|Magneto #17 cover by David Yardin|
This is some of the finest work coming out of Marvel and is the culmination of a lot of work from the creative team on the series.
This issue is so dark and gritty, the artwork so tense, and the coloring so moody that it takes more than one pass reading it to fully comprehend what a great comic this is. It almost seems a shame that the flow of this series will be cut short by "Secret Wars," but thank goodness we get to see more under the "Last Days" banner of the Marvel-wide event.
The strands that writer Cullen Bunn has unraveled throughout the series become apparent and are rolled back together in issue #17 of Magneto. In hindsight, Bunn is showing some keen mastery of the subplot context, laying out aspects of the character of Magneto that can be exploded for readers here. It is the subtly of this skill that is so very clever. Bunn's work is now paying off as we glimpse the shadowy figure that has been haunting Magneto in recent issues.
|Young mutants are being killed on Magneto's island refuge of Genosha|
As far as this story goes, without spoiling it, we get a glimpse of the nature of who Magneto is—a multifaceted character imbued with a history and back story that other characters in the Marvel Universe would be either envious of or squeamish at. It is the malleable nature of his character that drives this series in unexpected ways, providing some tantalizing plot twists and dramatic situations.
|Hitzig rises from the grave to torment Magneto|
|Can the Master of Magnetism defeat his past?|
So, comic fans, what did you think about this issue? What did you think of Bunn's ending? Did it blow you away? Tell us below or head over to the Fanboys Anonymous Facebook or Twitter and leave a comment. Make sure you come back for the continuation of Magneto in the "Last Days" as we head into "Secret Wars."