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4LN Comic Review: Darth Maul #1

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Series: Darth Maul
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Luke Ross
Colors: Nolan Woodard

462191._SX360_QL80_TTD_Summary from Comixology: “Bred on hate, fear, and anger…steeped in the ways of darkness…and trained to kill. Darth Maul’s time as apprentice to Darth Sidious has long been cloaked in shadows, but at last we will reveal his tale of revenge. From writer Cullen Bunn (DEADPOOL KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE, WOLVERINE) and artist Luke Ross (STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, HERCULES) comes a tale of rage unleashed as Darth Maul prepares for his first encounter with the Jedi.”

I remember being six when Star Wars Episode I: The Phanom Menace first came out, and I thought it was the coolest thing ever (I know… I know…). The movie starred a young kid, my age, podracing, and one bad ass Sith. From the minute I saw Darth Maul, I was intimidated. The black and red face, the horns, the double-edged lightsaber, and the fact that Darth Maul was extremely quiet just added to his brooding nature.

If any writer was born to write Darth Maul, it’s Cullen Bunn. Bunn is just one of those writers that just does a great job with a villainous and anti-hero characters. He’s written Sinestro and Lobo for DC, and he has worked on Magneto and Deadpool for Marvel. He just has a natural ability with capturing the darker and more brooding characters. In the Phantom Menace, Darth Maul doesn’t say much; but, in the first issue of the mini-series he has quite a bit of dialogue. Darth Maul struggles with some inner demons and frustration directed at Darth Sidious, since he feels Maul is not ready to complete his apprenticeship.

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When it comes to the art in this book it tends to, at times, look a little more cartoony than the rest of the Star Wars books (not including Princes Leia)  have looked, and I certainly don’t mean that in a negative context. The cartoon feel actually adds a great amount of depth to the book and makes some of the scenes all that more bad ass. The book actually starts with Darth Maul hunting two of the most dangerous creatures in the galaxy, Rathtars(space octopus eyeball looking things). Darth Maul takes two of these beasts down in a couple swings of an ax, and its a great start to the series and helps show vicious Maul truly is. Luke Ross does an incredible job with the character designs for the leader of the Trade Federation, and also background characters on Coruscant.

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Bunn and Ross make a fantastic team, and this is leading up to be one of my favorite Star Wars mini-series. As I mentioned before Bunn does a fantastic job capturing a villain and, with a character that so little is known about, this is his time to shine with the ability to be able to add more lore around Darth Maul. Ross’s art really fits the book and I definitely look forward to seeing this creative team run off with Darth Maul.

My only downside to the book is Marvel sticking a $4.99 price tag on the book. Yes, it’s a #1, and yes there is a small bonus story by Chris Eliopoulos and Jordie Bellaire but I really think the $5 price will turn people away. If I wasn’t pulling EVERY Star Wars book, I would have probably passed on this book, but I’m glad I didn’t. And despite the $5 charge, I think you’ll greatly enjoy it too.

 

Music Paring:

Duel Of The Fates by John Williams. Because, duh.

4LN Comic Review: Drax #1

Series: Drax
Writer(s): CM Punk & Cullen Bunn
Artist: Scott Hepburn
Colorist: Matt Milla
Page Count: 23

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Summary from Comixology: “UFC fighter CM Punk makes his mighty Marvel Debut! Drax the Destroyer is the muscle for the Guardians of the Galaxy, but what does he do when he’s not adventuring through space with the Guardians? He lets his bloodthirsty quest for revenge take the pilot seat, of course! Determined to find and kill Thanos once and for all, Drax is ready to take on the universe. But when you’re tooling around the universe in a ship aptly named “The Space Sucker”, an unwavering desire for bloodshed isn’t enough to keep a mission from derailing. Drax crash lands into his wildest adventures ever, encountering foes no one will ever expect! The depths of space may not be big enough to contain this much grit, vengeance and all-out action!”

I’m a huge wrestling fan, and CM Punk is my all-time favorite wrestler. He was the perfect heel, and you never really knew what to expect from him. It’s one of the things that made him so amazing in the ring, and during promo’s. From his feuds with Undertaker to The Rock, CM Punk could sell anything. In April of this year it was announced that CM Punk would be writing a comic, and I was beyond excited. Although I’m not a big Guardians fan, I couldn’t think of a better character for CM Punk to write than Drax. I know that Punk is a pretty big comic book fan, so I’m sure he was marking out for this opportunity like I was marking out to be able to read it. I’ve been patently waiting for this book to hit shelves, and I’m so pumped it’s finally here.

