Dynamite have announced that a new series of Magnus is on the way, featuring the robot fighter in “futuristic action and cybernetic intrigue” courtesy of writer Kyle Higgins (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) and artist Jorge Fornés (Amazing X-Men). Arriving in June, issue #1 will include a bonus Turok back-up story by Chuck Wendig and Álvaro Sarraseca, which is a continuation of the serial in the Magnus “sister title”, The Sovereigns. And it looks like the new series will be tackling questions of artificial intelligence and human control of technology. And our Magnus may not be so much a fighter as a healer.
Dynamite describe the upcoming series:
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…
Writer Kyle Higgins says:
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…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…Dr. Magnus has an affinity for artificial intelligence: she makes a living as a psychologist, specializing in artificial intelligence patients.
Magnus, Solar, and Turok are all comics that build on the Gold Key Line that Dynamite re-established in 2014, and these new titles are now taking part in The Sovereigns, a “team book exploring the future of the classic characters”, according to CEO and Publisher Nick Barrucci. When that line launches, it’s going to debut at 48 pages for $1.00 as an incentive to readers.
Information on variant covers:
Cover artwork features the talents of Giuseppe Camuncoli (The Amazing Spider-Man), interior artist Jorge Fornés, Aaron Conley (Rocket Raccoon & Groot), and Daniel Warren Johnson (Man-Thing), respectively. Five limited variant editions in “Black & White” and “Virgin Art” formats are also available as retailer incentives for comic shops that support the launch issue by achieving stocking thresholds.
Magnus #1 will appear in the April 2017 Previews Catalog.