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REVIEW: “Magneto #7” Are You Not Entertained?

By Cody Mudge

REVIEW: "Magneto #7" Are You Not Entertained?

Written by: Cullen Bunn

Art by: Gabriel Hernandez Walta and Javier Fernandez

Published by: Marvel Comics

$3.99

“Magneto #7” is another very entertaining and readable adventure in Cullen Bunn’s series focused on the self-proclaimed, “Protector of Mutantkind”. The issue does however ask you to suspend belief that those who captured Magneto, for the purpose of the awesome gladiatorial fight we see in this installment, didn’t know he was Magneto. It was a nagging detail that stood out and prevented me from fully immersing into the experience. The chasm was too far to bridge (in a book about a mutant super-being who can manipulate metal and magnetism, I know). As it turns out it was just one example of what would permeate through a book that should have been fantastic.

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On the surface this is a fine installment of the series. But upon closer examination it’s probably the weakest entry so far. Artistically, Gabriel Hernandez Walta and Javier Fernandez are both obviously talented artists, but their different styles don’t mesh seamlessly and this serves to remove you from the experience. Like the script from the normally grounded Bunn, the art distracts you from what should have been a slam dunk. The issue is scripted in a way to minimize the distraction, which is great, but the problem remains that the invariable change in voice is not a welcome one. With so many great comics with ironclad artistic juggernauts in play each week, this series must endeavor to remain consistent. A character like Magneto, who has no history of supporting a solo book long-term, can’t afford to have art that varies from issue to issue and that’s exactly what we’re beginning to find in this series.

Despite all of this, I wish more series had “slip-ups” like “Magneto #7”. Despite the shaky foundation upon which it stands, the comic is still rife with desperate violence and a vengeful Magneto tearing apart those who would destroy mutantkind. His relationship with Briar Raleigh is another interesting piece of the puzzle as his forced partnership with her has led to greater success than what he could achieve on his own. Perhaps we’ll see a new “Brotherhood” soon as old Mags begins to see the power of numbers. Yet his plight is also an intensely personal one. The greatest success of this issue is that it continues Bunn’s terrific reading of the character. Not for a long time have we seen such a compelling version of Magneto. He’s always been driven but his development into essentially the mutant Punisher is extremely interesting. The loss of his powers have also forced him to get much closer to those he destroys and in some ways this is a more terrifying and powerful change for the character. Characterization is the most important part of any story and Bunn nailing this aspect assuages some of the pain the rest of the issue causes.

Verdict:

Magneto is a title that is walking a thin line through no fault of its own. The character simply doesn’t have the history of being popular enough to sustain a series so every slip up is cause for concern. This issue features a fantastic core idea but an execution that is sorely lacking. The strong past issues make a case for why this isn’t a concern over the quality of the book, but, its sales support should very much be something to keep an eye on. Bunn’s ability to capture Magneto’s voice may very well sustain this series for the first time in the characters history.

“Magneto #7” earns 6.9 / 10

REVIEW: "Magneto #7" Are You Not Entertained?