This comic is a great mixture of pure violence, and also comedic relief. This is may be only the 10th Guardians related comic that I have read, but I really enjoyed what CM Punk and Cullen Bunn are doing with this book. As a comic writer, I’m a big fan of Bunn’s work on Magneto and Sinestro. He does a great job capturing the villains and the reason for their actions. I think Bunn and CM Punk make a great team, and I really look forward to where this book is going to go. This creative team makes a badass Drax, and he’s a character I would never want to mess with. Two scenes that stick out vividly in my mind happen within the first five pages of the book. The first one, Drax just rips an alien in half, and sprays blood, gore, and entrails all over Rocket Raccoon, who’s just not that thrilled about it, for some reason…

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When I first flipped through this book, I wasn’t that thrilled with the art. It seemed very “cartoon-y” but when I finally began reading the book, I realized the art was actually a perfect fit for the tone of the book, and Scott Hepburn’s art ended up kinda stealing the show. I also think that Matt Milla did a beautiful job with the colors in this book. It was a great blend of dark colors, but also very bight blues, pinks, and greens. The more I read this book, the more and more I began to love everything about it.

For this being CM Punk’s first time co-writing an entire book, he did a great job. It seems like Punk and Cullen Bunn both have a main vision for this book, and it seems like together they are going to make Drax one hell of an interesting read. Punk and Bunn made me interested in a character that I have never had a desire to read, or see in a solo book, so for that I seriously congratulate them as writers. I’ll be coming back next month to see what happens, and I think you’ll be missing out if you don’t pick this issue up.

Let it be known that I made sure this review was edited with a fine tooth comb, because the last thing I want is to be on CM Punk’s Grammar Slam. Where he rips trolls apart for insulting him with bad grammar.

 

Music Pairing:
I really had to think about what the best music would be for this book. I wanted to say Cult of Personality only because that was one of CM Punk’s walk out music when he was still with the WWE, but that didn’t really mesh well with the book. Instead I think a better fit would be the LA garage punk band F.I.D.L.A.R. (Fuck it Dog, Life’s a Risk)  and the song Drone just feels like it’s a good fit for this book.

4LN Comic Review – The Shadow #1

Series: The Shadow
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Giovanni Timpano
Publisher: Dynamite

Summary from Comixology:

A ruthless cabal of magicians is searching for the secret to the Last Illusion, and they’ll stop at nothing to achieve their goals. But the person who knew the most about the mysterious rite is dead, and he shared his secret with one man — the Shadow! Now, the Shadow faces some of his strangest foes as he engages in a deadly game where he might be the hunter… or the hunted.

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Overview-

I am by no means an expert on the Shadow.  Most of my knowledge comes from the woefully underrated movie featuring a young Alec Baldwin as the titular hero, and I am sure that is a somewhat inaccurate representation.  I do, however, have a bit of a soft spot for the character due to my fond memories of seeing the movie as a kid.  And I’m not the only one – my fellow 4LN writer, and good friend, Stephen Andrew also has fond memories of the film.  In fact, earlier this year I paid him for house sitting with two Shadow action figures I got from Comic Collector Live.  So, naturally, when I walked into my local comic shop on Wednesday afternoon my eyes immediately gravitated to the rain-soaked figure clad in black and red that was sitting on the new releases shelf.

The Shadow #1 follows the Shadow as he attempts to track down an evil cabal of fabulously dressed magicians who are seeking the secrets of the Last Illusion, which has something to do with life after death.  The only magician to have discovered this secret is the Shadow’s former mentor – Harry Houdini.  He then shared it with his wife (from beyond the grave) and the Shadow.  His widow was subsequently kidnapped by the previously referenced evil cabal of fabulously dressed magicians (also known as the Society of United Magicians), but she was able to keep the secret to herself until the Shadow was able to make her forget.  Now he is the only one with Houdini’s secret to the Last Illusion, and the murderous fiends in the Society of United Magicians will do anything they can to discover it.  Please note: a majority of the information referenced happened in The Shadow #0, which I didn’t know about when I bought this particular issue.

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I really enjoyed the story.  Cullen Bunn’s previous foray with the supernatural – Sixth Gun – is fantastic, so when I saw his name on the cover I wasn’t worried one bit.  The narrative is a lot of fun, and is very reminiscent of that pulp novel feel from the 1930’s and 1940’s, which was the The Shadows glory days.  He fights circus freaks and tracks down evil magicians in style, and his dialogue is just tremendous.  I also liked that they used black text bubbles with white text for his dialogue.  It makes it feel more visceral and intimidating.  The art style was great too.  Timpano just gets that 1920-1940’s pulpy style with it’s art-deco buildings, outlandish dress, rural settings.  I also particularly enjoyed the flashback sequences with mostly muted colors with splashes of red from the Shadows costume.  All in all, it was a strong effort by everyone involved.

