Magnus: Robot Fighter #1

Magnus: Robot Fighter #1

Writer: Fred Van Lente Artist: Cory Smith Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment Release Date: March 12, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 26 User Reviews: 2
7.9Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

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  • 10
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Mar 15, 2014

    This is must own, must read storytelling. Why can't all reboots be this good? Highest possible recommendation. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Wayne Hall Mar 12, 2014

    Not only am I going to be there for Magnus, I cant wait for other Gold Key books to come my way. Im catching up on Turok very soon as well, so kudos to Dynamite and these creators for grabbing me by the short and curlies and not letting go until I read these comics! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell Mar 12, 2014

    Magnus Robot Fighter is a knock-out punch. The first issue reintroduces the character well and sets up what looks to be a very thrilling story. So far Dynamite is two for two. Gold Key is back, and it may just be better than ever. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Lawrence Arboleda Mar 15, 2014

    Overall, Magnus: Robot Fighter #1 is a great start to the rebooted series, not to mention a good introduction to the All-New Gold Key universe. Fred Van Lente's skills as a world-builder are on full display in every page. In just 22 pages, he made Russell Magnus a three-dimensional character with real motivations that inform his every action. I got a good kick out of seeing robots getting punched to smithereens too. I'll definitely stick around for this one. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Mig-El Mar 28, 2014

    Fred Van Lente is building a very interesting world for Magnus to run around and fight robots in. I could not be more excited to see where this series goes. Cory Smith has a great style and attention to detail. His talent really shows as he is adaptive enough to make both settings in this issue distinct yet still feel cohesive without a break in the overall style of the book. Colorist Mauricio Wallace adds a lot of flair and depth to the artwork and to the story of Magnus: Robot Fighter. Everything in this issue felt complete and thought out and it was also executed very well. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Mar 12, 2014

    The art provided by Corey Smith is top notch. The opening has a quaint, rural feel. A few pages later, we are treated to a sprawling city. He never skimps on detail, fleshing out every character, building and robot. The best scene is the aforementioned robot beat down. It's exploding with energy, Magnus' hand flying towards us as he punches a robot's head. It's a bit of a shame that we don't get more action in this issue, because it's clear that Smith excels at it. Hopefully, as Magnus: Robot Fighter continues, we'll get more awesome pages like this. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Rhymes With Geek - Ben Penfold-Marwick Mar 11, 2014

    Magnus Robot Fighter #1 sets up a world that is kind of steam punk, but not exactly. Admittedly, I havent read the other takes on this character, but it seems that Magnus is a property that has changed hands multiple times, with various levels of success. Lets hope that Van Lente, Smith and Dynamite can continue to make this one work. Its a solid first issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin Mar 12, 2014

    This is the perfect chance for new fans to give Magnus a try as whether you're a fan of robots, Fred Van Lente or the sci-fi genre as a whole you're bound to love this new series. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Mar 18, 2014

    This is where I usually rant about the tendency of modern comics to only give us a grim and gritty, things-are-terrible future - which seems to be what we're getting here. But for now, I'll just wait and give the series a few more issues before passing final judgment. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Ian Stephen Mar 10, 2014

    For being its first issue, Magnus: Robot Fighter is starting off well. Everything looked and flowed wonderfully while reading it, while the story was easy to follow but still left questions and mystery in the background. Magnus even beat the bolts out of a couple robots before the end of this first issue, as to avoid any cries of false advertisement. Magnus: Robot Fighter is worth picking up and checking out, it already has me curious to read the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Shane Hoffman Mar 11, 2014

    Magnus: Robot Fighter #1, either for fans of something new or for fans of the different takes on the well-established character, is a highly recommended read. I found the character well-developed and the book most definitely grabbed my attention and interest. I was left wanting to see where this story will go next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III Mar 11, 2014

    Its a classic fish out of water story - except this fish can break a robot's face with just one well-placed punch. When the Gold Key relaunch was announced I was hesitant to get as excited, because I was worried that some of the character's more dated aspects wouldn't translates well for a modern comic audience. But now, with Magnus: Robot Fighter, I see that these fears were largely unfounded. Dynamite seems to understand that they can use these characters to tell unexpected stories about larger issues than just fighting robots and dinosaurs. These classic characters have more than earned their place on the racks next to their contemporary counterparts. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - kanchilr1 Mar 11, 2014

    Fred Van Lente and Cory Smith set up a strange new world in their interpretation of Magnus: Robot Fighter that is very endearing. It is impossible not to be charmed by the opening sequence into this story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Kliq Nation - Timdogg Mar 11, 2014

