Magneto heads to Hong Kong to kill some people that have been killing some mutants. I figured that by 7 issues in, I'd be sick to death of the idea of Magneto righting the wrongs of mutantkind, but strangely enough, I'm not. Watching Magneto defend mutant rights and brutally attack people hurting mutants never seems to get old.
Unlike most of the series, this issue is a bit toned down when it comes to violence and brutality as Magneto works his way through an operation in Hong Kong that is having mutants fight a Predator X. Don't worry, there's still some great fight scenes in here, but the majority of this issue is about the hunt and not the score.
From the looks of the last issue, it seemed the book was building towards something, but from the events of this issue, MAGNETO reads more like MOON KNIGHT where each issue is pretty much self-contained. While there is a bit of disappointment from this revelation, the series does work well like this. It's a bit different, but a nice break from long-form storytelling.
The drive for this book is the narration. Cullen Bunn does a phenomenal job at getting into the head of Magneto and spilling it onto the page, in the form of the inner-dialogue. It's brooding and angry and everything you'd want from a book about one of Marvel's most infamous villains. There is very little actual dialogue and conversation in this issue, compared to most of the other books you come across and because Magneto is alone so much, there has to be something to keep everything together, otherwise every issue would be mostly silent, and that's why Bunn's writing of the narration is so pivotal here.
Artistically, this book is a bit troublesome. There are not only two different artists on this book but also two different colorists. Colors make all the difference and here, it is apparent. Both Dan Brown and Jordie Bellaire do color work on this book and Bellaire's work is a bit more flat and fits the violence and brutality this book has in store, but Brown's colors are a bit darker and have smoother shading. They do not work together in the same book. It's an awkward transition, like hitting a brick wall going 90 miles per hour.
MAGNETO is a book you can't put down. It's exciting and an adventure you know you shouldn't be seeing, but you can't look away. This issue tones down the violence and brutality a bit, but it's still an incredibly engaging read. The biggest problem, overall, is the jumpiness of the art. There's two different artists and two different colorists and they do not mesh well together at all. However, overall this is a fantastic series and anyone who has ever been a fan of Magento should be reading this.