Magneto is a popular character, and for good reason. Aside from his iconic power set and appearance, the Master of Magnetism also possesses one of the most interesting character arcs in mainstream comics. While the status quo returns all too often in superhero comic books, Magneto has actually undergone real, discernible change in his 50+ years on the printed page. His ongoing series is no exception, as it explores this complex character, a man who has been a prisoner, a conqueror, and a messiah. Today, I’m here to tell you why you need to check out Magneto.
Flowing from the pen of the talented Cullen Bunn, and featuring the artwork of Gabriel Hernandez Walta, Javier Fernandez, and Jordie Bellaire, Magneto explores Max Eisenhardt’s adventures following his departure from Scott Summers’s team of Uncanny X-Men. After the events of Avengers vs. X-Men, Magneto’s powers are a shadow of their former glory, and he now must rely on cunning to win his battles. Pursuing those who would harm the mutant race, Magneto dons his mantle of protector anew, and sets out to make the words “Never Again” a reality.
Magneto excels in character work. There are, of course, numerous scenes of action and suspense, but the title really succeeds as it explores the broken man Magneto has become. Without the full extent of his powers, yet still desiring to punish evil, we watch our protagonist struggle against insurmountable odds, and employ desperate, even underhanded, strategies for achieving victory. This is a brutal story, with every page echoing the pain of a man who saw great decimation of humanity in his youth, and fights with every fibre of his being in an attempt to limit horror where he can. But Magneto himself must perhaps become a monster in order to defeat monsters, and it’s this dichotomy that continues to make the series enrapturing. The art for Magneto is excellent as well, with a gritty tone fitting the more brutal activities of a weakened magnetic mutant. With gorgeous covers, and interiors colored by an Eisner award winner, the series is an absolute beauty to behold.
If I haven’t sold you on Magneto yet, I’d be surprised. It is one of the deepest, most powerful titles Marvel has ever published, and certainly exceeds the quality of most of their line. That’s why I’m encouraging you to give this series a shot!
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