Today’s Super Comic — Magneto #1 (2014)

magneto-1If there’s ever been a comic book villain who could carry his own series, it’s Magneto—and he recently did, for 21 issues. I’ve only read the first 12, but after re-reading #1, I realize I need to rectify that.

Magneto works as a character because he believes he’s in the right, and due to his tragic backstory, you can understand where he’s coming from even while disagreeing with his actions and rooting for the X-Men to stop him.

No X-Men appear in this issue (although technically Magneto is an X-Man these days). Writer Cullen Bunn and artist Gabriel Hernandez Walta reintroduce us to a stripped-down version of Magneto, a man who knows what it’s like to possess tremendous power and resources but currently has little of either. Here, he seeks to avenge the murder of innocent mutants in his typically unheroic way, but he learns there’s more going on than he initially suspected. And the stage is set for the first storyline, and I want to keep reading.

A truly distinct X-Men spinoff.

Writer: Cullen Bunn

Penciler: Gabriel Hernandez Walta

Publisher: Marvel Comics

How to Read It: back issues; Marvel Unlimited; Comixology; included in Magneto vol. 1: Infamous (TPB)

Appropriate For: ages 15 and up