X-Men: The Trial of Magneto #1

Writer: Leah Williams Artist: Lucas Werneck Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: August 18, 2021 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 70
8.0Critic Rating
6.8User Rating

A horrific murder. A shocking revelation. A trial that will divide the new mutant nation. Leah Williams and Valerio Schiti bring you a new epic that threatens the Reign of X and will upend the world of mutants. The truth is hidden, the danger is far from over, and the trial has begun
Rated T+

  • 10
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Aug 18, 2021

    X-Men: The Trial Of Magneto #1 is a brilliant book. There's really no other way to describe it. Williams is one of the X-Men's book's hidden weapons, and hopefully, after this is over, she gets her due; X-Factor was amazing, and this book follows in those footsteps. The ending really puts the question to what actually happened, and it's the icing on the cake of a great chapter. Werneck's art is breathtaking throughout, selling the script expertly. X-Men: The Trial Of Magneto is a tour de force. Read Full Review

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings Jan 1, 1970

    X-Men: The Trial of Magneto #1 blends raw emotion and action together for a mutant murder mystery, shaking Krakoa to its core. Those who enjoyedX-Factor will definitely want to pick this book up. Between The Trial of Magneto and the upcomingInferno, it looks like 2021 will bring trouble to the X-Men's paradise. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Aug 21, 2021

    The emotion and action on display in this first issue really raise the stakes for this event. This issue has the first big Magneto vs. X-Men fight in a long time, and it felt really cool to see everyone, especially the creative team, go all out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Christopher Rondeau Aug 22, 2021

    X-Men: The Trial of Magneto #1 explores many types of grief as we explore the consequence of the Scarlet Witch's death. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Aug 18, 2021

    Despite my disappointment in X-FACTOR and hesitance towards this event, X-MEN: THE TRIAL OF MAGNETO was engaging, explosive, and truly feels like an event. I left this first issue wanting more and cant wait to see whats revealed in this murder mystery next. I highly recommend X-MEN fans to give this event a look. Even those unfamiliar with the current ongoing titles can still hop right in with only the prior knowledge that someone killed the Scarlet Witch. Therefore, I could argue Williams set this story up for everyone. Let me know what you think, have a great week, and God Bless! Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Aug 18, 2021

    X-Men: The Trial of Magneto #1 has the melodrama, action, questionable morality, and high stakes emotions that are what make X-Men comics so great. Leah Williams, Lucas Werneck, Edgar Delgado, and Clayton Cowles craft a comic worthy of a white cape wearing anti-hero grieving his daughter (and being a little bit dodgy), who is almost beaten to death by his son. Oedipus (Re)X sans the incest bit and with more metallic manipulation. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Watch - Sasha Kaplan Aug 18, 2021

    It's also worth mentioning that the father/child dynamic between Magneto and Wanda also demonstrates a lack of forethought abut the characters and their relationship, as though Williams is going to unnecessarily extreme lengths to make Magneto the bad guy. It's a harsh implication to portray Magneto as the worst father ever and feels downright harsh, tarnishing an otherwise intriguing narrative. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Aug 21, 2021

    The Trial Of Magneto #1 was a fantastic start to what is already shaping up to be one of the best stories in the Krakoa Era for the X-Men. Leah Williams and Lucas Wereck treated the death of Wanda Maximoff and what it means for the Marvel Universe with the care it deserves. How they use this story to delve deeper into where Magneto, Polaris, and other characters are at was all expertly done. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AIPT - Lia Kolb Aug 18, 2021

    The emotional highs of this book hit right where they need to, particularly where Erik is involved. And while it's clear that this story is a lot more complicated than it seems on the surface, the unraveling of this mystery is quite intriguing. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Gregory Ellner Aug 23, 2021

    While this story may be difficult to comprehend for those not up to date on X-Men comics, it still proves to be an interesting investigation. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Ryan.L Aug 18, 2021

    Overall, the Trial of Magneto starts off a little rocky. There is potential here but the obvious red herring of the trial works against the book. Also, it just feels like its missing something and it's too fast of a pace that it fails to capture any of the magic that writer Leah Williams injected into X-Factor. Those that are in dire need to know what happened to Scarlet Witch will find something to enjoy here. Others though could probably just wait for the synopsis of what happened after the event is over unless in the next few issues the book changes course and delivers something truly engaging. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Aug 31, 2021

    More than anything, the first issue of X-Men: The Trial of Magneto feels like Marvel's attempt to turn Magneto back into a villain and, in doing so, split the mutant community into warring camps… again. Even if Magneto is eventually vindicated, both the accusation and the refusal to bring Wanda back (but is she dead?) are likely to be enough to create the schism Marvel is not-so-subtly forcing into existence. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    ComicBook.com - Jamie Lovett Aug 18, 2021

    The series has potential as the ending hints at something far more significant than Magneto's tantrums happening, but this opening chapter can't seem to settle on a consistently compelling tone. Read Full Review

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