Writer: Cullen Bunn
Art: Gabriel Hernandez Walta
Published: Marvel Comics
It’s been a while since I’ve gotten my hands on a comic as life gets in the way sometimes. I knew if there was a book that could pull me back in, it would be the solo adventures of my favorite villain of all time, Magneto. Since I hadn’t read anything in a few months I had no idea what Magneto had been up to or where he was at. Last I read he was sporting all white and paling around with Cyclops. The place where I find him was exactly what I was hoping for, dark.
Taking a cue from First Class, Magneto is on the war path against the unjust, but instead of Nazis hiding in plain sight, Magneto has set his sights on those who did massive harm to mutant kind. The first few pages play out like First Class with Magneto hunting down a doctor who had helped financed anti-mutant organizations. After some quick…dental work, Magneto heads back to his motel room to brood and reflect before heading back out to end another mutant menace.
The story presented by Bunn here is quite delicious. This is the Magneto that I love; the badass savior, the mutant Malcolm X to Xavier’s Martin Luther King Jr. No cheeks will be turned the other way when Magneto is involved and it was great seeing him get back to that. Bunn’s style of writing and use of language fits perfectly with a character like Magneto. Nothing makes a book better then when the writer absolutely gets his subject, and that is delivered in spades here.
However all isn’t perfect in Magneto land as I just couldn’t wrap myself around the art style. It’s not that it isn’t good, but it’s more suited for an indie comic about a neurotic man bumbling through life then it is a superhero book. When I read superhero books I like crisp lines, bright colors, call me boring but I like traditional comic book art. Though there were some great moments art wise, like Magneto sizing up every piece of metal as he enters a police station, the overall art has a dull and drab look to it. It just doesn’t grab me and pull me in like I was hoping it would. It’s not that the art is bad, it’s just not my cup of tea.
Overall this tale is just getting started and I feel confident with Bunn at the writers helm that we will get an epic story worthy of the mutant called Magneto. I just wish that Marvel had gone a different way with the art. If it weren’t for the art this book would’ve scored much higher. As it is I have to go with a…
3.5 out of 5 nerds