(formerly known as Wayfarer
when it was published under Destiny Image) is a Christian Fantasy novel by Matthew Dickens chronicling the exploits of the 2,000-year-old Magnus Lehohn. Gifted with powers and immortality from God
, he has spent centuries battling the evil forces in control of the world, and now must investigate the current going-ons in Tower Valley while battling Nephillim, squads of Mooks, demons, fallen angels, rescuing an escaped Hot Scientist
, and finally confronting Satan
Magnus is the first of the IAM trilogy, and the author has stated his plans to have the first book made into a comic book in the future.
In October of 2012, yet a third iteration of the book was released as an ebook, Magnus (The Musterion Casebook Files)
, with the character of Magnus re-invented as an ageless Steampunk Gadgeteer
known as the Horned Man rather than a Flying Brick
, along with a vastly different motivation and quest.
Magnus provides examples of:
- Antichrist Judas Iscariot is resurrected as the Beast and calls himself Iscarius Alchemy after being given powers similar to Magnus.
- Author Tract: Matthew Dickens spends the last hundred pages of the book telling the reader about his personal views on religious doctrines, evolution, theology, Superman Returns, etc.
- Back from the Dead: Judas Iscariot is resurrected to be the Antichrist early in the book.
- Badass Boast
- Badass Preacher
- Big Bad: Lucifer
- Blasphemous Boast: The Archer makes many of these.
- Black and Gray Morality
- The Chosen One: Magnus.
- Church Militant
- Cool Sword: The Sword of the Dragon, as well as Magnus' sword.
- Demonic Possession: Mentioned several times.
- Demonization: Happens often.
- Disposable Woman: Rachel, Magnus' first wife, is killed in the back story.
- The Dragon: The Assassin/Archer, but is later revealed to be a disguised projection of Lucifer/Satan, and undergoes the Fusion Dance. Judas could also be considered the Dragon as well.
- Easy Evangelism: Magnus converts April, a scientist and a skeptic to Christianity in just one or two conversations.
- Fangs Are Evil: All the Fallen Angels have vampiric fangs.
- The Fettered
- Floating Continent: Dragylon the Imperial Fortress is a massive, invisible, sun-sphere and headquarters of Lucifer. Dragylon also contains the Great Big Library of Everything and Lucifer's Cool Chair.
- Flying Brick: Magnus, in addition to immortality, heightened senses, super speed, has Flight, Super Strength, Nigh-Invulnerability, and a sonic voice.
- The Fundamentalist: Magnus.
- Fusion Dance
- Golem: Magnus recalls battling a golem that was the basis for the Frankenstein legend.
- Healing Factor: Very little can hurt Magnus, but what can is quickly healed.
- Hero Insurance: Magnus' deliberate destruction of Tower Valley.
- The Hunter: Magnus
- Informed Ability: One of Magnus's powers includes "supernatural cunning", which he never demonstrates. He demonstrates knowledge, yes, but he is two thousand years old. In fact he walks into an ambush obliviously. Likewise, a scanner reveals that Iscarius Alchemy has an I.Q. of 666, and yet never demonstrates it.
- Kung-Fu Jesus: One martial art move is literally named after Jesus' leg movement while nailed to the cross.
- The Legions of Hell: Often battling Magnus.
- Louis Cypher
- Make Me Wanna Shout: When yelling Bible verse, Magnus has a sonic scream powerful enough to trigger earthquakes.
- Masquerade: Normal people can't pierce the veil that conceals demons and angels.
- Mission from God: Literally.
- Moral Dissonance: Magnus shows little or no mercy to any of the Mooks he battles, is condescending to Rachael, and lastly destroys an entire town of thousands. Not very heroic.
- Our Angels Are Different: Only the evil angels have (holographic) wings, while good angels don't have them at all.
- Pals with Jesus: Almost literally. Magnus is friends with the archangel Michael.
- Purple Prose: The whole book drips with it.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Magnus often screams Bible verses while using his sonic voice.
- The Scourge of God: Magnus is literally this.
- Super Hero Origin
- Spirit Advisor: Magnus often receives advice from the Holy Spirit.
- The Stoic: Magnus.
- To Hell and Back: In Wayfarer, while poisoned, Magnus hallucinates being at the gates of Hell.
- Touched by Vorlons
- Town with a Dark Secret: Tower Valley.
- Tragic Hero: Magnus.
- Vigilante Man: Magnus lives outside of normal society and hunts evil men and demons with extreme prejudice.
- Wolf Man: Tsavo has the ability to transform into a slavering wolf as a result of a magic spell he casts.
The Musterion Casebook Files provides examples of:
- Captain Ersatz: Magnus's identity as the Horned Man is clearly in reference to Batman. The character even meets Bob Kane at one point.
- Historical-Domain Character: Magnus encounters many famous authors on his travels including Bob Kane, Edgar Allan Poe, and others.
- Milkman Conspiracy: The Black House Magi whom Magnus battles, and who control which pieces of literature become popular and which are consigned to obscurity.
- Steam Punk: Magnus's equipment as the Horned Man.