Magnus The Brave #2 (Review) Let The Bodies Hit The Floor
Magnus The Brave #2
Created, Illustrated, and Lettered by Chris Rau
Written by Ace Nuckolls
Cover by Chris Rau
Print, Formatting, and Finalization by Chris Ehresman
Thanks to Guest Artist Brett Wilson
Special Thanks to Sam Taibi
Published by Chris Rau Art Publishing
Magus the Barve is dedicated to Erin, Jackson, and Scarlett
Chris & Ace are back for round number two. I reviewed their first comic book ever, not just Magnus number one. To be fair I was only one of many that did review their comic but they conveyed that they took all the criticism from myself and other reviewers to heart and made improvements all around in this second issue. They did something right because they nearly doubled their Kickstarter goal! So congratulations on that. They had six tiers for pledging with various rewards, the highest of which you would have your likeness or a facsimile thereof appear in the book where Magus may or may not kill you. That right there is a great incentive to go all-in. I hope I can pick out whoever took advantage of that. I like that they also did a thank you page to all their backers. So let’s dive into this blood-soaked second issue. They started this issue with a short recap to refresh your memory from the last issue. Magnus finally makes it to the city he was headed to last issue. There he meets a mysterious thief that somehow knows him, we don’t learn a lot about her other than she has some kind of magical powers. From there on it starts to get bloody with public executions but it just gets worse from there.
Ace Nuckolls is the series writer and much-improved flow from his first issue. His first issue dialogue came across a little stiff, however, this issue had leaped in the right direction. It read a lot smoother and felt more like a fantasy sci-fi movie than a book. The last issue was a decent start but this was an enjoyable read. If you like sword & sorcery stories you’ll dig this book for sure.
Chris Rau is the creator, artist, and letterer of Magnus the Brave. This is his passion (Ace’s too) and it shines bright in this issue. Chris worked hard on his artistic skills coming into this second issue and it shows. He also had a helping hand from Brett Wilson as a guest artist. I’m not sure exactly what he did on this issue bur Chris & Brett made a good team this finished product all around shines bright in the Kickstarter market!
A few months back Chris Rau reached out to us here at #OGNation asking if we could review his first diving into the comic book field. So I took a look and I did indeed write the review for that book as well. It had good bones (and loped off heads) and I thought it was rough but believed in it’s potential. Unlike some people who can’t take constructive criticism Chris and Ace listened to what I and many other reviewers had to say about their first outing and as you’ll see when you read this book made vast improvements in storytelling, art, and colors. There’s nowhere to go but up and they know it. The proof is in the pudding as they say. First of all two issues in and both were successfully funded on Kickstarter. Not only that but they had to go back to the printer for the second printing of issue one. So check out Magnus the Brave for yourself. If you like Conan, Krull, Elric, and D&D you’ll dig this book. Here’s a link to the ESTY page for Chris Rau Art. Please Like, Comment, Share, and Keep, it Geek!