The Shadow #1 is out now, and since it’s only $1.00 there is absolutely no reason not to give it a try.  If you can find #0 then I would definitely start there, but Bunn does a good job explaining the major plot points from that issue that are effecting the current narrative.  If you are a fan of pulp comics or comics with that old feel to them, then this is the book for you.  Head on down to your local comic shop and pick up your copy today! And remember… the Shadow knows!

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Music Pairing –
For this issue, I think an excerpt from the Shadow film score is perfect!

4LN Comic Review – Lobo #1

Book: Lobo #1
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artists: Reilly Brown, Nelson DeCastro & Peter Pantazis

Summary from Comixology – “The all-new Lobo brings the ultraviolence to his new ongoing series! If the first few blood-soaked pages of this issue don’t shock you – nothing will!”

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Overview –
I’ve been into Lobo since I was a kid. There was something exciting about this ugly, arrogant prick that was just so much fun. I always loved how other characters hated him around. It’s clear that Deadpool was at least a little bit fashioned after Lobo in this way. They’re both shameless murderers who will kill anything (well, almost anything) and anybody (oh they definitely kill anybody) as long as the paycheck is right.

I have been among the crowd of folks who are not too thrilled about the way Lobo’s story is changing. That comes across as totally hypocritical considering I’ve been unwavering in my support of the new female Thor. I think the difference from my perception is that with Thor they are merely handing over this masculine power to what has always been consider the “weaker” gender, Thor’s history isn’t changing, but with Lobo, they’re saying, “Oh, this guy you know and love and have invested so much into…? Yeah, he’s never been the real Lobo in all the 30+ years you’ve known him.” It bums me out. I feel like Lobo was great because in a medium of entertainment that has been guilty of years of trying to sell a false reality of physical appearance, Lobo was one of the only things that was real. He’s hairy, probably reeks of booze, and is not what most people would call “attractive”. He was there to say, “Hey you can look like a trashy, biker dude and still be cool as hell!” Now… well, new Lobo looks like every other male comic book character. Generic.

I say all that to say this… I will try to be fair during this review and suppress the bitterness as much as I can, but I make no guarantees.

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The Good –
I like Cullen Bunn as a writer. I’ve enjoyed his various Deadpool limited series titles, and I recently finished reading the first volume of The Sixth Gunn, which was a decent book. The way that he writes this new Lobo fits the character. The way that he speaks and his emotional disconnect feel very natural.

My favorite thing about this book, though, was the artwork. I really loved how detailed and perfectly colored the panels were. It’s clearly a very clean, modern approach, but it never feels lazy or generic. I’ll admit that I half-expected the artwork to be mostly phoned in, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that it wasn’t.

Also, his main weapon of choice, these sickle nun-chuck things that are like an updated version of the other Lobo’s hooks-on-a-chian, is pretty bad ass. At one point he rips a dude in half, right up the middle, with them. I was impressed.

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The Bad –
I mentioned above that the way Bunn writes this new Lobo fits the character. The problem is… the character kind of feels like a moody, brooding douchebag (I told you I couldn’t make guarantees this wouldn’t get bitter). He feels like what Edward Cullen would be if he’d watched too many Jason Statham movies and was desperate to emulate him. In space. Dressed like a cosmic hipster.

Whereas the Lobo I grew up with would jam some Anthrax and chug PBR’s while scarfing down as many racks of BBQ ribs he can get his hands on, “real” Lobo feels like he would sit in a Starbucks listening to Arcade Fire and sipping his grande, non-fat chai latte with extra foam while working on his mumblecore movie script where everyone can see, because, you know, what’s the point of being so cool if people don’t know?

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The Final Say –
I had similar feelings to this book that had about Grayson. I just don’t care about the character. This Lobo did not interest me. I felt no concern for his well being. When the issue ended, there was no urgency for the next issue to find out what happens next. I give this issue a 2 out of 4. The art saved it form getting a 1. This may be the “real” Lobo, but he most certainly is NOT the real Main Man.

