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Magneto #1 (of 4)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 11 critic ratings.


MAGNETO burst onto the scene as the most diabolical of “Evil Mutants”!

But when PROFESSOR XAVIER must leave the planet for life-saving treatment, Magneto inherits a new title: TEACHER!

With the NEW MUTANTS under his tutelage, how will these young and powerful mutants learn to take orders from…a super villain?!

And one who tried to KILL them and their predecessors?!

There are two sides to every story, and J.M. DeMatteis and Todd Nauck weave a tale that will show how Magneto Was Right…from a certain point of view.

In fact, one mutant, known as IRAE, in her FIRST EVER APPEARANCE, has taken Magneto’s lessons to heart in a way that will upend even the Master of Magnetism’s best strategies!

Get ready for an all-new saga set during Magneto’s tenure as Headmaster of the NEW MUTANTS, and learn how the once die-hard villain emerged as a conflicted figure in the saga of the X-MEN!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
31 pages
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11 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100


    Many flashback issues suffer from a lack of purpose, but Magneto embraces the opportunity to delve deep into a well-planned premise. It’s hard to get Magneto wrong, but jumping back into his Headmaster era was a brilliant decision. Anyone who loves Magneto, the New Mutants, or both will adore this issue. It is absolutely worth picking up.

  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    Magneto #1 is a wonderful return to some unexplored moments in Marvel’s history. Magneto has been an ally of the X-Men for years now, and it is commonplace for his past activities to be brought up and scrutinized. But what I love about this iteration is that DeMatteis looks at what might be the first instance of when he is having to train and raise heroes whilst facing questions about his old self. It rewrites his intentions in comics where he is most dangerous, installing a constant admiration for the X-Men and other mutants. All of this is visually presented by a magnificent art team, who seemed to have enormous fun revisiting this time period, getting to play in a sandpit of classic heroes and villains.

  • 100

    First Comics News

    Magneto has always been one of the most fascinating X-Men villains, but remember when he renounced his villainous ways and became the headmaster of The New Mutants ?! Well, this new miniseries, by the stellar team of J.M. DeMatteis and Todd Nauck gives the readers a compelling character study of one of Marvel’s most ending mutants. DeMatteis does wonders when it comes to getting inside Magneto’s head and looking at things from his point of view as we get to see him try to justify his actions when it comes to his methods of saving mutant kind. Todd Nauck does another superb job on the art as he can truly balance emotions in the characters that he draws but he never goes for the more cartoony aspects. If you’re a fan of the 80s X-Men then this series is for you….even if the references seem outdated for some who never grew up in that particular era.

  • 85

    Multiversity Comics

    The one problem with the issue is that it does seem to require a certain degree of prior X knowledge. “Magneto” #1 doesn’t necessarily give you a strong understanding of things like Asteroid M or why Magneto teaches the new mutants. Sure, if you’ve been following the story, it fills in some gaps, but if you don’t have this information, it all hits you fast. Similarly, it’s hard to tell if the ending is a twist or an exploration of an already pre-established idea. It’s not terrible for comics to explore preestablished canon, but it can sometimes be alienating as a person who hasn’t followed these series for long. Sure, it’s interesting for a reformed villain to face part of a legacy they’d instead leave behind, but with so much exploration of preestablished stories, it left me a little confused. Still, the story was intriguing enough to give the second issue a shot.

    While “Magneto” #1 does reward a pre-established knowledge of mutant lore, intriguing art, and solid narration make this a rewarding first issue.

  • 84

    Graphic Policy

    Magneto #1 continues to try to answer the age-old question: how could Magneto be both hero or terrorist? Featuring retro art from Todd Nauck and a psychologically savvy script from JM DeMatteis, this tale set in the 1980s features Magneto caught between being the teacher of the New Mutants and the leader of a new iteration of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Magneto #1 takes its time to explore pivotal moments from Erik Lehnsherr’s going deep into his motivations, and how the big attack in X-Men #1 was just him playing role and basically trying to get the X-Men over as heroes. DeMatteis and Nauck also don’t shy away from portraying Magneto in a negative light like a scene where he freaks out at Wolfsbane and almost hurts her with his magnetic abilities. The comic strikes the perfect balance between nostalgia and character study and has some big action scenes to boot like a Danger Room showdown between the New Mutants and Brotherhood.

  • 80

    Magneto #1’s very existence came off, admittedly, as jarring given what just happened to the X-Men at this year’s Hellfire Gala. But this new miniseries from J.M. DeMatteis is neither a reboot nor fallout from current X-Men comics. Instead, it’s a trip back to when Magneto was the headmaster of the New Mutants while Professor Xavier was off-world, though its intentions are clearly to analyze major moments in Magneto’s life from his perspective and how he has bounced back and forth between hero and villain over the years. Recounting Magneto’s debut fight against the X-Men may come off as rewriting history at first but it genuinely fits in with Erik’s longstanding motives about saving mutants in an unforgiving world and how his actions often run counter to his upbringing as a Holocaust survivor. All of the mid-80s X-Men references might not click if you weren’t reading back then, but this is a must-read for fans of the titular character.

  • 80

    Un Cómic Más

    Interesting story never told in the past that explains Magneto’s vision.

    It is highly detailed and captures the tone and designs of the 1980s and 1990s comics with a fresh yet classic twist.

  • 76

    Comic Watch

    A brilliant in-depth and human/mutant look at Magneto, the person behind the helmet and how his views and his past continues to shape the present and the future. An amazing first issue that has us excited for more.

  • 70

    Major Spoilers

    The decision to release this retro story as the Krakoa era shatters around our ears is a little bit odd, and Nauck’s adult Magnus isn’t quite as perfect as his New Mutants, but overall, Magneto #1 gets a lot of things very right, working the old “untold tales” schtick with some new twists. I don’t know who demanded more of Magneto leading the New Mutants, but the debut (and design) of new villain Irae makes me happy they did.

  • 60

    The Comic Book Spot

    Better than average but these X-Men related series have a tendency to start strong and fall off. As long as they continue to keep the spirit of Magneto like in this issue, they should ok.

  • 50


    Despite my love for Magneto, I’m not a big X-Men fan as I find the rabbit hole of its niche subverse of the Marvel Universe an interesting place to visit from time to time but far too cluttered with characters I care nothing about. Speaking of those characters, here are the New Mutants who take up (in my opinion) way too much time for a comic book titled Magneto. I’m also not a fan of attempting to shave down such a rich and complex history of a character for the sole purpose to make him fit better in current continuity. Oh well, Marvel will no doubt give him a brand new title in the next 8-12 months.

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