Comic Book: Magneto

Still the Master of Magnetism

"I have been known by many names. Max Eisenhardt. Erik Lensherr. Magnus. Magneto. Each name marks its own sin, and one day I will answer for those offenses. But not today. Only my actions...what I do in the name of all mutants...hold any real meaning."

Once the deadliest, most feared mutant mastermind on the planet, MAGNETO is no longer the man he once was. After falling in with Cyclops and the X-Men, Erik Lehnsherr became just one more pawn in another man’s war. But now, determined to fight the war for mutantkind’s survival on his own terms, Magneto sets out to regain what he’s lost…and show the world exactly why it should tremble at the sound of his name. Magneto will safeguard the future of the mutant race by hunting down each and every threat that would see his kind extinguished—and bloody his hands that they may never be a threat again.

Launched in March 2014, the Magneto solo-series follows after the events of Uncanny X-Men #16 and picks up after a Time Skip, where Magneto is one of SHIELD's most wanted and doing what he can to protect the mutant race by crossing lines others won't.

This page is about Magneto's 2014 solo-series, not a single character page.

2014 series provides examples of:

  • Anti-Hero: Magneto has no qualms about maiming, torturing, or killing anyone if he believes it will in some way keep innocent mutants safe.
  • Badass Long Coat: Magneto sports a black trenchcoat when he needs to hide his suit.
  • Big Bad: Red Skull turns out to behind most of the anti-mutant operations in the first 12 issues, as part of the AXIS event.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: Compared to most other X-Men comics. Magneto is shown graphically murdering others with various metal implements in nearly every issue.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Because he can't go toe-to-toe with most others due to his broken powers, he straight up ambushes and kills without fanfare.
  • Fantastic Drug: Mutant Growth Hormone. Magento takes it himself, but he had it made using his own blood.
  • Final Solution: Red Skull's plans for mutants. He's also extended it to Inhumans as well.
  • Foregone Conclusion / Doomed by Canon: The Last Days tie-in focuses on Magneto trying to destroy the Ultimate Marvel Earth before it can collide with Earth-616. Anyone who has read the first issue of Secret Wars (2015) knows this is futile, since the two worlds end up colliding anyway.
  • Freudian Excuse: The S-Men, Minzee in particular, lost their homes and family due to Magneto or mutant actions.
  • Heel-Face Brainwashing: Magneto does this to a bunch of clones of the Marauders.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Magneto kills a man by tearing out his fillings and "replacing" them with street signs.
    • Used rusty nails to deal with a bunch of armed men. No one got out with a few all over.
  • It's Personal: Minzee lost his family due to the Acolytes attacking him while being led by Magneto years ago. When they meet again he wants blood.
  • Never Hurt an Innocent: Averted. We get a look into a past incident during one of Magneto's rampages, and meet with a victim who decides to work with Magneto so that this trope goes into effect.
  • No Body Left Behind: Magneto's body turns to ashes as his power overloads in the final issue.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Samuel just gave Magneto soup while under an alias because he seemed down on his luck. The SHIELD agents have the authorities kick the people there off the land and are trying to bring him in for questioning when he clearly doesn't know a thing.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: Magneto doesn't play around. No second chances, no warnings, nothing.
  • Paint It Black: Magneto has switched from his White costume to a Black one to mark his change in mindset.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Red Skull, the S-Men, the Purifiers...
  • Power Incontinence: When Magneto was doused with the Phoenix Force's Flame he had his power altered and fluctuated. He gets aroud this by using MGH made of his own genetic material.
    • Amy, the mutant who Magneto met during Axis in Red Skull's camp, had her powers fall out of her control and made Hitzig who haunted Magneto's mind real. To stop it, he had to put her down.
  • Shaggy Dog Story: All Magneto's efforts were for nothing, as he realized in the end.
  • Unwilling Roboticisation: A vagrant is made into a cheap knock-off of an Omega Sentinel and forced to kill mutants. He's put down by Magneto.
  • Villainous Rescue: When the combined forces of the X-Men and the Avengers are falling before a gang of hero-hunting Sentinels, Magneto puts together a team of A-list villains (and the Hobgoblin) to fly to the rescue. And it is glorious.