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Review: Magnus: Robot Fighter #2

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Posted by: Byron Brewer, Contributing Editor
04/11/2014 - 4:32pm | Updated: 36 weeks 7 hours Ago
Writer: 
Fred Van Lente,
Art: 
Corey Smith,
Colors: 
Mauricio Wallace,
Letterer: 
Marshall Dillon,
Cover: 
Gabriel Hardman,
Publisher: 
Dynamite Entertainment
Price: 
$3.99
Release Date: 
April 9, 2014

After you have read Magnus #2, you will realize how important the book’s sub-title, “Robot Fighter,” really is.

Russell Magnus is wondering if the mechanoids holding him captive are correct, that his memories of teaching and coaching in Maury’s Peak are just the stuff of dreams as he withers before his captors’ interrogations here in the fantastic world of North Am.

But his memories ARE intact, and he knows that he does have something to fight FOR. And, in this issue, Magnus becomes more familiar with his “abilities,” as it were, as a labeled “Robot Fighter” (think Auschwitz): invisibility shields, super-strength … others?

Russell realizes even robotoids cannot keep Superman in prison, so -- bam! -- out of confinement he goes and the Fugitive-like hunt is on, with Leeja (she is the one who shot our hero in #1, remember?) playing Gerard to Magnus’ Dr. Richard Kimble.

The tip of the hat writer Fred Van Lente gives to various versions of Magnuses past is awesome, and yes, FVL’s wry wit from Hercules is deftly packaged within this action-packed, diplomatic script.

Bringing FVL’s words to life are the continuing sensational and imaginative panels thrown down by artist Cory Smith. Smith proves not only a great artist, but a wonderful storyteller as well, and them ain’t talents found in a combo order much these days!

I have good feelings about the future of Magnus: Robot Fighter. I hope you as a reader are on board too. Now’s the time (but don’t tell Russell Magnus; just confuse him),