Dynamite Entertainment will back Magnus, as a bold new series with a fresh take on the classic Magnus: Robot Fighter comic series.
On board, is writer Kyle Higgins (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) and artist Jorge Fornés (Amazing X-Men).
The concept and story follow:
“The all-new Magnus takes the famous Philip K. Dick question and turns it on its side: 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 A.I.s 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.”
Magnus the Robot Fighter originally began in 1963 through Gold Key Publishers until 1977. Magnus was a skilled fighter in the year 4000 battling rogue robots. Valiant Comics picked up and continued the story in 1991 for almost a decade. Dark Horse Comics briefly had rebooted Magnus, with a short mini-series. Dynamite aquired the rights in 2013, and relaunched the series in 2014 for 12 issues. Now, Magnus is back with an entirely different new approach to the classic series.
“Our take on Magnus is quite different from what’s come before,” said Writer Kyle Higgins. “In a Black Mirror sort of way, we’ll be looking at our world plus thirty years, the way artificial intelligence technology could progress, and the host of problems that might develop… including a ‘Cloud World’ that A.I. systems create for themselves, to live and exist together, free from humans and the physical (robotic) forms that were built for them. As we’ll learn early on, it’s rare for humans to be able to upload themselves to the Cloud World and not lose their minds, and that’s where Dr. Kerri Magnus comes in. Not only can she walk between both worlds, but Dr. Magnus has an affinity for artificial intelligence: she makes a living as a psychologist, specializing in artificial intelligence patients.”
Magnus #1 will also include a bonus Turok back-up story by Chuck Wendig (Hyperion) and Álvaro Sarraseca (Witchblade), a continuation of the serial in the Magnus sister title, The Sovereigns.
The debut issue is also set to arrive with four cover variants. Featured cover artists are Giuseppe Camuncoli (The Amazing Spider-Man), interior artist Jorge Fornés, Aaron Conley (Rocket Raccoon & Groot), and Daniel Warren Johnson (Man-Thing).
Cover art preview:
Also available in limited amounts as retailer incentives are “Black & White” and “Virgin Art” editions. Contact your comic store retailer for more information.
Magnus will release in June 2017 by Dynamite Entertainment to comic book retailers and many popular digital comics apps.