Magneto #15 (Marvel Comics)
From the first issue, Magneto has been one of my favorite Marvel books. An awesome look into the mind of Eric Lensherr, the Cullen Bunn and Gabriel Hernandez Walta solo title has made Magneto into a protector of Mutantkind once more, and this issue brings Magneto’s slow-burning conflict with SHIELD to a head.
After allowing himself to be captured by SHIELD agents, we learn the real reason why Magneto allowed these humans to take him into their custody: they have their own version of Cerebro. Built from stolen plans from Charles Xavier, SHIELD has used this device to take out mutant threats in the past, a fact that does not sit well with Magneto. Using his own team of cloned Marauders, Magneto lets loose and shows the SHIELD agents that he is not to be messed with, and declares that the state of Genosha is once again under his control.
Cullen Bunn was born to write this series. He’s created a really excellent tone for this book, and even made Magneto one of the few good AXIS tie-ins. Bunn’s reveal behind SHIELD’s cerebro is executed really well, and he gives Magneto a sense of righteous fury (plus plenty of badass moments too).
Gabriel Hernandez Walta’s art has definitely improved as the series has progressed. As the sole artist on the series, his style has definitely grown on me. However, he’s always had some inconsistencies, and this issue is no exception. Despite this, there’s more panels that work here than ones that don’t.
Magneto is one of my favorite Marvel characters, and I’m really happy that his solo book has been so good. It’s definitely more of a character study than an action book, but Cullen Bunn does some really captivating stuff here with the character, and it’s consistently been one of the titles that I look forward to every month. Magneto is a book that is definitely worthy of the master of Magnetism’s name, and I can’t wait to see what Bunn and Walta have in store for him.