Review: Magnus: Robot Fighter #3
How do you kill a robot fighter? Send a human. LEEJA CLANE: HUMAN HUNTER! Her guns are huge! Her car is fast! Her theme music is awesome! How’s Magnus possibly going to survive against an opponent with no robot parts? It’s flesh-and-blood brawling brought by FRED VAN LENTE (Conan The Barbarian) and CORY SMITH (Fathom)!
More punches are thrown this month in the pages of Magnus: Robot Fighter #3. The story is written by Fred Van Lente with art by Cory Smith. Mauricio Wallace tackles colors with Marshall Dillon providing lettering. Magnus has been off to a good start, but how are things shaping up now that our hero is in the thick of it?
Magnus has escaped from the robot jail he was thrown in after busting up a few bots when he awakened in the strange new world where robots reigned supreme. He’s now on the run with his new friend and broken robot H8R, but they’re being chased by a Human Hunter named Leeja. She’s relentless, she’s deadly, and she appears to be the star of the most popular show in North Am. When Magnus ends up surprising the viewers and proving he’s more than just a guy that can punch stuff in the face, he may have made Leeja’s job harder and less popular than it was before. There are some major political machinations in place, but can Magnus overcome and find out the truth of this odd world in which he’s found himself?
Fred Van Lente writes a very solid issue. There is a little less punching, a lot more story, and a heap more laughs to be had this time around. Be sure to keep your eyes opened for a few neat little cameos. It’s a fast-paced and witty issue overall. Smith’s art does a spectacular job of balancing the out-and-out humor Van Lente writes and the action of Magnus doing more action-y things like punching a flying car. Smith really gets to stretch all kinds of muscle with art that has to convey real emotion, humor, action, and even a few brief stretches of just characters standing and talking. Wallace gets to stretch just as much as Smith when it comes to colors. There is a subdued, grey filter to the sections that are being broadcast to the public, but then it clicks into bright, vibrant, pop-y colors to show Magnus on the run. The switch looks beautiful and makes for some nice transitions.
Bottom Line: Magnus is a good series and it’s getting better every month. We’re starting to see some of the larger things in play here, and it appears that Fred Van Lente and company are taking Magnus in a great direction. 4/5
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