A murdered cop is recruited to work for an afterlife police force that battles spirits not yet ready to depart this world.
More and more in the time since comic books started to take off as Hollywood fodder, you can find some created as thinly veiled movie pitches. They’ll foist substandard writing and art on readers — but hey, studio execs, how about that can’t-miss micro-kernel of an idea, or that killer title? “Cowboys & Aliens” is a case in point. At a glance, the undead-cops yarn “R.I.P.D.” seems like another example, a low-profile comic with a clever name — “Rest in Peace Department,” in full — and the good fortune to grab the attention of Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds.