Last week DC commenced their celebration of Jack Kirby’s Centennial by launching a new Kamandi series featuring a star-studded rooster of talent. This week Dynamite shifts the focus to Will Eisner, who like The King of Comics, would have turned 100 this year. Both Kirby and Eisner were profoundly talented writer/artists who left an indelible mark on the medium. In Eisner’s case, his signature creation was a masked crime fighter, The Spirit. Dynamite debuted the latest Spirit tale today, The Corpse-Makers. Based on its initial installment, the series promises to be a fitting tribute to Eisner.
Magnus Robot Fighter #0 by Fred Van Lente & Roberto Castro
For this issue, Van Lente takes a break from the ongoing story of Magnus in order to do a bit of world-building. He does this by switching perspective from the Robot Fighter to a combat-bot, Turing-Thinker Designate Gunbot-856. The reader is introduced to the gunbot immediately before a raid on a female robot fighter (who incidentally seems to share some traits with Magnus). Despite having the appearance of generic cannon fodder, 856’s narration quickly lends him a recognizable voice. He may have been built for battle, but that does not mean he is not capable of introspection. He muses on what the point of all this conflict is. 1A unleashes another robot fighter, the human does massive damage, is taken down, the robots rebuild, until another robot fighter appears. It is as if life is simply a single repetitive loop. What Van Lente does skillfully in these introductory pages is take these familiar observations and make them fresh again through changed circumstances. Continue reading Review of Magnus Robot Fighter #0→