Right, so, let’s go back in time to the beginning of Magnus, ROBOT FIGHTER! for some context. Surely context will show how great this is.
Doesn’t look too bad, right? He’s talking about an important work of literature and how bad that time black people were enslaved was. Okay, a little focused on just “being enslaved is bad” with no mention of race but hey, take a few lines out of any discussion of literature and it’s going to seem like it’s too focused on one thing and missing the other ones, right? He’s totally not thinking this is all about him or anything.
Our two main speaking characters are this guy and the male robot overmind, so all dialogue is with one of them, and the only topics of conversation are Frederick Douglass and a boy’s grandfather. We eventually leave the school and he goes to find his wife, who’s talking to a man about a threshing machine, who is being referred to as female. As the threshing machine has an AI for some reason (cruel joke?) one can debate that it’s actually female. In that case, we do get a Bechdel test in the first issue because after talking to the guy she addresses the machine he owns. In a sane world, it’s a threshing machine, not a woman, and we have no idea if it even knows what gender is or if they’re just calling it female because people refer to machines as female a lot, and also the script at the back of the comic uses “it”,
Moira then tells Magnus she’s pregnant, yay!
The creepy old guy in the background is the robot overmind, and yes, it is watching them have sex. As far as I can tell this has nothing to do with anything, it just happens.
Having fulfilled the quota of Strong Female Characters by having a little girl included in karate class and a sexy mechanic wife, it’s time for manly man bonding where Magnus goes fishing with the robot overmind, who incidentally he views as a father, so he just had sex with his wife with his dad watching. The robotic overmind, for some reason, gets into an argument about how it can’t feel love and he shouldn’t think of it as his dad despite the fact it’s on a fishing trip with him just because he wanted to fish.
I’m assuming the conversation is meant to be super important later on due to how jarring it is, but either I’ve missed it or it’s still to come.
Then suddenly the town is under attack, then it dissolves like it’s all a simulation.
Remember that from the very start, it’s been obvious that the world he was in was never real. It’s not going to do anything to stop him from how he reacts when he finds his “wife”.
The troops storming in to stop the robot overmind…
Yeah, they’re guys. It’s going to be guys and token women for the rest of this.
Robot dad leaves him with apologies and the promise that the peace and harmony he grew up in can be gotten back if he fights hard enough, and somehow he finds Frederick Douglass’ book on the ground. Running out, he finds out that the culturally diverse crowd he finds himself in are actually all secret robots, and because he is apparently a secret robot racist, he flips the fuck out and goes to find REAL PEOPLE who are made of MEAT like they’re supposed to be. He tries going to the huge labeled building, and the secretary with the digital female face tricks him into reading a captcha so they can scan his eyes and realize he’s an unregistered human.
So yes, this is going to be Slavery Is Wrong If You’re A White Guy Oppressed By Robots: The Comic
I will say that this is a very accurate depiction of what a white guy responding to perceived oppression looks like in our culture.
And we end with totally not sexualized Strong Female Character showing up to be a hateful bitch and shoot the psychotic man tearing people apart while screaming everything is their fault and he didn’t mean to hurt anybody. She’s such an unreasonable hateful bitch.
Join me next time for issue two, “If You Object To Me Writing Jive-talking Caricatures You’re The Real Racist!”