In a city that gave birth to Motown, the automotive industry and Eminem, controversy over one of its citizens' once again rears its ugly head. The iconic movie hero that spawned two sequels and a comic book by Dark horse comics and also an animated series in 1988 is making another comeback. Did I forget the live action TV series in the mid nineties?
We all remember the story of Detroit Policeman Alex Murphy who voluntarily transferred from his cushy post in Birmingham to the crime ridden streets of Detroit in the near future. On his first day he and his partner chased a gang of drug dealers back to their lair and he was killed.
Technology had advanced to the point where death was merely a matter of legal debate and profit margins as the evil megacorp OCP decided to buy the city and use a cyborg police force to control the crime in the impoverished metropolis. Murphy in his new Robocop form is the prototype of this new police force.
However , when the human half of this law enforcement machine decides to follow his own mind and over ride his programming, OCP launches another and more powerful totally robotic entity, ED 2000 to replace and kill Murphy.
Well in the real world, a group of sci-fi fan boys and geeks(not unlike Examiner.com) has decided to erect a statue in the Motor City to honor the one of the most famous Sci-fi and Comic books icons to ever come out of the "D."
50,000 dollars was raised in order to create this immortal homage to the flesh and steel representation of law and order. This event was not without controversy though. Many people in a city with the highest unemployment rate in the country felt that the money could have been used for more practical efforts than to erect a statue of a fictional character.
This Examiner has lived in suburbs outside of the city all of his life and this event was one of the few that appealed to the creative spirit of this web reporter. This Examiner has faced difficult financial burdens like unemployment and currently under-employment ,(just barely making a living with a minimal wage job.) However, call me crazy or stupid but due to my fascination with this genre of literature and entertainment, I like the idea and plan on being there on Dedication day.
I'll cover it for Examiner .com and hopefully get an interview with John Leonard, an artist and one of the organizers of the fundraising efforts. "Dead or alive you are coming with me!"