Dynamite Entertainment has hired Kyle Higgins and Jorge Fornes for a new Magnus Robot Figher series that is set to arrive in June.
Writer Kyle Higgins says, “Our take on Magnus is quite different from what’s come before. 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.”
“When Dynamite originally launched our Gold Key line in 2014, we reestablished the universe, cementing a new foundation for fans that we’ve continued to build on,” says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “The audience for characters like Magnus, Solar, and Turok is immense, and we’re growing the brand with The Sovereigns, a team book exploring the future of the classic characters and introducing the next generation in their heroic legacy. We priced its launch at an affordable and desirable $1.00 for 48 pages of thrilling action, to bring these incredible stories to the widest audience possible. The Sovereigns and the all-new Magnus are a renaissance for these legendary characters, helmed by some of the industry’s top talents (Higgins, Wendig, Ray Fawkes, Aubrey Sitterson, Johnny Desjardins, and more). We can’t wait for audiences new and old to pick up these issues and experience the mind-blowing fresh concepts.”
Originally published by Gold Key Comics from 1963 through 1977, Magnus: Robot Fighter chronicled the adventures of a skilled martial artist in the year 4000 A.D., a futuristic dystopia where humans were hopelessly dependent on robots… and therefore were especially vulnerable to rogue artificial intelligences. Since the original comic book run, Magnus has continued at several comic publishers before finding its home at Dynamite Entertainment in 2014. In additional to the 2014 and now 2017 eponymous series, the character has also appeared in Dynamite’s Doctor Spektor: Master of the Occult, Gold Key: Alliance, and The Sovereigns.
Magnus #1 arrives in June 2017.