writer: Cullen Bunn / artist: Gabriel Hernandez Walta / Marvel Comics
After the abrupt surrender of Magnus in the previous issue (for which felt a little fishy to me), Magneto comes back, frankly, for a great issue this go around. Placed in the power dampening shackles and confined in an empty holding cell (cuz you can’t really give Magneto ANYTHING to toy with), it never did feel like he was going to be a prisoner long. I’m pretty sure that the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents are the only people that didn’t see the jig coming (including the readers). Still, that’s nitpicking because this felt like the quality book that Bunn was cranking out pre-AXIS crossover and it feels good to be back. The slow grind of Magneto not having the peak of his powers for so many issues has paid off now where (with the assistance of MGH), the spectacle of bending everything to his will is pretty satisfying.
There are some cool moments here beyond the brute force of Magneto, such as his flashback with Charles Xavier and his unique way of dealing with S.H.I.E.L.D. after his escape. If you had any concerns about us getting a slightly more kind and empathetic Magneto post AXIS inversion, those should be alleviated pretty quickly.
Walta is once again in control of the art and his hard edged and crude pencils really capture the mission and purpose of Magneto well. If there is a slight weakness, I would say it’s in the differentiation of the female character as it seems that the colorist has to do some of the heavy lifting there. But all in all, this is pretty well put together book and the story told in this one is effective.
Magneto pulls off the long game in finding out what S.H.I.E.L.D. was up to and handles it with textbook Magneto intellect and brutality. It’s good to have him back.