material never made it onto the screen, but we're unleashing it in its full glory now. To think that there is this Miller story from just a few years after Dark Knight that has gone largely untold is amazing. We're working closely with Miller to get all of his original vision for the character into this comic book saga just the way he wants it, and he is overseeing and approving the entire process. We took this approach in a similar situation with Alan Moore's The Courtyard, and that series was one of the most critically-acclaimed and popular indy comics successes of the year so far, so I'm very confident we're hitting our marks on Miller's Robocop -- we're getting that pure Miller insanity into every drop of ink on the comic page."

"I'd seen the first Robocop movie maybe three days earlier. Thought it was a hoot, maybe the best superhero movie yet," recalls creator Frank Miller of the circumstances under which this epic got its start. "Straight out of the blue, producer Jon Davison called me up, offering me the script job for Robocop's sequel. I lunged at the chance. My first draft is a study in exuberance. I had a ball."

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"These new adaptations of Frank's Robocop screenplays are a goldmine for Miller fans," says writer Steven Grant, who is adapting Miller's vision to the comic page for this epic. "They have the same wry, staccato punch that The Dark Knight Returns had, and were written in the same period, and there's tons in them that never made it through the Hollywood system onto the screen. The films are the Cliff's Notes versions of the screenplays."

"Space is always a big disadvantage in adapting screenplays; given that screenplays are often 120 pages long and a page of screenplay action can fill up several pages of a comic book, the adapter inevitably has to cut 75% of the screenplay out to fit it into the number of issues the publisher allots," Grant continues. "Not the new Robocop adaptations. Avatar said, "Tell us how many issues you need -- what's important is we get everything in!" So we have all the room we want and that means everything's in there -- every plot point, every character bit, every sly joke that Frank put in the screenplay. And all the dialogue. I'm there to facilitate things, but virtually everything in Frank Miller's Robocop comes directly from the screenplay. It's pure Frank Miller, in all his glory. And it's great Frank Miller. Miller fans will love it, The Dark Knight Returns fans will love it. Robocop fans will love it too, and it'll be an eye opener for anyone who wants to compare the comic to the movie version."

"Miller's storytelling ability has made him one of the very best creators in comics, and working on his scripts is what first attracted me to this project," adds series artist Juan Jose Ryp, whose eye-poppingly detailed visuals and precise linework on projects such as Shi: Pandora's Box and Alan Moore's Another Suburban Romance has drawn comparison with the likes of Geof Darrow and Brian Bolland. "The prospect of drawing Robo himself is also very appealing. He's a very interesting character, both graphically and in the possibility of exploring his visual personality. And of course, the background is this big, dirty, anarchic, ultra-violent metropolis. I don't see how this project could be more appetizing."

Frank Miller's Robocop is a nine issue full color mini-series beginning in July 2003 from Avatar/Pulsar Press, with story by Frank Miller, art by Juan Jose Ryp, sequential adaptation by Steven Grant, and color by Nimbus

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