4LN Comic Vault Review – The Sixth Gun Volume 1: Cold Dead Fingers

Book: The Sixth Gun Volume 1: Cold Dead Fingers
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Brian Hurtt

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Summary from Comixology: “Collecting issues #1 – #6 of the hit new series by Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt!  During the darkest days of the Civil War, wicked cutthroats came into possession of six pistols of otherworldly power. In time, the Sixth Gun. the most dangerous of the weapons, vanished. When the gun surfaces in the hands of an innocent girl, dark forces reawaken. Vile men thought long dead set their sights on retrieving the gun and killing the girl. Only Drake Sinclair, a gunfighter with a shadowy past, stands in their way.”

Overview

I’m not going to lie, I had absolutely no idea what to expect when I bought this book.  Most of the time I do some research before buying comics (or anything), because I am boringly cautious, so I was a little worried when I bought this based solely  on a tweet from comic writer/artist, Chris Schweizer.

Mr. Schweizer is a nice guy and I liked his graphic novel, Crogan’s Vengeance, so I headed down to Comic Collector Live: the Store to pick up Volume 1 (and to show off my newborn, but mainly to pick up The Sixth Gun).

The Good

As it turns out, this comic is an amalgamation of several of my favorite genres, including: Westerns, Adventures, with a dash of Fantasy and Horror thrown in for good measure.  There are elements throughout the story that remind me of two of my favorite series, J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, and Stephen King’s, The Dark Tower.  Drake Sinclair is a fun protagonist that reminds me of Han Solo, in a very roundabout way.  Sinclair is a man with a checkered past who must make a choice between his treasure and his conscience, and it’s fun to see his character develop through the first six issues.  The villains – a posthumous Civil War General who is hellbent on retrieving his magical pistol to bring about Armageddon, his immortal wife, and his four lieutenants that are reminiscent of the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse – are excellent antagonists (also, Zombie Cowboys).  Cullen Bunn’s tone is matched terrifically Brian Hurtt’s art.  The characters and set pieces are clean, and I love the overall aesthetic.

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The Bad

There’s nothing inherently bad here.  It’s a solid story with solid art, which is the ultimate goal for comics, right?  I would like to see more of the other protagonist, Becky Montcrief, but with another six trades to get through, I am sure there will be plenty of back-story filled in over time.  Also, the overall tone might not appeal to everyone.  If you don’t like Westerns/Adventures, you might not care for this tale all that much (there is also a chance you are dead to me).

The Final Say

I flew through this book.  I tried in vain to set it down so I wouldn’t get through it too quickly, but, like every action hero in the 90’s, it just kept pulling me back in for more.  I give this book a 4 out of 4.  Head on down to your local comic shop, pick up the trade, and let us know what you think in the comments section!

 

New Comics You Need To Know About!

Every once in a while we like to let you guys and gals know about new, upcoming comic book series’ that we think you should check out. It’s been several months since we’ve done that, but considering all the exciting new titles coming out next month this seemed like a good time to tell you all about a few of the more intriguing and highly-anticipated ones. I promise we’ll start doing this more often so that you, the readers, can be kept up on what’s new in the comic world.

 

THOR #1
Releases: 10/1
Writer: Jason Aaron
Art by: Russell Dauterman

Jason Aaron has been killing it on Thor: God of Thunder. I can safely, and confidently say that his God Butcher/Godbomb arc(s) is hands down in my top 5 favorite Marvel stories of all-time. Here we finally get to delve into the “girl-Thor” business we’ve heard so much hype about. I, for one, am really excited to see what Aaron does here. I will say that I’m a little bummed that Esad Ribic isn’t on board this title with him, but I also understand that the direction of this new Thor series is probably a little less “dark” than the last one.

 

Bucky Barnes: Winter Soldier #1
Releases: 10/1
Writer: Ales Kot
Art by: Marco Rudy

Most people will probably think that this new Winter Soldier series has something to do with his significant role in the latest Captain America flick. But those people will be seriously disappointed to discover that this journey for the character is VASTLY different from where the film left him. Here we find Bucky taking on the responsibility of protecting the earth from intergalactic threats by becoming the new “man on the wall”. What does that mean exactly? You’ll have to catch up on the Original Sin event to find out!

 

Men of Wrath #1
Releases: 10/1
Writer: Jason Aaron
Art by: Ron Garney

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I know, I know… I’m a Jason Aaron fanboy. Well, the guy does amazingly brilliant work and if you ever read Scalped, you know how awesome his creator-owned work is. Men of Wrath is the story of an Alabama hitman who’s family has been cursed for generations, but things may soon change for the better…or worse.

