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Jen Keith recommends Magneto #9
The Marvel universe approaches its next big event in the “March to AXIS” with the dreaded Red Skull’s crimes against mutantkind in Magneto #9. Cullen Bunn’s (cullenbunn) intense writing and Gabriel Hernandez Walta with art as gritty and brooding as the title character provide a series not to be missed.
Following the aftermath of the Avengers vs. X-Men event, Magneto lost much of his ability as “Master of Magnetism” upon being hit by the Phoenix force possessing Cyclops. With only a shadow of his immense power remaining, Magneto sets out to discover and conquer the widespread injustices plaguing his fellow mutants. This series is a great jumping off point for newcomers, fans of the movie universe’s X-Men: First Class, or seasoned readers looking for a great insight into a fascinating character.
When faced with intolerable cruelty and the blind eye of S.H.I.E.L.D., do the violent ends justify the means? We see much of the story through Magneto’s gray area point of view with near constant inner monologue; the ofttimes villain and enraged hero of his story waxes poetic without illusions as to his own failures. In this issue, Magneto’s self-loathing guides us through intermittent and hauntingly blue-washed flashbacks of his horrific experience in the Holocaust’s concentration camps (see his origin story in the excellent Magneto: Testament that parallel the hideous prison in Genosha of the Red Skull’s making. Red Skull’s horrors know no bounds when he reveals his use for (part of) Magneto’s deceased friend, Professor Charles Xavier.
While there is plenty of action, I really appreciate Magneto’s struggle to overcome his opponents through subterfuge, strategy, and the infamy of his reputation. This combined with the introspection and quiet moments balancing the dark and gruesome tone make this one of my favorite ongoing Marvel series right now, and I couldn’t recommend it more.
Jen Keith is a Digital Editor at comiXology, comic artist, music addict, and held herself back from a lot of magnet puns while writing this.
Magneto might be one of the coolest new comics coming out now. Super dark and twisted and gives me a kind of True Detective vibe. Anyone else out there a fan?
Shane’s Picks of the Week (8/07/13)
- PICK OF THE WEEK: Deadpool Kills Deadpool #2- I love the cover on this, and I unabashedly love deadpool, so there.
- The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #2 - The first issue was great. It had that sardonic tone that has made Hawkeye so popular while still feeling like something fresh. Highly recommended.
- Satellite Sam #2 - First off, I have a huge mancrush on Matt Fraction, so of course SatSam is on my list. Second off, this book seems like nothing I’ve ever read before. If Mad Men were a comic book but about TV and had more lace and murder?
- Sheltered #2 - I love the “Pre-Apocalyptic” concept and the first issue ended on a really exciting note.
Shane is the marketing assistant at comiXology and is apparently a huge fan of #2 issues.