Magnus The Brave (Kickstarter Review)
Chris Rau Creator, Illustrator, Writer, Letterer
Ace Nuckolls Co-Writer
Chris Rau Cover
Jez Hill Guest Artist
Published by Chris Rau Art
This was quite a different reading experience. I read up some on this creator and where comic book wise where he came from. He’s a high-school art teacher from Kansas City, Missouri. He has been working in the comic industry for about 5 years now. This is his first original project. He grew up on 90’s comic books and cartoons, one of which must have been Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from the look of this book. This is a straight-up slasher and hacker comic based right out of the 90’s indy movement I remember. That being said I wasn’t blown away from the art but do applaud him for doing it. As my friend, Martin Dunn (Joshua Black) likes to say. If you want to make a comic book, then just make a comic book! Since this is his first outing and everybody has to start somewhere, not to mention that his first Kickstarter was fully funded in six hours I give it a thumbs up for getting it done. The background of the character is as follows. Magnus is the barbarian chief of a sleepy mountain village. As long as he can remember, he has been able to reach a god-like level of berzerker-rage in battle. The comic begins with Magnus on a journey to discover the source and purpose of this power. Along the way, Magnus encounters a number of colorful allies, faces unspeakable foes, liberates cities, travels to the underworld, and learns the secret of his mysterious parents.
Chris Rau and Ace Nuckolls co-wrote most of this issue and are the creator of Percy the Cyclops. Percy at least to me came across like a gnarly dude from southern California. That could just be me though. The narration was good and seemed better than the actual dialogue. Not that bad just a little stiff and corny at times. The best part of which was the write up on Chris and Ace at the end of the book.
Let us talk art now, I wasn’t crazy about most of it. It seemed to have some depth lacking in it from what I’m used to reading comic wise. One page that stood out and I thought was excellent was page eight it was dark and ominous one of my favorite pages in this book. There was some fan art in the back, some pro work and some less than. That I figure some came from Chris’s students and others from other industry people he may have met at conventions while shopping this project before the Kickstarter launch. That right there would tell you just how much he wants to make comics. Which by the way is a good thing?
Let’s face facts people, no one gets rich by creating comics on the talent end of things at least, neither do the stores that sell them. These people have to have a deep seeded love for this industry to dive head first into the shallow end of this very public pool. I for one thank them for it, how do you think most of these people got their start? Here’s a name drop Dale Keown one of my all-time favorite Hulk artists ever. Yes, he started his career in the indy market too on a series called Dragon Ring I believe back about 1987. Before he joined the original Image crew and worked on the first six issues of Darkness and then created his creator-owned series, Pitt. My point to this is that every writer and artist has to start somewhere. This is Chris Rau’s start in the creator-owned comic community, welcome to it! Magnus: The Brave was a success as so many never make it past the funding campaign. Included below is a link to his Kickstarter, I even got a sneak peek at the cover for issue number two. Please Like, Share, Comment and as always Keep it, Geek!
Check out the Kickstarter Page Here!