Magneto #1
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Magneto #1

Writer: Cullen Bunn Artist: Gabriel Hernandez Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: March 5, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 29 User Reviews: 16
8.1Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

Once the deadliest, most feared mutant mastermind on the planet, MAGNETO is no longer the man he once was. After falling in with Cyclops and the X-Men, Erik Lehnsherr became just one more pawn in another man's war. But now, determined to fight the war for mutantkind's survival on his own terms, Magneto sets out to regain what he's lost...and show the world exactly why it should tremble at the sound of his name. Magneto will safeguard the future of the mutant race by hunting down each and every threat that would see his kind extinguished-and bloody his hands that they may never be a threat again.

  • 10
    Newsarama - George Marston Mar 3, 2014

    As first issues go, Bunn and Walta's Magneto is a knock out. Magneto has been depicted in many ways, often suiting whatever storyline he's a part of, and this issue starts the journey of reconciling the many facets of his personality. Magneto says at one point, "Unless I'm wearing the helmet, I'm rarely recognized," and in a way, that seems to be the issue at stake with Bunn's characterization. An emphasis is placed on depicting a Magneto who is aware of what he means as a symbol, who has purposefully worn many masks to accomplish his ends, and who, deep down, knows who he really is, and is coming to grips with that. It's a lot to say in a single issue, but Bunn and Walta have set the stage for a defining character piece with the Master of Magnetism. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Refueled - vashmcdash Mar 5, 2014

    Another wonderful start to another solo series done right. This creative team seems to be headed in a good direction with the story and I can't wait to see what happens next! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Mar 4, 2014

    The majority of the time, when a member of the X-Men gets their own solo book, it lacks purpose and direction. It feels like a cash grab, waiting to fizzle out into cancellation. MAGNETO is a book with a purpose and it feels right. This first issue really sticks with the reader because of the tone and it blew me away. This book has a very talented writing and art team behind it. This first issue really grabs you, and while there are a few small problems, like what's going on with Mangeto's powers and it being tough to swallow that Magneto is a bit of a Punisher archetype, the overall book is still fantastic. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Hero Nuggets - Kelsey 'The Editor' Rasmussen Mar 5, 2014

    Whether you're New to Geek, or if you've avidly followed Magneto's story, I recommend picking up Magento #1. This is a good jumping on point for those who want to get into comic books, but don't know where to begin. Fret not, dear reader! Pick up this issue and read along with me. We'll figure it out TOGETHER! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - John Ernenputsch Mar 5, 2014

    Overall, the debut issue of Magnetowas everything I wanted it to be and more. I may have been expecting the basic concept, but the execution by Bunn, Walta, and Bellaire help set it apart from your average superhero book. A street level look at one of the last characters you'd expect to see in this light, combined with the complexity that has made Magneto so intriguing makes for a great first issue, and hopefully the beginning of a title unlike any of the other x-titles currently being published. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    We The Nerdy - Derek A. Adams Mar 12, 2014

    I was so excited for this book and so happy when it was over. It's a real good read and puts Magneto in a story that only he can be the center of. It is apparent that this book is going to be heavy. Already in the first issue, we see Magneto face a situation that would make any other person question their beliefs and affect them on multiple levels. But Magneto is no regular man, he will never surrender or compromise his ideals. I'm so glad this book exists. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Noah Sharma Mar 6, 2014

    This story acknowledges the many roles Magneto has played over the years and the cultural power that he's accrued without ever feeling a slave to them and with absolute certainty in the direction it's taking him. Few comics can get by as much on tone as this one does, but from the narration to the art to the colors, this one will take your breath. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Mar 3, 2014

    With so many of the X-Men titles being about intergalactic or world-ending situations, it’s nice to see a street level story for once. Especially when it kicks as much ass as this one did. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Mar 5, 2014

    We haven't really been treated to a comic book version of Magneto that bared any serious resemblance to the newer silver screen incarnation of the character, but thanks to Bunn and Walta, the semi-street level Magneto is here, and I say the Marvel U is better for it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Timothy Merritt Mar 6, 2014

    Magneto #1 is a book not to be missed. No, this isn't the larger-than-life Magneto from years past with cloak and helmet and asteroid. He doesn't have legions of mutants at his disposal or an industrialized agenda. And that's a good thing. Despite decries to the contrary, taking characters in new directions can be a positive thing when it's done right, and with this creative team, this book has a great chance at breathing new catharsis into Magneto. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Mar 5, 2014

    I'm excited to see where this series goes. It's the Magneto book all the X fans needed and deserved. The moment I finished this, I wanted issue two right away. I've been very picky with the large amount of All New Marvel Now books (because there are so many) but Magneto is one that I will most definitely be coming back to. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Booked - Scorpio Moon Mar 6, 2014

    This comic does so many things right. It's aware of Magneto's history. It sets up its own concepts to reference. It applies "realistic" nuances to actions like flying, showing them to be harder than always depicted. It doesn't rely too heavily on the past either. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Mar 7, 2014

    I was a bit surprised at how much I liked this issue, and how easy it was to get inside the head of a guy that I still think of as ‘crazy mutant bad guy with killer look.' Magneto obliquely references all the barnacles of his back story without forcing me to accept them all, without trying to retcon away things that may or may not work in modern storytelling, but makes me appreciate what the character is: The sum of decades of adventures, in and out of universe. Though occasionally unsteady, the art is never less than good, and the characterization works within a bigger story, one which seems interesting. In short, Magneto #1 is an impressive launch for a book that I wasn't sure needed to exist, making me want to read more, earning 4 out of 5 stars overall. If next issue is this good, I'll be adding Magneto to my pull list, something I *never* thought I'd ever say… Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson Mar 6, 2014

