Magnus Robot Fighter discovers that he can speak to machines and understand their languages. With this skill, he can find their weaknesses and destroy them. As he escapes from the prison for robot fighters, he gains a new ally and confronts Leeja, his jailor and interrogator. Will the human traitor stop him?
Fred Van Lente spins Asimov’s three rules for robots and applies them to humans instead. This simple inversion makes the story interesting in many ways. We already knew that humans were slaves to robots. But with these well-known rules, Van Lente plays with cultural symbols to craft a better Magnus Robot Fighter. I admit that this is the best Magnus Robot Fighter comic book series published. That means better than the 1990s Valiant version.
Cory Smith is excellent and creates work like Don Heck but for a new audience. His illustration style is not as popular as it used to be. It feels like pencil drawings and dirtier inks. Yet, it adds just enough grit to what could have been a slick depiction of robots. His robots are menacing yet still look like the spaghetti legs f the 1960s. But with his dirty lines, Smith makes the robots evil and less than the perfect machines they claim to be.