Magnus reunites with his manhunter, Leeja in a double trap. The Transmech faction of NorthAm. The Transmech throw a mass of mutated humans at them to destroy them and then to recycle their human hearts and other body parts. Time is running out for the robot fighter caught in a religious war of machine. Can he and his former tormentor survive the onslaught?
Magnus Robot Fighter continues to be a great comic book that reinvents the old concept of a modern day Tarzan in a world of machines. Fred Van Lente confirmed to me on Twitter once that he loved information theory. His Magnus Robot Fighter oozes with information theory-related concepts such as singularity and cybernatics - in the scholarly sense. This is why Van Lente’s comics are not just adventures stories. They have a supplemental layer rooted in popular science which makes them relevant to our world. Magnus is not just a reinvention of Tarzan. More than ever, he is Tarzan caught in the eternal debate of man versus technology. And as any student of information theory will attest, technology is an extension of the senses. With the Transmech, it’s humans that become the extensions of technology!
The artwork is dynamic. I enjoy Cory Smith's storytelling,
composition and figures. The world he created in Magnus is all his. My only issue is with the inking. I find the line weight in some close ups too thick. His inking works better in his action scenes and long shots. At first I thought that Dynamite as policy skipped on the inking in most of its comics. Smith informed me that
he does ink all of his Magnus pages. He is a good comic book artist, but his
inking is not always satisfying to me.