Issue(s): Thunderstrike #8
Hey! Robocop was a good sci-fi movie!
They take Officer Zero out on a test in the rain, and it goes haywire, finds some real criminals, and executes them.
And then attacks Code Blue when they try to stop it.
It turns out the creator of the robot had a brother who was suspected of being a dirty cop. The brother was Mad Dog Rassitano's former partner. And so the creator subconsciously programmed Officer Zero to take revenge. When the scientist learns about this, he kills himself, halting the robot (which was connected to him via a cybernetic attachment).
Meanwhile Marcy Steele, Susan Austin, and Eric Masterson have tracked down Bobby Steele, who has kidnapped Marcy and Eric's son. Marcy isn't happy that Susan called Eric in.
Kevin gets Bobby to admit that he's taking steroids, with the implication that it's causing his rage issues. But before Kevin can fully get through to him, Eric busts in as Thunderstrike.
His efforts are unappreciated.
It's weird how much space Code Blue gets in this book, to the point where in this issue they get an unrelated parallel story that takes up half the issue. When i opened this issue and saw "Officer Zero", i would never have guessed that Thunderstrike wouldn't fight or even meet it by the end. Code Blue will soon get their own stories as part of a split book with Thunderstrike, and maybe this issue was a prototype for that, but all of these characters were of course introduced during DeFalco & Frenz's Thor run, so maybe it felt "natural" for them to continue to appear here. But they don't intrinsically have anything to do with each other.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: As noted in last issue's Considerations, even though Thunderstrike is dealing with the kidnapping of Kevin that he learned about at the end of last issue, enough time has passed for Andrew 'Jock' Jackson's funeral to have taken place.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (2): showBobby Steele, Fireworks Fielstein, Kevin Masterson, Mad Dog Rassitano, Marcus Stone, Marcy Masterson Steele, Mother Majowski, Rigger Ruiz, Shelly Conklin, Susan Austin, Thunderstrike
I happen to like Code Blue. They remind me of DC's Metropolis SPECIAL CRIMES UNIT.
Posted by: clyde | February 22, 2018 2:50 PM
I like these books. They’ve got an old school feel to them.
Posted by: JSfan | February 22, 2018 5:13 PM
Am I the only one who thinks that everyone's being way too hard on Thunderstrike? Yeah, they don't know he's Eric but Bobby's been abusing drugs, hit Marcy once and now locked himself in a room with Kevin. It's not exactly true what Kevin said that his drug abuse only hurt himself.
Posted by: Michael | February 22, 2018 7:56 PM
Yeah, I think the characters go overboard in their complaints about how the situation was handled.
Also, Eric is buffer and hairier as Thunderstrike, but does he really look and sound so different that his son and ex-wife can't recognize him up close? Not to mention that Eric shows up angry at what Bobby's doing, then leaves and immediately Thunderstrike shows up angry about the same thing, and Eric doesn't rush back in to see how the "friend" he somehow called is resolving the crisis he was so pissed about.
Posted by: Mortificator | February 23, 2018 4:00 PM
I always assumed the magic of Odin changed Eric's face and voice enough to make him unrecognizable. You're right about everybody being too dumb to notice Eric disappearing and Thunderstrike reappearing- at least Bobby has the excuse of being on drugs.
Posted by: Michael | February 23, 2018 7:53 PM
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