|Magneto 11 cover by David Yardin|
Magneto has been busy since issue #10. While trying to kill the Red Skull and finally put a stop to his genocidal tendenciesc, Magneto unwittingly unleashed Red Onslaught and his worldwide reign of hate. The battle ensued on Genosha, the island formerly ruled by Magneto, that drew in so many Marvel heroes. It was dire, the heroes were outgunned, as a pair of Tony Stark–designed hero hunting sentinels quickly decimated their ranks. In a final act of despair, with the MGH effect wearing off, and desperate against such overwhelming failure to counter the Red Onslaught, Magneto fled the harrowing battle.
As the grisly scene is recounted in the first few pages of Magneto #11 we have some overlap with the events in AXIS, but this is necessary. At this point we continue to see why Cullen Bunn deserves so much praise for his work in Magneto. Bunn explores the deep sense of guilt and responsibility Magneto feels not only the Red Onslaught but also for the havoc he has wrought upon his fellow mutants. This psychological examination is superlative for the tone and edge to this series, which simply cannot be given page space in an event like AXIS.
|Magneto's haunting past spurs him on...|
While the traumatic scares of the indiscretions and fatal mistake from the past will always haunt Magneto, Bunn delivers a great twist as he sets Raleigh to bringing Magneto out of his funk and back to the proactive master manipulator we know. Ultimately Magneto #11 shows us how the "villains/anti-heroes" come to arrive on Genosha at the pivotal moment to help stop the Red Onslaught.
Magneto #12 dives straight into a more action-packed issue. Having gathered his group of non-do-gooders, Magneto proceeds to lead them back to battle Red Onslaught. This issue of Magneto coincides with the events of AXIS 3.
|Magneto 12 cover by David Yardin|
Magneto #12 brings in artist Roland Boschi and colorist Lee Loughridge. Both are very capable and try to emulate the existing style and tone of the series. Given that Magneto has a very distinct approach, a change in artists is noticeable, yet it is not jarring here. Loughridge uses a suitable palette of colors but the doesn't have the same harsh quality Jordie Bellaire provided in issue #11. This could also be as a result of Boschi's pencils and inks, which aren't as gritty as Walta's. By no means does this bring down the art, it is simply a slightly different approach. A nice sense of continuity between the issues is provided by Cory Petit's lettering.
|Magneto strikes back.|
As an X-Men solo series, Magneto has a great sense of stick-ability about it. Bunn has provided a great run so far on this series and seems to have some long-reaching plans to build around Magneto, the top of which is uncovering the role of Raleigh.
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