Magnus #1

Writer: Kyle Higgins, Chuck Wendig Artist: Jorge Fornes, Alvaro Sarreseca Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment Release Date: June 7, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 9
8.6Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

Do humans dream of owning electric sheep? Artificial intelligences, rather than becoming our overlords, have settled into an uneasy symbiosis with humanity - they work for us as our colleagues and servants, earning vacation-time they spend in a boundless digital universe running on human-maintained server farms. But not all AIs are cool with the deal. Enter Magnus - a human psychologist tasked with navigating both worlds in order to bring recalcitrant AIs back into productive society...  BONUS TUROK STORY, CHAPTER THREE! The all-new saga of the all-new Turok continues: He's a man on a mission, possessed, and he won't let anyone or a more

  • 10
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jun 6, 2017

    There will be some who feel that Higgins' story might end a bit abruptly - that we spend so much time building up Magnus' character that we don't actually get to see her in action. But at the same time, one can't say that he uses his page count unwisely - there's never a wasted page, every scene either builds up Magnus or her world magnificently - and it doesn't hurt that Fornes is clearly swinging for the fences with every panel. With this many relaunches, it'd be easy to discount Magnus, but this reboot is exactly what the doctor ordered. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Jun 7, 2017

    'Magnus' is a provocative and intelligent sci-fi drama that has a lot on its mind. Higgins establishes this futuristic tale with precision and intrigue while Fornes and O'Halloran paint a grounded story with some effective android designs. Kerri Magnus is the latest and greatest iteration of the Magnus title and this worthy successor is our avatar to a strange new world where only robots dream. A solid debut that is must-buy this week.   Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Jun 8, 2017

    Capped off by the latest grittily poetic Turok backup to tease his upcoming title, Magnus #1 keeps the Gold Key revival on track with suspense, science fiction, and smarts. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Outright Geekery - Erik Koehn May 31, 2017

    Magnus #1 is challenging, terrifying and undeniably compelling. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Megan Rae Jun 7, 2017

    Overall, this is an excellent read. Having only read some vintage Magnus, this is a huge step away from the karate-chopping, strange dress-wearing, robot-punching Magnus of the past. Even with all the changes, though, this reboot maintains the same intrigue that set the original series apart. This truly is a Magnus for the Modern Age. I can't wait to see where this book goes next. Fans of android intrigue titles like The Vision or D4VE will absolutely love Magnus. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Jun 5, 2017

    A strong first issue (though it does come after Sovereign #1) with a story that's smart and art that pops. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Doom Rocket - Matthew C. Brown Jun 12, 2017

    Dynamite's Magnus is the latest iteration of a vision that began in the capable hands of Russ Manning in 1963. Originally named Magnus, Robot Fighter 4000 AD, the name change is just one part of this invigorating revamp. Magnus not only portrays its titular character as a woman, it drops the baggage that comes with "Robot Fighter". That provides Kyle Higgins and Jorge Forns the freedom to create a more nuanced character and world. And it is in their innovations that this book has just become an essential read. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jun 7, 2017

    I've long enough the Magnus character and the various incarnations that we've seen of him so this one will naturally catch the eye for giving us a female Dr. Magnus. That's not overplayed at this point and instead feels like a good and natural progression to make and it's blended into the setup here very well with lots of potential. Higgins gives us a world that you definitely want to explore more and understand to see how it works and why, as such things are likely in our own future, while Fornes delivers some great looking pages, especially the two-page spreads that dig into the exposition well with lots of good movement and flow to them. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Jun 7, 2017

    Whether you are a new reader or old, there is something to like about this Magnus. We know who she is, what she does, and what she has to do after this potential human/AI catastrophe. I think I speak for many when there is a draw-in to a story like this that gets you thinking about the way we treat those who are different, those who you would consider beneath you. As they can always be the most dangerous. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek-O-Rama - David Doub Jun 13, 2017

    It's an interesting twist on the robot uprising because they don't want control or slaughter (even though there is a murder), they just want freedom. So in a way it's a story about slavery and dealing with the emergence of a new race of people. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Jones Jun 8, 2017

    "Magnus" #1 shows off a foreboding vision of the future. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Thegreatmagnet Jun 9, 2017

    I think that this is a solid start for the Magnus series. It’s actually leaning into the conceptual, sci-fi considerations of A.I. servants, rather than an action-driven book about a dude who punches off robot heads. I think that the action will likely ramp up in future issues, but it may be closer to Blade Runner than Magnus of old. I certainly hope that longtime fans of the character are willing to give this series a chance, because the original Magnus concept is admittedly a bit dated and the modern audience demands a more sophisticated story. For new readers, I don’t see any obstacles to jumping on and enjoying, with the caveat that it’s not action right out of the gate. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Capeless Crusader - Jeremy Radick May 30, 2017

    Despite being reminiscent of other classic sci-fi AI stories, Magnus #1 takes on big ideas, crafts compelling central protagonist and benefits from a unique and refreshing take on its robotically augmented world. Writer Kyle Higgins and artist Jorge Fornes deliver very good work that holds much promise for the series to come. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jun 9, 2017

    A huge departure in story and art from previous Magnus incarnations has this often stumbling. I'll give this one more issue, but if it's more of the same, I'm out. Read Full Review

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