“It’s a common misconception among humans and even among mutants that we are defined by our powers. Mutation, though, is adaptation. I was born with the power to shape metal. But I was forged into the man I am today. It is my conviction, not my abilities, that make me who I am.” – Magneto
For as long as I’ve been into comics, Magneto has stood out as one of the most fascinating characters in popular culture. His motivations are very relatable and human, so when I came across the Magneto: Reversals graphic novel, I just had to review it. Written by Cullen Bunn, the story centres on the Master of Magnetism’s one-man crusade to protect mutants at all costs. Along the way, he confronts his past as a Holocaust survivor in the form of the Red Skull, who’s stolen the powers of Charles Xavier and is using them to cull mutants. The stakes couldn’t be any more personal.
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In the Marvel Universe, mutants have always had a tough time trying to survive. The X-Men act as the guardians of their kind, with several team members becoming well-known throughout the community. A lot of members on the team have gone through changes since their original appearance. Perhaps the character who has changed the most is team leader, Cyclops. Scott Summers started out as a boy who doubted his decisions and turned into a ruthless tactician who made the hard choices for his people. I’ve seen a lot of fans of the character dislike his change in personality. But I’d argue that he became the person he was meant to be and I’ll explain why.
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Beneath The Pages focuses on people of the comic industry who bring the page to life. They are the writers, artists and colourists who make comics worth reading. Today, I’m focusing on Spanish artist Gabriel Hernandez Walta, who’s become known for his work at Marvel. He’s illustrated comics like Magneto, The Vision and New Mutants.
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“The thing none of you will ever understand is that there are no sides. There’s no heroes or villains. There’s just what I want and how I’ll get it.” – Magneto.
Can villians reform? That is one of my questions asked in the Magneto: Not A Hero graphic novel, written by Skottie Young and drawn by Clay Mann. Magneto has joined the X-Men on Utopia, working alongside them in a peaceful manner to achieve a better world for mutants. But when footage is leaked of Magneto massacring humans at an anti-mutant rally, all eyes are on him.
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The Pop Culture Playlist is a segment which focuses on a character and features a list of 10 tracks that describes who they are. The comic world is filled with heroes and villains and people who’re in between. Magneto is a perfect example of the middle ground. The Master Of Magnetism is one of the most complex characters in literature, and I’ve come up with a playlist that represents his tragic story and mission for mutantkind.
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On this edition of Beneath The Pages, I’m going to put the spotlight on graphic novelist and comic writer, Cullen Bunn. Bunn has a reputation for writing horror and noir stories that have translated into his work in comics. He’s written successful series on characters like Magneto and Sinestro, blurring the lines between black and white and making the reader invest heavily in their journey.
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“As a member of the Sonderkommando in Auschwitz I was considered Geheiminstrager — a keeper of secrets. In the years since I have shouldered the crushing burden of many truths I would dare not share. My great shame among them.” – Magneto
For my first comic review, I’m going to focus on a single issue that stood out to me when I read it a couple of years ago. Magneto 9 was part of a solo series written by Cullen Bunn that ran for 21 issues. Bunn deconstructed the character to his raw elements, creating a gritty noir world of mutant prejudice and bloodshed. The issue was a part of the Axis event which saw the Red Skull steal the dead Charles Xavier’s brain and use his powers for evil.
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