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Review: Magneto #10 by Bunn, Fernadez and Walta

Posted by Sean Hamilton Sunday, September 28, 2014
Review of Marvel's Magneto #10 by Cullen Bunn, Javier Fernandez and Gabriel Walta
Magneto #10 Cover by
Mike Perkins and Andy Troy
The Master of Magnetism has us still marching towards AXIS.

To recap the last issue, Magneto has arrived at Genosha to find horrifying scenes, reminiscent of those of his youth in NAZI Germany. Finding himself charged by the grisly conditions he finds of mutants and inhumans on the island, Magneto moves to quell the Red Skull before further harm can come about. However, he is captured by the S-Men and as the issue comes to a close, the audience is left anticipating Magneto's fate.

Magneto #10 continues this unique solo experience in Marvel's X-Universe. The dark noir feel has been a main stay of the series crafted by Cullen Bunn and masterly brought to life by Gabriel Hernandez Walta and Javier Fernandez. It is great in this issue to see the momentum and influence of AXIS build through Magneto. This will undoubtedly lead to some great story points for Bunn to explore after the event has come to its conclusion.

There is a special feeling brought about by the gritty artistic style. The subject matter is likewise dark and this is what is so appealing about Magneto as a series. It sets itself apart as a result of the feel and tone, in a positive manner.

Opening the issue, Bunn has the narrative voice of Magneto to guide us in. Bunn has used this technique throughout the series as Magneto is a one-man campaign for mutant retribution. Most often, an issue will open and close in this manner and it is effective to bring the weight and gravitas associated sigh this series. Cory Petit's use of black background letter boxes and white writing provides a stark contrast that does well to support this tone.

Review of Marvel's Magneto #10 by Cullen Bunn, Javier Fernandez and Gabriel Walta
Magneto faces a tortuous ordeal.
In Magneto #10, Bunn has the titular antihero desperate to escape the mental anguish that the Red Skull is bombarding him with. Watched over by the grudge holding Mzee, Magneto retreats into his memories to hide from the assault.

Ultimately it is of no use as the Red Skull contours the Nazi officer Hitzig, who oversaw the young Magneto when he was a prisoner in Auschwitz. Hitzig is relentless in his pursuit and trying to make Magneto surrender his will and mind to him.

Bunn uses great pacing to build suspension during Magneto #10. Utilizing a panel arrangement of an average of 5 panels per page, Bunn's script is interpreted by Walta and Fernandez to great effect.

Walta and Fernandez open up the art in this issue, as the memories of Magneto allow and interpretative take on the history we have seen before from other Marvel stories.

These are still given the rough, dark feeling associated with Magneto. To enhance this issue the colors become more prominent.

Dan Brown and Jordie Bellaire do a nice job in highlighting the right aspects of the character interaction by use if the colors. The Red Skull stands out in such a darkly colored book.

Review of Marvel's Magneto #10 by Cullen Bunn, Javier Fernandez and Gabriel Walta
The hypnotic stare of the Red Skull is hard to resist.
Even Magneto's treatment displays thought as his inward depiction is contrasted differently to the Magneto left on the torturers rack on Genosha.

As we come to the close of Magneto #10, it is now so much more apparent that we are nearly deep into AXIS already. We have been marching for the last two weeks and we have still one one more to go.

Review of Marvel's Magneto #10 by Cullen Bunn, Javier Fernandez and Gabriel Walta
Magneto faces demons from his past.
The crossover with Magneto and Uncanny Avengers is a great way to continue the story and for Marvel to maximize the opportunity of AXIS.

The hanging end if the issue with Magneto flowing with a power induced from MGH is a tantalizing tease that brings together the threads that have been building in the series for a while now. Recently Axel Alonso paid tribute to the writing ability of Bunn and his maturity of style and versatility. It is apparent from his output across various titles currently and in the past that Bunn plays a subtle long term game. His promise of this, and as hinted at by Bunn, this means that the series longevity is supported well after AXIS. The best way to guarantee this though is to get this comic on your pull-list. I highly recommend it, as Magneto shows a refreshingly unique take on a much loved genre.

While I look forward to seeing where we are taken next in the series, what do you like about Magneto? While he has been one of the truest villains Marvel have had for decades, what is your impression of this latest incarnation of Magneto? Make sure you leave your thoughts and comments below.

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