Review: Magnus: Robot Fighter #2
Russell Magnus thought he was a normal man living a normal life…until massive robots tore him from his home and thrust him into a world where men are controlled by machines! How does he get back to his family? Who is the mysterious and deadly Leeja Clane? And why is Magnus so damn good at fighting robots? FRED VAN LENTE (GI Joe) and CORY SMITH (Fathom) bring mechanized mayhem to the Gold Key Universe!
Magnus: Robot Fighter fights on this month with the release of issue #2 in his new series from Dynamite. The story is written by Fred Van Lente with art by Cory Smith. Mauricio Wallace handles colors with Marshall Dillon tackling lettering. The first issue got things off to an interesting start, but how does the second installment hold up?
Russell Magnus thought he lived a perfect life. He had a wife, a child on the way, and a big computer father-figure in a land where humans and robots live together in harmony. Then he woke up in a world where robots were on the top of the food chain and humans were subservient. After fighting a few robots, Magnus finds himself on the wrong side of the law. When he finds himself in prison, the mystery behind Magnus starts to run deeper. He can see and hear machines communicating in a way no one else can. With his newfound powers in this crazy new world, Magnus starts to try to put the pieces of the puzzle together. Why is he here? What is going on? Why is Leeja Clane, one of the only real humans Magnus has seen, trying to lock him up?
Fred Van Lente writes a strong second story. We get a few questions answered, but the mystery goes deeper as the true scope and scale of Magnus’ talents are brought to light. This is a story where we’re being shown one thing and told another. What’s really going on is something we have to keep reading to find out. Smith’s art is good overall. Magnus looks like a man out of place and the robots look futuristic but still somewhat based in our current times. With the book’s background for the majority of the time being empty, white, sterile panels in prison, any flaws or inconsistencies stand out. They are few and far between, but all white backgrounds are unforgiving. Wallace’s colors are toned down for the majority of the characters and settings, but Magnus’ red and blue outfit really stands out. The ‘flashback’ sequences feature some pastel-like colors that require a light touch. It works well.
Bottom Line: Magnus Robot Fighter #2 is starting to set some really big things up, so it will be interesting to see where Van Lente and company go. 3.5/5
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