Welcome to Crossovers We Want to See, a fairly self-explanatory recurring feature in which we pitch the meeting of a pair of characters or teams from different comic companies. Playing editor, we'll dream up writer and artist combinations and basic story points.
Magnus Robot Fighter/Iron Man: Ghost In The Machines
Written by Matt Fraction & Jim Shooter
Drawn by Geof Darrow
Bored with getting his shiny metal ass handed to him in the present, Ultron decides to make a deal with Dr. Doom to jump into the year 4,000AD. Thanks to Doom's tampering, the Avenger nemesis lands in the future of Magnus Robot Fighter. Not wanting another villain to succeed in conquering the future, Doom sends a highly coded distress signal to Iron Man who responds by following Ultron through time. But by the time Iron Man arrives, Ultron has taken control of all robots. Magnus and a few other freedom fighters have been doing their best to fend off the united robot front under Ultron's control, which have been reprogrammed to ignore Asimov's laws of robotics. When Iron Man first shows up, Magnus assumes he's another robot, so the two tussle. Magnus' superhuman strength and martial arts skills work to his advantage and he cracks Tony Stark right out of his armor. Once the two heroes get on the same page, they team up to take Ultron out, but first Stark must build a new armor out of the scraps of his Mark IV and pieces of robots Magnus has busted. Some good old fashioned robotic carnage ensues.
With Magnus' recent revival under the watchful eye of Jim Shooter and Bill Reinhold over at Dark Horse—the second issue comes out this week—and Iron Man appearing in four issues this week alone—Invincible Iron Man #31, Iron Man by Design, Iron Man: Titanium and Avengers #4—it seems like the perfect time for these two machine-themed titans to throw down and then team up in the grand comic book tradition.
We chose Shooter to co-write not just because he's handling the Magnus reboot, but also because, as a former EiC at Marvel, the man probably has a pretty good concept of what Iron Man can do. And by teaming him up with Matt Fraction, the current writer of Invincible, they should keep things up to date and familiar to current readers. The mix of old and new schools should work well with these characters who both debuted in 1963. And who better to draw this epic crossover than the master of robotic goodness and hyper detail Geof Darrow? Known for books like Hard Boiled, Big Guy & Rusty the Boy Robot and Shaolin Cowboy (all of which involve robots, naturally), Darrow would bring not just a level of intricacy to the proceedings but also some excitement because he doesn't do a whole lot of monthly comic work anymore. If we were the editors we'd either get the whole thing in the can before soliciting or produce the work as a graphic novel.