Magneto has gone rogue and is killing at will. He’s deemed himself fit for the task of purging the world of any and all anti-mutants. However, how does a nice fresh concept come through for a character that’s been around for decades? Is it good?
Magneto #2 (Marvel Comics)
After his most recent spree of violence Magneto finds himself on a dangerous path, trying to track down a new “Omega-Sentinel.” His quest brings him to Down Acres, a “tent city” to hear Magneto tell it where he meets the people who have been tortured and abducted by the manufacturers of the sentinels. While in Down Acres, Magneto recalls a time when he was in a place much like this one, the Warsaw Ghetto 1942. Through his flashbacks, we learn a lesson he learned a long time ago, which eventually comes into play at the end of the issue. This is a tight, well formatted story that adds to the overall mystery, but also tells a very entertaining story.
Despite what the message is, I love that in every issue of this comic so far, there’s been an underlying point the author is trying to make through the character. It gives each issue a distinct tone and you come away from it very satisfied. This time around, we are taught that in order to get things done, you can’t have mercy. The point is started in a story about Nazi’s killing an innocent kid and then related to Magneto as he questions then kills a (clearly evil) informant. While I understand that in order to sympathize with the character we needed to see a kid die in front of him, but still, it’s a little tough to make the case that you can do as the Nazi’s as long as you’re sure the person you’re killing is pure evil. While I don’t deny that it’s a manipulative and interesting plot, it’s not totally morally sound.
While we’re learning things about Max and how merciful he is (turns out, not very) we also get a lesson on infinite realities and how “the universe chose to keep Magneto alive and how all of Magneto’s life would have been totally different had not everything gone the way it did. It’s a pretty over-wrought, blah idea and I don’t buy it one bit. For the sake of the story, however, it does keep the narrative moving quite nicely, and that’s commendable.
Is It Good?
Despite the questionable morals and ideas in this comic, I have to say, I really lost myself in the pages of Magneto #2. It’s a very engaging story told expertly, and some of the character’s motives at play are very interesting. The art is also thoroughly enjoyable and gets all of the shading exactly right. The Warsaw scenes looked brilliant in the grey tones, just like a silent movie. And the one panel of red at the end of the flashback? That’s brilliant yet subtle artistry. Although, I didn’t love what’s going on conceptually in this book, definitely a recommended read to anyone who’s looking for a story that’ll really grab you.