Magneto’s attempts to rebuild Genosha have come under threat by a murderer that has a mysterious past with him. Who is this killer? How does it end? Read my review of Magneto #17 and find out!
Okay, so the comic begins with the Marauders clones searching for the killer, while Mags thinks on why mutants are returning to Genosha. Some seek asylum, others a home, but Magneto thinks that it was pride that had him move to rebuild his fallen utopia. Pride has a heavy-cost, and more than once it’s been paid for in blood.
Briar points out that he believes a mutant is responsible, leading to a memory where he watched as fellow escapees from the Holocaust were being gunned down and Hitzig narrowly missed him, though his parting words still manage to haunt Mags. Turns out this is horribly relevant as Hitzig is alive and the murderer haunting Genosha. So that issue where we saw the psychic creation of the Nazi surviving after Red Onslaught had been dealt with turned out to be a lot more relevant than we thought.
The thing is from Mags’ mind, brought into the world and made real. This makes killing him again rather difficult for Magneto, and he slips away. Magneto realizes he will continue to do this because the only way for it to continue to exist is to make him suffer, meaning it will never end up less he does something drastic.
Meanwhile, Briar goes to sleep in her own quarters, where Arclight is jealous of her. It turns out that the shade of Hitzig is there and decides to kill her to make Mags suffer, as nightmares like it usually do. Magneto remains blissfully ignorant of this, instead going to confront a mutant who he believes has something to do with this.
It turns out that the illusionist mutant, Amy, could bring things to life, but she couldn’t control them. After what the Red Skull did to her, she ends up pulling Hitzig out of his head accidentally and she can’t stop it. She didn’t come to a remote beach to hide, but because she knows what he has to do to end it and doesn’t want anyone to see him when he does it, otherwise everything would fall apart.
The comic ends with the Hitzig shade turning to ashes and Magneto contemplating how his legacy has spoiled under the ruins of his own darkness, having to kill the child to save what he had left.
Okay, review time.
Once more, Magneto’s tale ends with blood being spilled in order to do what is best for mutants. This time, much like the knock-off Omega Sentinel, it was someone who had no control over what they were doing, but because of an outside power influencing them. It’s tragic, as expected of this series.
5 out of 5.
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