What did you think?
So did anyone pick up X-men: Magneto testament?
"Really? May I ask why?"
It was too heavy for my liking, but that is just me. However, I thought that it was a well written issue and the history with which it dealt with was addressed in an aprropriate fashion. The art was not to my favour either.
I liked it a lot, it was a very easy read for me. I liked how the javelin throw was left up to the reader to decide whether or not it was a manifestation of his mutant power. It was very humanizing for Magneto and helped me to be able to relate with him a lot better. I can't wait for the next issue. I also liked the House of M Civil War, I thought it was a fair depiction of Mags, a lot truer than Uncanny #500.
"O.K., that's cool.Well art isn't that great in the X-universe at the momment, however after a re-read I'd give the issue a 7.5/10.
I know a lot of people are having a hard time with the art. For me, for the most part, I'm o.k. with it. I just think they need to differentiate Max and Magda. They look like twins."
Well now that folks have had their say, I'll jump in.
Obviously as a fangirl of the character I'm biased, but I loved it! This is exactly the story I have been waiting for for years. This is the review I put up on my site:
"After picking up my comics at lunchtime, I had to step away for a few hours to allow my unbridled fangirl *squee* to die down.
As a history major and a fan of this character, the idea of a comic that took a historically realistic approach to Magneto's childhood has been incredibly tantalizing. It's actually been rather difficult keeping my excitement in check in order not to build up unrealistic expectations. But I am pleased to say that Magneto Testament fulfills them all.
This is very much a story of a young boy in the middle of politically turbulent times, only bits and pieces of the entirety of what is happening filtering through his childhood perceptions until they smash through him utterly. The characterizations are good. These are not stalwart heroes facing a behemouth, they are imperfect good people struggling to find a way in a world changing too rapidly, too radically, for them. (And Mr. Pak does remember that Magneto had an older sister. Props!) The dialog is solid.
The story telling is interesting. As a solitary child (and by his own accounts Magneto was) much of the story is told in the visual. This is part of what creates the childhood POV of the story (in fact it rather reminds me of the opening chapter of "Portait of the Artist As a Young Man" in how much it relied on the visual to create that feeling), but it sometimes it makes the pacing feel a tad uneven.
But that was something I had to go looking for. I had to make myself look for something wrong, and that was all I found. This is a very well-told emotional rollercoaster that creates a satisfying, if extremely unpleasant, climax in the final pages.
This was great stuff! Well done, sirs! Well done!"
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