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Reviews: Magneto Testament #3 and House of M:Civil War #3

Posted by (kiplingkat) on Nov 13 2008
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Magneto Testament #3

Even though I knew this moment was coming (it was originally told in New Mutants Vol. 1 #49), I was still so floored/stunned/upset afterwards it took me hours before I could even begin to look at this issue rationally. The storytelling is crafted *that* well.

Now that I can step back to appraise it, it is still a remarkable issue. Once again Greg Pak tells Magneto's story by artfully weaving it around real events. One of the many remarkable things about this series is how subtly and deftly Pak is molding Max by layers into the man who would become Magneto. We can see by the choices he faces and consequences he endures, the opposing philosophies he is exposed to, how this essentially good boy became the complex and ambiguous character we know today.

This is by far the best comic Marvel is putting out this year. It is essential reading not only for Magneto fans and those interested in history, but for anyone. Even if they don't normally read comics.

House of M: Civil War #3

 

This issue finally sold me on the series. Gage weaves an compelling and relevant political tale of the Magnus Clan's rise to power. Not only are the multiple treaties Magnus strikes reminiscent of the treaties in place before WWI, but the assassination of Graydon Creed brings to mind the assassination of the Archduke Ferdinand that sparked off that conflict.

Most refreshing, Gage shows how Magneto could become globally aggressive without turning the character into a "MWUhahahahHA!" world-conquering cliche'. His motivations are understandable and very morally ambigous, while revealing the one of character's essential fatal flaws. (And he takes an action our own government has taken many times.) It's something Nicieza tried to do with the character and was not able to realize 100%. Gage has.

 

Last changed: Nov 14 2008 at 5:49 PM

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