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Magneto: Not A Hero #1 - Chapter One

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What happens when Magneto's past literally comes back to haunt him? The first issue in this four-part miniseries reveals some rather interesting challenges the character will be forced to face.

The Good

If you're anything like me, then you've been waiting for Magneto to return to the forefront of Marvel. After all, he can crush Iron Man's like a tin can with the mere flick of his wrist, so its still a little bit weird to see this all powerful character who has always had his own agenda become a team player -- and stay one for so long. The good news? The first issue of Magneto: Not A Hero does not disappoint. In fact, if you go out to the comic store this week and have to buy one comic book, make it this one. It's that good.

The story opens at an anti-mutant rally, where protestors are spewing their hatred for mutant-kind. They quickly change their tune, however, when they come face to face with Magneto, who proceeds to crush them all almost instantly. But whats going on here? I thought Mags had had a change of heart; started working with the good guys? Since when did he revert back to his old ways.

Captain America and Iron Man ask to meet Cyclops and Magneto after the incident to interrogate Eric. The thing is, meetings between the Avengers and the X-Men never always go as planned -- and the disagreements between the two teams definitely keeps Marvel stories interesting.I thought it was great that Cyclops and Magneto both show up to the meeting with their guard down, ready and willing to have a peaceful discussion; but the two Avengers show up in full uniform and completely prepared for the worst case situation.

What I really loved about this issue is that it shows that even though Magneto is cooperating with the Avengers, and is now a member of the X-Men, he hasn't changed that much. His philosophies are still the same. He still believes that mutants are still still superior, and he doesn't hide that from his banter with Tony Stark.

"I've entertained you humans long enough. Oh, Mr. Stark. I slightly admire you for thinking you could let me do anything. You may have limited the amount of metal in this room, but I am still not a man easily limited.

Basically, you do not want to mess with Magneto.

Not only is the dialogue between the characters fantastic, but the story itself will have you at the edge of your seat and leave you wanting more.

The Bad

Seriously, nothing at all bad about this issue.

The Verdict

If you've missed Magneto in the spotlight, you'll be really happy to pick up this four issue miniseries. Not only is it a story entirely revolving around the character and his personal demons and the repercussions of his past transgressions, but it also serves to tell a great story that highlights the character who continues to maintain his personal convictions, even if he's changed a lot. Clay Mann's pencils are gorgeous, and Seth Mann and Norman Lee's colors are vibrant and breathtaking. This one is a definite winner.

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the_stegman

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i've said it before, and i'll say it again, Magneto is the single greatest villain Marvel comics have every created

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I was going to pass on this, but when I picked up to look inside it was just too awesome! I'm so glad I picked this up. Too think I almost missed one of the best comics this week!

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Magneto over Doom?

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I love magneto, and cant wait to pick this up, and i dont consider him a villain (At least how he has been lately) sure he is extreme, but he has seen 16 million mutants killed, I would be pisst to. He is no hero, but he sure is no villain

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This was a good issue. However, the preview of the next issues' cover has Maggie sporting a boner. Why is this becoming a recurring issue with artist drawing characters with boners? Why not add camel toes next? FTS.

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@illmatic06 said:

Magneto over Doom?

What do you think? Magneto >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> .............. Doom

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Just got done reading the issue, couldn't agree with you more Babs. Magneto has long been my favorite X-Men character alongside Cyclops, and it's refreshing to see him get his due in the spotlight with this series and his place on Scott's Extinction Team.

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Magneto is nor hero or villian.

He does what is think is right for his mutant race

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Good review. Definitely going to pick this up tomorrow when I make it to the shop. Is it written by Skottie Young, the artist?

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It was indeed excellent. The story was semi-predictable, but that hardly lowers my enjoyment of this fine issue.

As I see Magneto leering over the dead on the book's cover, I can't help but imagine him saying "Humans. Welcome to die!" Alright, yes. I've played the X-Men arcade game.

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I LOVED THE BIG REVEAL!!!! LOVED IT!!! Been waiting for this character to return from comicbook Limbo. Hands down best issue this week friggen loved it

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@Pbott: Yeah, that's my opinion too. He's something in the middle. But you got to love him as a character. Depth, powers, origin...everything is interesting in Eric.

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Oh, come on! Let Mags be a hero for a lil' longer! He deserved it!

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This makes me wish that the Dr Doom book wasn't canned  

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I was like...."meh." It wasn't horrible, but it wasn't bad. Like 'Animal Man', every issue of that knocks me off my feet. This...this is okay...

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Being a magnetoholic, I'm definitely buying this one.

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Magneto's clone is alive