 

LOBO #1
Releases: 10/1
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Art by: Reilly Brown

Lobo has always been a pretty interesting character. This new “direction” of the character sees him turning out to not be who we’ve believed he was for, oh, you know, the entire time he’s existed, and instead the REAL Lobo is a handsome fella with a fit and aesthetically pleasing physique. I may be coming across a *tad* bitter-sounding here, but that’s because I’ve always been a fan of Lobo and this is certainly not anything I ever imagined seeing happen to the character. I’ll definitely pick up this first issue out of curiosity and you expect an honest and (mostly) fair review.

 

Batgirl #35
Releases: 10/8
Writers: Brenden Fletcher & Cameron Stewart
Art by: Babs Tarr

So, it’s not a #1, but it is a whole new beginning for Barbara “Batgirl” Gordon. It’s like a hipster-style take on the character and a great opportunity for DC to show that they at least have the consideration to try and build a series around relating to a younger female audience. But hey, even as a dude, I have very high hopes for the story crafting here. As long as that’s good, the book can be for whoever digs it.

 

Wytches #1
Releases: 10/08
Writer: Scott Snyder
Art by: JOCK

If you haven’t read any of Snyder’s other horror series’, like American Vampire and The Wake, you should. His newest title, Wytches, delves into a terrifying world of magic where witches are, and always have been, real. Partnered with artist JOCK’s talent for creating imagery that will make you wet your pants and not be able to sleep with the lights off, Wytches is certain to be a epic series that should not be missed.

 

Rasputin #1
Releases: 10/29
Writer: Alex Grecian
Art by: Ivan Plascencia & Riley Rossmo

Described as “Dracula meets Downton Abby”, this new series is shaping up to be a title with something for everyone. Written by New York Times Bestselling Author Alex Grecian, and with art by Drumhellar’s Riley Rossmo, Rasputin explores the myth and legend of the character in a way that has never been done before.

 

Memetic #01
Releases: Oct. 2014
Writer: James Tynion IV
Art by: Eryk Donovan

I know very little about this 3-issue limited series, so let me just present to you what publisher BOOM! Studios has to say about it: “A Meme is an idea that starts with an individual, and then spreads throughout multiple persons and potentially entire societies. Richard Dawkins suggests a meme’s success comes from its effectiveness to the host. But history shows that destructive memes can spread just as rapidly through society. MEMETIC shows the progression of a weaponized meme that leads to the utter annihilation of the human race within 72 hours. The root of this apocalypse is a single image on the internet, a “meme” in the popular sense. A meme that changes everything.”

What?! I’m sold.

 

Sleepy Hollow #1
Releases: Oct. 2014
Writer: Marguerite Bennett
Art by: Jorge Coelho

If you’re a fan of the FOX series then this may be something you want to check out. I understand that it won’t be a direct re-telling of what has been on the show, but more of an unseen stories series. I, myself, only saw a couple of episodes of Sleepy Hollow, but I’ve heard good things about it. I may check this first issue out just to see how the story and artwork shape up.

 

Is there anything here you’re excited to check out? If so, head down to your local comic shop (I hear Comic Collector Live : The Store comes highly recommended) and start a pullbox subscription so that you’re sure to score copies of whatever you want.

Is there anything we left off that people should know is coming out in October? Let us know in the comment below!

Comic Book Review: Sinestro #2

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Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Dale Eaglesham
Colorist: Jason Wright

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Summary from Comixology:
Sinestro is face-to-face with the Yellow Lanterns, the Corps he built in his own image. It’s time to find out if the Sinestro Corps is strong enough for the mission he has in mind, and if they’re not, then they won’t stand a chance against the growing threat of the Pale Vicars.

I want to start this off with a simple statement, Cullen Bunn knows how to write villains. This series is only on the second issue but its great so far, and his run on Magneto has been a great story so far. It’s a really cool time in comics because two iconic villains each have their own books and they are both good.

The Good
My favorite part of this comic was just seeing Sinestro in his natural environment, being a bad ass. As the story progresses Sinestro slowly takes back his position as leader of the group that once started. The fight scenes in this book are absolutely beautiful and the constructs created with the rings are both frightening and creative. My favorite part of the issue was when Thaal Sinestro destroys one of the yellow rings with his own mental thought. It shows just how powerful Thaal truly is.

