It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for another new edition of Kickin’ It Old School, our weekly column in which we look to the past and review books from the original Valiant universe! This week, I’ll be discussing Magnus Robot Fighter #11.
Published in April 1992
Written by Jim Shooter
Script by David Michelinie
Penciled by Mark Moretti
Inked by Charles Barnett III
Colored by Knob Row
Magnus is in Zyrkol’s capture and North Am is being threatened with destruction if they do not surrender. Leeja, with the help of her robotic sidekicks Q-10 and A-J, taps into the warp corridor that Zyrkol used to get to his subspace fortress. After fending off Timbuc’s attempt to stop her, Leeja sets out to save the day. She doesn’t have much trouble creating chaos and freeing Magnus, but he is in a weakened state from his oxygen deprived imprisonment and is unable to help when Zyrkol shows back up to attack them. Just as Zyrkol is about to gain the upper hand, the side of his fortress rips open, sucking him out into subspace.
Magnus regains his strength just in time to save himself and Leeja, piloting Zyrkol’s fortress back to earth. Just as they think all is done, Zyrkol pops back up but is beaten down by the Gophs. Tekla and the Synchron’s show up to give news of the peace that has been reached between humans and robots, as well as informing Magnus and Leeja of their exoneration. Tekla takes Zyrkol into custody, Leeja returns to North Am to be a leader, and Magnus stays with the Gophs, bringing Q-10 to de-psychoprobe Slagger.
I found this story to be enjoyable, but I still find Magnus to be a weaker story. Everything gets wrapped up in a nice little bow. The world is saved from the mad man. The robots and humans are at peace. Magnus is pardoned for his supposed crimes against North Am. This story arc did make Leeja into a strong character, as well as bring Tekla into her own. President Clane has also had his foolishness exposed. The story can go in pretty much any direction from here.
I like that they’ve made Leeja a strong female character. I question why she would choose an outfit that leaves the bottom half of her boobs hanging out. Seems pretty impractical to fight that way. I guess this was Valiant’s way of trying to compete with other 90’s comics.
Originally from ValiantCentral.com