Magneto (2014) #21 Final Issue Review
And so it ends here, with Magneto #21. There’s not a lot to say folks, so I’ll be quick in condensing my thoughts on the conclusion of this series and its perspective on Magneto! Read on!
Okay, the comic opens with a flashback to Magneto’s first fight with the X-Men. In this fight, he pronounces mutants as the new overlords of humanity while handing them their asses, and when we go to the present we find him acknowledging the irony of the situation. The world thinks he’s here to turn a new leaf, a lie the desperate tell themselves as the world is coming to an end.
Another flashback shows when he sinks a Russian submarine because they are preparing to launch a missile in retaliation for him threatening all the governments of the world. He intends to use them as an example. As they die and he watches, he knows there is no redemption and that hasn’t changed now. He sees and himself as a monster, now and forever.
Polaris can only watch on as he does this, having lost her powers. Briar comes up to her and offers her a hand, explaining that he took them because he didn’t want to sacrifice her. Polaris simply states he’s only lying to himself and her believing that. For him, the ends justify the means.
In another flashback her words are proven true as Magneto is talking with Charles and the X-Men, refusing to come to court for laws he doesn’t recognize. Charles warns that the way he does things won’t get the results he wants because it does more harm than good, but then some suits come up to him and tell him they acknowledge Genosha as his land. Not the good way to send a message.
It seems like he’s pushing back the other world back in the present, but Briar can see that’s not the case. His body can’t withstand the power and turns to ashes with nothing left behind, realizing that everything he’d done to this point has taken away everything from him for nothing. The comic ends with the world being destroyed.
Okay, review time.
There’s not much to write home about in the issue. It was the final one and, as we see, Magneto failed in the end. For both the issue and the series itself… well, there was no getting around how it was going to end. This massive crossover crap was always going to ruin it. The art was about the same and we mostly just looked into the final thoughts of a man who thrived on violence and murder to accomplish a goal, only for it to all be meaningless in the end. It’s a shaggy dog story, with the best anyone will be able to say was that he tried.
I give the issue a 3 out of 5, and the series as a whole a 3.5 out of 5. I liked the introspective into it, but the art wasn’t spectacular. The ending was screwed by the crossover, and ultimately everything that was sacrificed for was for nothing.
Magneto #20 Review
I’m back folks, or rather I never left. There just hasn’t been much in the comic world that’s interested me with Secret Wars. But I still read Magneto and some secrets are coming out in what I think is the second-to-last issue of his own series. So read on my review of Magneto # 20!
The comic opens with Mags bleeding from his mouth and nose, wondering if his doppelganger is on the other side trying to do the same and which has gone to greater lengths. He has no clue his doppelganger went nuts, caused that Ultimatum event that ruined the Ultimate-Universe, and is dead. It’s for the best.
Anyway, it turns our Briar was wealthy and bored when she got caught in his attack in Seattle that left her leg injured. She claims she tried to minimize the damage by manipulating him, but it also turns out that she likes the monstrous side of him and pain makes her feel alive. He tells her there’s more to be done before the end.
In the present we see Lorna trying to tell him to stop since he’s killing himself. He reasons that since they keep sending sentinels they have a chance and he was going to keep going, he just needed more power. The Marauders provide him with amplifiers and the charging will take five minutes.
He’s bought that time because Briar contacted SHIELD with her agent and gave them information about the Incursions so they’d back him up as he continued. Lorna also came because she was invited to a club for people who like Magneto, despite the fact he’d maimed them at some point. Yeah, it gets weird, but to each its own.
Anyway, she informed Lorna that he was going to die and it would be best to have his child by his side. The comic then cuts to him draining her powers, so that he can finish up and ends with him looking like he’s exploding with power.
Okay, review time.
All in all, I find this issue a conflicting thing. On the one hand, I know he’s going to end up failing because Secret Wars is a thing and this is hopeless. On the other, I think he’s doing great things and he makes a fair point.
I’ll give it a 4 out of 5.
Magneto #18 Review
The last days of Magneto are here now that Secret Wars is out and about. This is my review of the 18th issue in the series of one man who only wants to protect mutant-kind. Uncanny X-Men doesn’t count anymore after that Tempus screw-up. Read on!
Okay, the comic abruptly begins with Mags catching up with his daughter. By which I mean Polaris, not the two who were un-retconned, who has donned her traditional clothing rather than her Serval gear as they face the end of the world. Since I have stuff to do today, I’ll keep this brief:
Mags has known about incursions for some time because he’s been in touch with Namor, who was part of the Illuminati, who was recently ganked by Black Panther for flooding his city during A vs X, and survived to join the Cabal. Are you with me so far?
Magneto wants to save their world, meaning he has to destroy the 1610 world. He has the means of doing so because, before the above-mentioned shanking, Namor gave him a thumb-drive containing all the information he had on the incursions, just in case something happened to him.
So he, his daughter, and the Marauder clones are doing their best to save people as he siphons as much energy as possible from the Earth, and will likewise do the same when the other world gets closer and use it to destroy it. By there’s a catch.
As the comic ends, we see that they still have Sentinels in the Ultimate Universe, which I thought had been scrapped after Kitty Pryde became the mutant leader of them all, but apparently not.
Okay, review time.
To be brief, I don’t think that this issue carries all that much weight in light of Secret Wars. We know he fails because issue #2 is out and the end of the first one was where we watched the two worlds end. And why has Polaris suddenly appeared? Honestly, it would have been better to end it last issue.
It gets a 3 out of 5.