Review: Magneto #8 by Cullen Bunn and Javier Fernandez | Fanboys Anonymous

Review: Magneto #8 by Cullen Bunn and Javier Fernandez

Posted by Sean Hamilton Friday, August 22, 2014
Magneto #8 Cover
It's the quite ones you need to watch out for...

It's debatable if you can label Magneto a 'quite one', but his approach to retribution isn't about throwing large metal objects around anymore. It can't be as his powers are lacking of late.

Despite this, the gravitas of action is brought to the fore in clever ways that feel more impressive for the lack of overt macho-come smash-em-ness. It is this clear point of difference that brings the appeal of a series focused on Magneto straight to the front. Cullen Bunn plays on this well and has done so since issue #1. However, with Magneto #8, we start to see this develop in ways I hadn't expected.

There is some great transitional art on display here that really draws out the story and character of Magneto, both past and present. Having just re-read all of this series, it is very apparent just what a character driven series Magneto is.

While this may seem obvious, on the flip side, the action is toned down to allow for this. It is the subtlety that is developed by the use of narration by Magneto's thoughts that help drives this process. Don't get me wrong, an issue of Magneto without a revenge murder would seem a little fanciful at this point, but it wouldn't go so far as to say the style is in your face.

Magneto #8 Interior art by FernandezGiven this, we are seeing a change in how the story may flow from this point. While, up to now, Magneto has been driven to avenge mutant hate crimes and revenge those targeted for having a different genetic make up, this Dexter-ish approach seems to have brought Magneto to a new purpose. The more personal touch of overcoming his diminished powers is a great plot to follow and, lets face it, this has been branded across each issue as a constant reminder.

The art by Javier Fernandex, though not as jarring as Garbiel Walta, has a complementary style in this Magneto #8. The gritty darkness that envelopes this series is wonderfully captured by both artists. The tone is driven home by darker shades and palette of colorist Dan Brown.

Another nice touch is the consistent use of white on black for the narration lettering. Cory Petit adds weight with this approach to the feel of the series, and contrasts the spoken word bubbles which remain black on white. In all, the art is cohesive to ensure it is bringing out the best aspects of the story and not stopping the readers flow.

Magneto #8 the different faces of MagnetoDuring Magneto #7 and #8, we are provided the connection to Mutant Growth Hormone story line that has recently concluded in Uncanny X-Men. Bunn is using this and the appearance of Magneto back in the later series to link the mutant worlds together.

For me the end of Magneto #8 is particularly satisfying. The build up to AXIS has begun for Magneto. Will we see a return to former glory? There is still much more for Bunn to explore. Briar Raleigh's role still remains unclear, the use of The Marauders and what Magneto's role in AXIS are just some of the bigger facets still to be teased out.

What did you think of this months issue of Magneto? How will this play into the March to AXIS next month? Leave you thoughts and comments below.

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