The Bad
I really enjoyed all of this book, so finding something that I disliked was a struggle. So, instead, I’m going with something that confused me. Now, I understand that Thaal and his daughter, Soranik, have had a troubled pass (Since she is a Green Lantern and he is… not) but this part of the story was a little forced and hard to follow since daddy issues aren’t my cup of tea. I feel the story would be stronger without the involvement of his daughter. But who knows, maybe Bunn is planning some Johnathan Hickman type story where what happens in the first issues ties everything together in issue 24 or something similar.

The Final Verdict
Go buy this comic if you like villains, or just a good story. This comic really had my attention for the entire issue, I was never bored, and I didn’t feel like the issue dragged on for to long. The sicker price of $2.99 is great, the story was strong, and the art was vibrant and colorful, but yet captured the darkness of the character. In the words of Thaal Sinestro “… There will be opportunities for kingliness and hideousness in equal measure. I’m just getting started.” You did it again Cullen Bunn, this issue of Sinestro gets a 4 out of 4.

Magneto #2 Review

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Book: Magneto #2

Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Gabriel Hernandez Walta
Colorist: Jordie Bellaire

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Summary from comixology:
Horrors from Magneto’s past inform his decisions in the present as he hunts down the source of the newest threat to mutantkind. Meanwhile, S.H.I.E.L.D. catches a glimpse of Magneto’s new band of followers…

 

The first issue of Magneto I wasn’t completely sold on. I wrote a mediocre review for it, but decided not to publish the review because it’s hard to REALLY sell an entire series on the first issue. Today the second issue came out and my God, it was beautiful. I never thought I would say a story about a villain would be this beautifully well done. Everything from the drawings, to the colors, to the story was really something special.

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            The Good

 

I want to start by saying how Cullen Bunn really hit this issue out of the park. It’s been a while since I have really felt this much suspense and intensity in a single issue. The story picks up with the aftermath of the events unleashed in #1, but it also does flashbacks to Warsaw in 1942 of a young (Jewish) Magneto running through Nazi Occupied Poland and some intense moments with some Nazis. I believe that Bunn is one of the best storytellers for such a dark and tormented character such as Magneto.

 

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The story is a little violent.

The Bad

 

Now it is time for my problem with the book, and it has nothing to do with the art of the story. My problem is with censorship. Sure that doesn’t sound like a major issue, but this comic is a “Parental Advisory” title, so for that reason there should be no censorship. In MAGNETO #2, someone is executed, nails are forced into people’s skulls, and at one time someone has nails pierce his palm and proceed into his face as he shields himself. THIS IS A GRAPHIC BOOK, but at one time someone says to Magneto, “Who the @#$% are you?” and after all the violence we witnessed, the word “fuck” is what the editors decide to censor. Well, I think that is a @#$%ing joke.

 

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@#$% censorship.

 

The Verdict

 

This was easily the best book of the week. I am super excited to see where this story will continue going. I love the graphic all out war that Magneto is declaring on all who do wrong for the mutant cause. It’s neat to see a martyr for the Mutant community, and its even better that it’s my favorite villain in the Marvel Universe. Go get this book! It’s a must read for any fan of the X-Men or someone who just wants a good anti-hero book! This is a solid, and my first 4 out of 4. Seriously, you want to read this book.

 

Magneto to Get His Own Comic

For the first time since his first appearance 50 years ago, Magneto is slated to get his own comic run. Magneto will be written by Cullen Bunn and illustrated by Gabriel Hernandez Walta (Astonishing X-Men) and follows the Master of Magnetism as he seeks out and eliminates threats to mutant-kind.

This comic appears to spin off of the Uncanny X-men in which Magneto’s powers are on the fritz (and Cyclops is a bad guy). Magneto, having resigned himself to being far less powerful than he was previously, has set off alone to become judge, jury, and executioner of any threats he finds against his people.

Bunn states, “Magneto in this story is very much a detective, seeking out and investigating threats to mutants before cutting loose with all the fury of a supervillain — or superhero, depending on your point of view.” So it’s clear that Magneto will not be following Batman’s philosophy of playing nice (nice meaning deciding to horribly maim not kill) and choosing to stick closer to the Punisher’s brand of justice. “He’s standing up for his people — the mutants,” says Bunn. “He refuses to let them suffer as he has seen others suffer. But he’s taken steps to protect mutants that can only be seen as evil. His ideals are often ‘good’ while his methods are not. … He might stand by the heroes from time to time, but he’s terrifying for the average person.”

Bunn also plans on diving into the characters past by having him interact with Prof. Xavier (currently dead), and his children, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in a series of flashback.

Magneto #1 launches in March, Just in time for X-Men: Days of Futures Past.

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Source: USA Today