Magneto has been captured by the Red Skull! What cruel fate awaits him? Read on and find out!
Our comic opens with Magneto strapped to an upright table where he laments that he trusted his failing powers rather than using his secret weapons, thinking if he had another chance he would use it. Red Skull shows up with the turtle guy and then he basically mocks him about having Charles’ brain and then put an illusion in his mind of the Nazi who he failed to kill back then, Hitzig, to break him mentally before turtle guy does physically, giving him fifteen minutes top. Yeah, he should have killed him when he had the chance and I say that to both of them.
Magneto retreats into his memories to withstand the mental torture. He chooses when Luna was born, but that memory gets perverted by Hitzig, who tells him he’s been running since they met and still can’t escape him and he wasted his powers. He then goes to when his first child was killed in a fire since it reminds him why he fights, and then with Rogue in the Savage Lands I’m assuming, but both of those get twisted as well. And kicker was the destruction of Genosha, but that one did him in.
For the first time in the series, Magneto just flatly gives up now that he is no longer able to retreat into his memories. Turtle boy then gets ready to carve out his eye before Rogue, Scarlet Witch, and Havok popped up to save him. I know it seems contrived, but it actually makes sense if you’ve stomached the latest Uncanny Avengers. To save time, the S-Men broke into the Avengers Mansion and kidnapped Scarlet Witch and Rogue while Alex was nabbed off the street after having half his face burned off and losing his daughter to Kang. It’s that kind of comic.
Anyway, they bust in and save him and he decides to keep his promise about having a second chance. He bites into his skin, where he apparently has a stash of MGH made for him two issues ago planted. The comic ends as he suddenly gets a boost of power with the intention of completely fucking up the Red Skull.
Okay, review time.
Uh… not much here that we didn’t know in terms of development to be honest. If anything I’m more upset that he gave in near the end there. But I guess we need downs and ups for a balanced comic. It gets a 3 out of 5.
Okay, things are hurrying along in both my life and the story, so let’s hop right into my review of New Warriors #10.
The comic begins with the High Evolutionary and the other guy extracting DNA from a deviant they captured inside of the Arctic Circle, before they get into a bitching match when the New Warriors track them down with their own tech and begin their final battle with the two who tried to kill them to end all off-shoots of humanity. High Evolutionary takes Sun Girl because she did screw him over while the rest clean up the mooks, but Haechi backs her up. The fight actually goes well until Hummingbird peeks into his brain to see exactly he’s afraid of.
His fears are that the Celestials will kill the human race, seeing them as a failed experiment, which they’ve already tried and failed to do in Uncanny Avengers before. I’m not seeing the problem here, but either way the vision basically gives High Evolutionary a second wind and he downs half the team before throwing Scarlet Spider into a device to lock him out of the fight, proclaiming he wants to save the human race and he’s going to use their team to power his gene bomb. Justice decides it’s time to call in back-up and brings the Cat and Dog duo armed with guns.
But not just any guns, these were made by High Evolutionary to de-evolve things, made to fight the Evolutionaries. Combined with Hummingbird’s emotion manipulation, it basically turns the two on one another while they mop up the rest and it seems like the New Warriors are going to win. Then the cat takes a blow for the dog that turns him into ashes, thus pissing everyone off or leaving them in shock. The lead evolutionary wisely decides to try and kill Hummingbird while her back is turned and she’s grieving, but Scarlet Spider shoots him and puts an end to that.
So it appears the day is saved, right up until the children of the Celestials who popped up in the cliffhanger of a previous chapter, the Eternal Children, show up and tell them they’ve come to save humanity from them. Round 2 next issue.
Okay, review time.
This issue basically picks up where it should have after that fiasco with the Avengers. From what I know the series has like two issues left, so they have to wrap things up, meaning that they’re going to skip over all that crap with Namora from the look of it. Still, it was a solid issue and they didn’t drag it out.
4 out of 5.