    Overall, Magneto manages to separate itself from the pack with a gritty, brutal and uncharacteristically dark take on the Master of Magnetism, and has managed to attach itself firmly to my pull list for the foreseeable future. Well worth a look, folks. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Tyler Goulet Mar 6, 2014

    While Magneto the book and Magneto the character might not be for everybody in theory, this book is worth a shot and far exceeded expectations from when it was first announced. If you enjoyed the First Class Magneto, pick this up. If you enjoyed the Bendis stuff in Uncanny X-Men, pick this up. Hell, if you enjoyed Gandalf as Magneto you need to pick this up. Its dark, its brutal, its awesome and its clear were in for one hell of a ride. Cullen Bunn hasnt steered us wrong yet, check this out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III Mar 6, 2014

    I was unsure about what a Magneto ongoing would be about or look like when it was announced but upon reading number one and seeing just how far it was willing to go while presenting it's story, I am more than interested to see just where else Erik is headed and just how far he is willing to go in his pursuit of justice. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Mar 12, 2014

    I'll admit I'd have preferred the character to stay with Cyclops rather than becoming the vagabond vigilante we see here. However, it's certainly an intriguing set-up and offers a variety of stories to be told in the coming months. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Mar 5, 2014

    Walta's art may be a turnoff for some readers. It's definitely not very superhero-y, which is a big part of the appeal right there. Walta paints a very subdued vision of the Marvel U, far from the tone set by books like All-New X-Men. And while his figure work can be a little flat at times, Walta's unique style meshes well with this grim, world-weary version of Magneto. Even his modified costume is a vast improvement over the one we've seen for the past year. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AIPT - Sam Roche Mar 5, 2014

    Not if you don't question it. At face value this issue is very good and has some neat qualities to it, but if you try to understand Magneto's motives or some of the moral values, the plot begins to crumble. Still, pick it up if you like the character and want to see his own personal adventures. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Sean Ian Mills Mar 7, 2014

    Magneto #1 is probably exactly what some people were hoping for when the series was announced. Personally, I was hoping for a bit more of Magneto's characterization from the pages of Uncanny X-Men. But I can't argue with Bunn's take on the former villain as a dark, enigmatic anti-hero on a personal mission of badassery. With solid, moody art by Walta, this new Magneto series seems primed to deliver a truly enthralling take on one of comic's most complex characters. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - ToriBee Mar 6, 2014

    Often a solo title focuses on someone a little more ‘heroic’ and it’s nice to see a series that’s less so, though I imagine overtime as we spend more time with Erik, we’ll warm up to his line of thinking and start seeing him as less cruel and more just. After all, throughout all these years there’s one thing that has never changed about Magneto, he’s always been pragmatic. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Mar 7, 2014

    The story strongly focus on Magneto's thoughts, but none of them really serves as a motivation. Magneto tells us what his fear, his reason at this particular place is, but none of them really let us known why he's own his own in the greater picture. Overall, this is a pretty solid series, but I'm just not a very big fan of it. It's worth to check it out if you want. Who knows, maybe you will like it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Following The Nerd - Christopher Williams Mar 6, 2014

    Overall this tale is just getting started and I feel confident with Bunn at the writers helm that we will get an epic story worthy of the mutant called Magneto. I just wish that Marvel had gone a different way with the art. If it weren't for the art this book would've scored much higher. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Mar 8, 2014

    But again, a comic about a badass anti-hero Magneto does sound pretty entertaining. I just hope Bunn has a lot more in mind for the main character's motivations and actions. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Mar 8, 2014

    Magneto is a good opening issue. It merges the ideals that the lead character holds along with his questionable decision making. The comic frames out his mindset and gives off some complex ideas to try to pin the character down to. This seems more like a man that's lost kind of story than a super-hero/super-villain story. This is a good opening issue to check out. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Mar 5, 2014

    The issue holds true to what has historically made the character so interesting; despite his villainous ways, he sees himself as a champion to his cause. "Magneto" #1 isn't any kind of definitive take on the character, nor is it among the best Magneto stories, but it is a strong introduction with a solid premise, and it's enough to pull readers back. Read Full Review

  • 6.9
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski Mar 7, 2014

    One issue in, "Magneto" looks to be a comic that is going to rely on the strength of the character work and an appreciation for subtle art if it's going to gain a readership. Cullen Bunn gets the character right, and it's one of the most satisfying interpretations of the character in years. Walta delivers the dark menace that we've been missing for a while. But "Magento" is not an iconic-feeling comic, and appears to be slow-playing its way along at this point. It's one to keep tabs on, but not necessarily essential. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Mar 7, 2014

    Magneto #1 isn't perfect – far from it. It suffers problems in both the character and story department, but they aren't unbearable and can be fixed. The story showed some real potential for the future and I'll have to wait for the next issue to determine whether or not I'll be continuing on with this series, if #2 is like #1 I will not be. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Herotaku - Jamal Melancon Mar 6, 2014

    Writer Cullen Bunn and artsit Gabriel Hernandez Walta are able to deliver the right vibe in Magneto #1, offering some great suspense and action along the way, but when it comes to the entire package of the issue, not a lot of new content is presented, even if the premise still has so much potential. Read Full Review

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