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Off My Mind: Can Villains Turn Good? Magneto Edition
by Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero on
Magneto is bringing Kitty back. What are his true intentions?
Currently we see Magneto back with the X-Men. He claims he wants to work with them in preserving the lives of the remaining mutants. With Magneto, you can never be too sure. He has already roused suspicion when he went behind the current X-Men leader Cyclops' back. Utopia, the sanctuary for mutants built on Magneto's former Asteroid M, was on the verge of sinking. Magneto took it upon himself to work with the Atlanteans to construct a pillar that would support Utopia and also provide a home to the Atlanteans. Sounds like a nice gesture but is it really part of a bigger scheme?
With Magneto, you can't help but be suspicious. Did he work with the Atlanteans without anyone's knowledge to make himself look better? Why would he make this plan without consulting the leader of the X-Men? In this week's Uncanny X-Men #522, we will see the results of yet another secret plan. In Uncanny X-Men #521, Magneto decided to bring back Kitty Pryde. Kitty has been trapped in space since 2008's Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men. Again, you have to ask, is he trying to do a noble thing or is this just another part in his power play to get control of the X-Men?
By safely bringing back Kitty Pryde, Magneto will have done something that the rest of the X-Men could not do. Provided that bringing the ghost bullet back towards Earth doesn't destroy everything, Magneto will be a hero among the mutants. With Magneto's plan of working with the Atlanteans and this current one to bring back Kitty, Scott appears agitated. Scott's a great leader and often sees the bigger picture. He just doesn't always express himself as well as he should. Rather than thank Magneto for saving Utopia or for bringing back Kitty, he goes straight into panic mode. His ability to see how things could potentially go bad could be perceived in a negative way. Some might even wonder if he is perhaps a tad envious of Magneto's ability. Could Cyclops be jealous of Magneto and is feeling threatened as leader?
== TEASER ==
As you may know, Magneto was actually the leader of the X-Men and New Mutants way back in 1985's Uncanny X-Men #200. When Professor X was on the verge of dying (again), he gave his mutants over to his former friend and enemy. Magneto had been on trial but even Professor X saw some good in Magnus. While performing as headmaster of the Xavier Institute, he became a member of the Hellfire Club. He used his position as the White King to oust Sebastian Shaw from control. It turned out Magneto was trying to raise an army in what he perceived as the upcoming war between humans and mutants. To make things worse, after this, he allied himself with Doctor Doom, the Red Skull, Wizard and the Mandarin in the Acts Of Vengeance scheme of the villains.
Magneto rarely explains his true motives. Even though he claims he is always trying to save the fate of the mutants, does this excuse his actions? While I am happy to see the return of Kitty, I can't help but be suspicious. It will be interesting to see how this act affects the way others see him. Will bringing back Kitty have a happy ending? What will happen to the bullet that is now heading towards Earth again? Is Magneto going to try to take control of the X-Men away from Scott? Uncanny X-Men #522 is on sale this week. Perhaps we'll get some of the answers to these questions.