The All-New Marvel: ‘Magneto’

The All-New Marvel provides an overview of the new series coming from Marvel Comics’ All-New Marvel NOW! banner and the impact they have on the classic and new characters we love (and those we love to hate). With each installment of The All-New Marvel, we see what our favorite characters are up to and where they are headed in the future.


One of the best known mutants in the world, Erik Lehnsherr, has been a steady presence both against and with the X-Men.  Ever ready to lead the charge for mutant rights, sometimes to violent outcomes, this man of might refuses to sit by and watch the world around him cast their designs upon him without fighting back.  Though not quite a hero, he is more than a simple villain to be folded into a rogue’s gallery of enemies; he is determined, intelligent, and altogether fierce.  He’s not just a man with a telepathy-blocking helmet, he’s the pinnacle of mutant idealism: he’s Magneto.

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Covering Issues #1-7

Magneto has always been one of the best villains in Marvel comics, and certainly a very popular character overall.  While originally designed as just an enemy of the X-Men, his personality and backstory have been fleshed out extensively over the decades to the point where it is hard to imagine mutantkind without his presence.  Often at odds with the idealism and actions of the X-Men and other heroes of the world, his fervent application of mutant nationalism and survivalist instincts make his actions more complex and thoughtful than the typical bad guy, and this series capitalizes on those feelings in an extensive fashion.

While he has always kept to his idealism of mutant superiority, he has changed how to achieve his dreams throughout the years.  At first his actions were bordering on the megalomaniac dictator, allowing for the concept of genocide and mass murder, but in later years he’s taken a softer approach until the recent encounter with the Phoenix Force.  Still recovering from his ordeal on Utopia at the hands of Cyclops and the other Phoenix Five, Magneto breaks ties with the X-Men and seeks out a way to rebuild his life by taking on mutant bigotry and oppression in a very hands-on fashion.

What I enjoy most about this title is that it takes a hard look at the man Magneto is now, not who he was in the past.  So much of his personality is built around his past actions—for good or bad—so it is refreshing to see what it is he is doing to try and make things happen in the now.  Though not as powerful as he used to be, he is still a force to be reckoned with and feared; even his age has not been able to diminish his capacity for cleverness and tactical thinking; however, even with his forward thinking mobility, he’s still being pursued by agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and other individuals.

This series really shows some of the grit and grim that is Magneto’s life, especially in regards to the humanity that he displays towards himself and others of the mutant race.  I really want to see where this book goes and just what it will mean for the future of our Mutant of Magnetism. The writing is so well done that I honestly can’t put it down when I start reading it.  Keep up the good work, Cullen. Once again, you have appeased the critic in me.

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