Writer – Cullen Bunn // Artist – Gabriel Hernandez Walta
Following on from Uncanny X-Men #16, Magneto #1 follows Erik as he once again goes his separate way leaving behind Cyclops' reformed school for the gifted.
Mutants are being experimented on and murdered; Erik’s mind has snapped. He cannot and will not sit by idly while these crimes continue. He will do all in his power to stop these nightmares from occurring as shown in one of the very first pages of the book; the ghastly drawing shows what savagery Erik has turned to. The image is one of a Doctor Eli Hatcher on his knees in the street with half a dozen poles impaled in his head. This man presumably committed crimes against Mutants, we as the reader only know him through Erik’s mind. Is he really guilty and does Erik have a right to take his life?
Artist Gabriel Hernandez Walta and colourist Jordie Bellaire furnish the story with a stripped back aesthetic. It’s a style that shies away from the usual heroics of comics and brings forth a grimier look; it works wonderfully with the content inside.
Even if you don’t like the usual mutant books on offer it’s still worthwhile checking out Magneto #1 due to its uniqueness.
Writer – Ed Brubaker // //Artist – Steve Epting
Velvet’s previous mission was a bust, she made a mistake and she trusted Maria the woman that she freed. Failure begets opportunity; luckily Maria has another lead that she breathes with her dying words. Velvet regrets nothing as she is quick to move forward and already has her next action planned.
This chapter primarily takes place at the Carnival of Fools, the apparent perfect place for fellow spies to be. Her new target goes by the name of Roman, an ex-KGB agent who's turned rogue. It does not take her long to find him as he is a man from her past, what follows is a quick paced action scene as a third party tries to intervene. Brubaker maintains his ability to choreograph an intense fight within the pages of this chapter. He also allows Velvet and the supporting cast to have a breather and let their personalities develop as we learn more about their past.
Elizabeth Breitweiser dazzles with her colouristic talents yet again. The fresh greens encapsulating Velvet and Burke as they part ways, the brash reds of the casino brawl signifying the danger of the moment and the harmonious purples of the closing scene.
Breitweiser provides the colour but Steve Epting provides the framework that she works within. Fine detail can be found in all panels and while Brubaker may choreograph the action, it’s Epting that visualises and brings the scenes to fruition.
If you don’t have Velvet on your pull list you need to start thinking really hard as to why in the world you don’t!!!
Writer – Jason Latour // //Artist – Mahmud Asrar
This new volume written by Jason Latour intends to ramp up the drama seen on the campus of The Jean Grey School. I have not read his work on A+X or The Winter Soldier but Marvel has deemed him worthy of piloting an ongoing series. After this first chapter I feel quite confident they have made the right decision.
We have a quick glimpse of the future and then the remainder of the chapter focuses on 3 separate characters in parallel stories. Quentin Quire is brooding about his destiny, Wolverine is off planet brawling and Lin “Nature Girl” Li is embracing her new school. Themes of destiny, responsibility and new beginnings swirl around the characters.
Mahmud Asrar presents some serviceable artwork, very detailed characters but minimalist backgrounds. He does a very good job of articulating emotion through facial details and his style melds with Israel Silva’s colours perfectly. I’d love to see this team stick together and for Asrar to develop a more unique style.
The best thing about this new volume of Wolverine and the X-Men is that it introduces everyone’s favourite thief (NOT GAMBIT) Fantomex into the cast.
Captain America #18
Iron Man #22
Moon Knight #1
Uncanny X-Men #18
Wolverine And The X-Men #1
Forever Evil #6
Forever Evil Arkham War #6
Green Lantern #29
Swamp Thing #29
Jupiter's Legacy #4