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Comic Review: Magneto #1

Posted on March 6, 2014 at 8:19 am by Heather Antos

magneto-1Written By: Cullen Bunn

Art By: Gabriel Hernandez Walta

Colors By: Jordie Bellaire

Published By: Marvel

Review by Heather Antos





“Y’know how I said making coffee was like second nature to me? That’s what killing was for this guy…”

Magneto is back! And now, in is his very own solo series, his vendetta against all of the anti-evolution and anti-mutant organizations has magnified to be greater than ever before! And if there’s one mutant you don’t want to piss off, its Erik Lehnsherr…

Magneto #1 opens to an interview with a rather terrified non-mutant who witnessed a most horrible event: justice, Magneto style! We then travel to a small town in the Midwest where our infamous leading man is currently biding his time, plotting what he deems ‘justice for all mutants’, while avoiding the ever searching eyes of S.H.I.E.L.D. However, not all is as it seems, or so Erik thinks.


Cullen Bunn’s new take on Magneto works extremely well. Magneto #1 presents to us a man well past his prime in physical strength, a mutant no longer to use his powers as freely as in his past. Erik Lehnsherr narrates this first issue with a beautifully haunting dialogue, describing himself a hero for the mutants and a devil for all else. Incredibly engaging, Bunn lets the anti-hero’s first issue guide the reader with minimal pacing. The story has just begun to unfold within the pages of Magneto #1, as this issue seems to be more about building the background of this character, rather than beginning an epic arc structure.


Gabriel Hernandez Walta took the lead on pencils and inks for Magneto #1, while Jordie Bellaire was the colorist. After the fantastic cover designed by Paolo Rivera, I was very excited to see what lay in the pages ahead. Unfortunately, the art of Magneto #1 was rather flat. That being said, Walta’s pencils and Bellaire’s colors certainly weren’t bad, they just fell rather flat – and to have a lackluster visual . I can only hope that as the tension and suspense build in the series, the art will continue to build and grow, as well. After all, this is Magneto, Marvel’s greatest villain, and one of the strongest comic book characters of all time.


I’m very curious to see where Marvel plans on taking Magneto’s story. Cullen Bunn has worked in several options for future plots in Magneto #1 , and I can’t wait to see what comes next! Will the X-Men join in the right for mutant rights? Will they oppose Magneto? And how long will Erik be able to continue his mission and escape S.H.I.E.L.D? He certainly won’t be able to keep cover for long – After all…

“A monster can only masquerade as a man for so long…”

Story: 8/10

Art: 7/10

Overall: 7.5/10

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