The second Magno was an inhabitant of Bludhaven
when the Secret Society of Super-Villains
on the city, nearly destroying it. The resulting nuclear fallout triggered the meta-gene in many of its surviving inhabitants. Most of these inhabitants were taken by a branch of the U.S. Government named S.H.A.D.E.
, and further experimented upon. S.H.A.D.E. developed their abilities, while layering in mind control to keep them loyal to S.H.A.D.E. These super-powered individuals would become S.H.A.D.E. operatives, assigned with keeping America safe, no matter the cost. Magno was one of these agents, assigned to a team known as the Crusaders, which eventually reported to S.H.A.D.E. Director Robbins
Over the course of their two Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters
maxi-series, writers Jimmy Palmiotti
and Justin Gray
continued to mine the history of both the Quality Comics
properties and the silver age Freedom Fighters
series for allies and enemies for their relaunched Freedom Fighters
. The two revamped longtime Quality Comics hero Magno the Magnetic Man
, a former member of the Freedom Fighters himself. His new team, the Crusaders, was based off a super-team that fought the original Freedom Fighters in the pages of Freedom Fighters #7-9. His new design was created by artist Renato Arlem
. Magno was designed as a one-plot hero, and only time will tell if he is seen again. Note:
To date, there has been no revealed connection between this Magno and the original Magno, Tom Dalton.
Key Story Arcs
With the Freedom Fighters
Magno and his Crusader teammates, at the order of Director Robbins, began a smear campaign against the Freedom Fighters and other super-heroes, like Superman
, the Amazons
, and the Green Lanterns
. Magno and the Crusaders protected civilians, while Captain Triumph
appeared on talk shows berating the other heroes for getting too caught up in fighting villains instead of making live better.
When Freedom Fighter member Red Bee
escaped Robbins’ captivity and came hunting for him, Robbins called in the Crusaders. Unfortunately, Robbins did not know that the Red bee had been infested by an alien bee hive. The Freedom Fighters came to help rescue the Red Bee, but she turned on both the Freedom Fighters and the Crusaders. She killed Director Robbins, and used her new pheromone abilities to take both teams as her slaves.
Eventually, though, the heroes broke free of the Red Bee’s mind control. The two teams fought the Red Bee, with Magno’s teammate Citizen X
dying in the fight. With the appearance of the original Ray
, the heroes were able to purge the infestation from the Red Bee’s mind. Then, the Crusaders and the Freedom Fighters traveled to the alien hive, where they wiped out the queen and stopped her invasion of Earth, but not before the death of Crusader Libertine
The heroes returned to Earth, with the Freedom Fighters disbanding. The two remaining Crusaders, Captain Triumph and Magno, continue to operate as a crime-fighting duo.
Powers and Abilities
Magno is able to sheath his entire body in a blue electrical energy. He can channel this energy in many ways, including producing lightning bolts or small scale arcing explosions.