    Dynamite Comics has me intrigued with their Gold Key purchase. Will all the series' tie together to form one shared universe? Or will they be off to tell their own stories? Either way, I will keep readingMagnus: Robot Fighter. The creative team ofFred Van LenteandCory Smithare enough of an attraction for this reviewer. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Mar 12, 2014

    MAGNUS: ROBOT FIGHTER #1 is a great start to a new series that is a ton of fun to read. Van Lente does a phenomenal job at setting this book up and readers will really love how this issue, as a whole, plays out. Obviously, Magnus is fighting some robots here, which many people will be looking out for, but what's most important is that this is a great start to a brand new series. Overall, I highly recommend this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Samantha Roehrig Mar 12, 2014

    Overall, it was refreshing remake comic that I dug. You can never go wrong with diving head first into the futuristic world. I would hope that the comic deals with some of these social issues while following Magnus. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Mar 12, 2014

    Twenty-two pages of heart set in a new world that is instantly welcoming, disturbing, intense and calm make "Magnus: Robot Fighter" #1 a fine addition to the Gold Key lineup from Dynamite. Celebrating the freedom afforded to comics, this one provides lessons such as "there is no better master than to be the master of one's own destiny" alongside flying cars and fisticuffs with robots. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Backwards Compatible - Paul Fiander Jul 29, 2014

    With first issues we look for potential in a story and Magnus Robot Fighter has that in spades. Obviously the success of the series depends on delivering these principles in an effective manner. I hope the social commentary aspects come out in future issues. If that is combined with the great action narrative both in story in art then we could be in for a real treat. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Mar 19, 2014

    Though the books were quirky, I have a certain affection for the 90's incarnation of Magnus: Robot Fighter and I was definitely hesitant going into this book. The opening pages certainly didn't help in a way since it was doing a lot of the setup but I was trying to reconcile some of the setup from those previous incarnations. As it finds its own footing and pushes forward in its own way, the book has some good stuff going for it, though it is working through familiar setup material overall. That's not bad in and of itself, but it does leave me wanting to see where the team will go in making their own mark on the property and defining it through their vision. We get a few teases of that in the second half which feels promising to be sure, and I'm looking forward to seeing how they can capitalize on it. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Mar 7, 2014

    So, hey, if you've ever been curious about Magnus: Robot Fighter, and you should have, because it's called Magnus: Robot Fighter, maybe give the new Magnus: Robot Fighter #1 a shot when it comes out next week, and see if it's your bag, man. It's solid sci-fi stuff. Not super exciting as yet, but it has promise. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Geeked Out Nation - CJ Yudelson Mar 12, 2014

    Overall this was a solid first issue to this new series. It had a bit of everything, some heart, some action and detailed artwork. While entertaining a somewhat cliche story of a “hero in a new world” this issue manages to pull it off pretty well. Some weird transitions aside Magnus Robot Fighter # 1 is another good comic from Dynamite. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski Mar 14, 2014

    “Magnus: Robot Fighter” will please fans of the character with the way that it throws constant references in and shows love for the main characters. Modern reboots or relaunches tend to try and take a more cynical or darker view of a property, but in the capable hands of Van Lente that ends up rarely being the case. Cory Smith's art is breath of fresh air too, doing the basic designs of Russ Manning proud and tightly telling a story that is enjoyable, even if it feels relatively routine. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    CHUD - D.S. Randlett Mar 15, 2014

    Magnus definitely has room to grow and a voice to find, but it at least has narrative places to grow into. As it stands, fans of the character will likely be satisfied, but others might want to wait a few issues (or for the first trade) to see if the series fills itself out. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Front Towards Gamer - Lido Mar 10, 2014

    Ultimately, though, there's enough good about Magnus Robot Fighter for me to recommend it despite this review. I really didn't mean to come off this negative, as there is stuff to like: Magnus is a good guy, there are a lot of interesting mysteries, the robot designs are enjoyable, and Magnus's robot fighting kung-fu is really coolly realized; it just ended up with a little extra space left over from too many reveals. Still recommending Magnus Robot Fighter, though, as just a more easy and enjoyable read than most of the books I review. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    AiPT! - Gregory Paul Silber Mar 13, 2014

    It's okay. There's a surprising amount of talent on display, especially on the visual side, although Van Lente needs to find his footing soon before readers lose interest. Fred, my man, you're too uptight. This is a comic about robot fighting. Lighten up and have some fun. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Newsarama - Rob McMonigal Mar 13, 2014

    This one feels built only for fans of the character. Read Full Review

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