The AXIS Tie-In picks up where it left off, with Magneto enjoying it a bit as he gets to break Sentinels and revel in the irony of the “heroes” knowing what it’s like to be on the receiving end for once. He wants the members he recruited to keep pressing the advantage and uses it long enough to free his daughter and the Sorcerer Supreme and tell them to get to work on the spell. There’s then a minor flashback to Charles and Mags in the past arguing about peaceful co-existence and how naïve the thought is.
Red Skull then mind rapes all the villains, causing Magneto to have to hold them off. He lasts until the Sorcerer Supreme gets compromised and Carnage gets in a few good licks. Then Doom steps in and they get to work on the spell. Another flashback shows that this was when he first revealed he was a mutant to Charles to kill members of HYDRA who were coming after them, telling Charles that one day his squeamishness will cost them dearly.
The spell goes off. The heroes and his daughter still see him and the others as villains (which is ironic given what’s happening in the main series). Charles’ psychic ghost appears and tells him that mutants need him to be their shepherd and champion. Magneto responds that suddenly he feels the fear he felt and that Charles was afraid he wouldn’t be there to guide them, but he will lead them and help them find a way to live in peace. Because he walks off too soon he doesn’t hear as the ghost says that he thinks Magneto was right.
He then finds more mutants, including the girl he freed before, Amy, and gets their collars off. He tells them that they’re all safe together now. As the comic ends we see that creepy ass Nazi dude from his mind now in the real world. Oh, crap…
Okay, review time.
I think it’s safe to say that Magneto has been inverted, but he was already teetering the line so…. Anyway, I call it a 4 out of 5.
Okay, Magneto is involved in the whole Axis event and despite me not covering the main event I will chip in with my review of issue #11 of his solo series! Read below for more!
The comic opens with Mags thinking how heroes rise during the worst of times and he may have been responsible for several coming into creation, but that doesn’t matter now that they are dropping like flies again Red Onslaught and the two Adamantium Sentinels that he picked up courtesy of Tony Stark. They’re picking off heroes, so Mags is needed to step up. Rogue tries to backtrack on what she said about him being no better than the Red Skull for killing him now that they need him, which doesn’t do wonders for her image since she just compared him to one of the most evil men in Marvel, but he pretty much sees through it and goes to help anyway.
He gets shot in the back and then feels guilty since the original Onslaught was born from his own hatred and rage and killing the skull set it free once more. So he’s afraid that if he kills it then something worse would come about. So he runs away from the fight and back to Raleigh, wondering that when he’s dead and gone will his legacy be all the bad things he’s done.
I know he seems a bit whiny, but he makes a point. For all he’s done his people, mutants, are still suffering and he’s unleashed hell on the world. I don’t blame him for that since, like Raleigh said, he couldn’t have expected that and the skull was a powerful telepath who egged him on. He had it coming.
Still Raleigh decides tough love is in order and pulls up all the bad things he’s one both before and after his power loss and she doesn’t hold back. But she shows him he also saved someone, using his anger. It’s hollow, but it shows that not everything he’s done has been completely bad and the mutant race is better off because of him, not the things he’s done.
Mags takes the advice to heart and goes on a little trip around the world, recruiting Mystique and Sabertooth, Carnage, Absorbing Man, Hobgoblin, Loki, Doom, and Enchantress. Deadpool finds him though. They all team-up to take on the Red Onslaught since heroes just aren’t cutting it as the comic ends.
Okay, review time.
Once more we got a look into Magneto’s head and Mags recruits everyone through different means. Mystique and Sabertooth via their loyalty to their race, Hobgoblin by force, Doom and Loki since they see him as equals and have had fair dealings, Absorbing Man by telling him to do something with his life, and so on. I’m getting Forever Evil vibes from this and I loved that DC event.
5 out of 5.