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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Magneto's Testament #1: A Review

Saturday, September 13, 2008 Posted by Chris Tung , , No comments


X-men: Magneto's Testament #1: A Review

For a character as complicated as Magneto, I think it was about time that a writer dedicated his time to creating a mini of the events that lead the master of magnetism to become the villain (or is it hero?) that he has become today. Plus, with the possible solo film coming up, it seems as if Marvel is getting ready to start milking a new mutant other than Wolverine.

So what do I think about the issue? It was good. Maybe not great. But a good way to start a new series. We learn a few key facts about Magneto that we never knew before (one in particular is that his family name is Eisenhardt) as well as a glimpse into the relationship between Magda and Eric at such an early point in the series.

I feel that Greg Pak is tackling the subject manner in a very clean way. Obviously, when dealing with the Holocaust, it is of the utmost importance that the material is handled with compassion while at the same time never sugar coating events that may cause reader to turn away (hence, this book is actually published under the Marvel Knights line). Mr. Pak states that the material should be "honest, unflinching, human, and humane", and I personally feel that he has done a great job writing the introduction to a series that is sure to have many more "honest" moments throughout.

However, I did have one problem with the series. The art was definitely lack luster for me. I was immediately drawn to the cover of the series because Djurdjevic did a fantastic job at introducing an adolescent Eric as well as displaying the inevitable end for the young boy's character, but the interior art could definitely be better. I wish they had chosen a grittier direction. An artist who uses heavy shading and a more realistic depiction of characters, but I suppose since the subject matter is so serious having intensely dark images would be over kill.

All in all, I give it a thumbs up.

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