inferiorego's X-Men: Prelude to Schism #2 - Part 2 review

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The second part of Prelude to Schism goes over Magneto's history as well as his first meeting with the X-Men. Cyclops and Magneto have some heart-to-heart moments.

The Good

Like the first issue, issue number 2 involves Magneto and Cyclops (instead of Xavier and Cyclops in issue one), and we get a brief introduction to the life of Magneto. We get to see brief moments of Magneto growing up during the rise of the Nazi regime. You start to feel real sympathetic for this character, even though, at times, he's been a real homicidal nutball. There's also an updated take on Magento's first battle with the X-Men. The thing I liked most about it was the muted colors during the flashback scenes. I know it is a bit cliche to use sepia tones/black and white/muted colors for scenes like this, but gosh darnit, I thought it worked real well!

The Bad

While I enjoyed the story, the entire time I just wanted to read Greg Pak's X-Men: Magneto Testament. Don't get me wrong, Paul Jenkins was great on this book, but Greg Pak's book about Magneto's childhood (and only his childhood, it didn't get into his teenage or adult years) is the end-all, be-all story for Magneto's life during the Nazi Regime. I also felt like the format for this issue was exactly the same as the last issue. It feels like I'm reading the first issue completely over again, but replace Xavier with Magneto.

The Verdict

While, overall, I really enjoyed this issue, it felt a little to familiar to me because it was so much like this first issue. It's a lot of flashbacks about Magneto's history and his first meeting with the X-Men, which was pretty cool. The art never really wowed me in this issue, but the writing was very solid. If you're interesting in the upcoming Schism storyline, this will be a great issue to pick up. If you don't care, pass on it. Simple as that.

Posted by MuadDiab

and all the cover join up I'm guessing. Do we know who the next featured character's are gonna be? Cyclops and Wolverine I'll wildly guess, based on nothing at all

Posted by doordoor123

ANOTHER one of these issues? I dont see the importance of these issues. Is the entire event a bunch of flashbacks? It would make sense because thats the only kind of event X-men havent already rehashed.

Posted by Edgeworth_11

The dialogue and building of suspence got me hooked and I am so looking foward to the next issue.

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    A Tale by Magneto 0

    Though it´s nice seeing how two of the most important people in Scott Summers´ life - two of the people who most influenced him, both for good and bad - play similar roles in this moment of crisis, I don´t think the choice of the narrative structure (telling the same story. but with different angles) and I didn´t like how Marvel released this miniseries: I don´t want to see stuff from the past, as much as it´s awesome seeing Magneto facing for the first time the X-Men or how his family suffered ...

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