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Comic Book / Magneto: Testament

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Magneto: Testament is a 2008 storyline from Marvel Comics, focusing on Magneto's origin story, from his days as a young Jewish boy in Germany to his time as a prisoner of Auschwitz during The Holocaust.

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  • The '40s: A chunk of the story happens in this decade, especially Magneto losing his family in occupied Poland during the Holocaust.
  • Adult Fear: The Holocaust, obviously. For Jacob and his wife, to be executed with their children, but perhaps even worse, their son survived and clawed his way out of the mass grave, only to be arrested and sent to Auschwitz.
  • Butterfly of Death and Rebirth: When Ruthie spots butterflies, it serves as a Five-Second Foreshadowing that she and her family are about to be apprehended by Nazis.
  • Doomed by Canon: Magneto's family and later his wife Magda, and their daughter Anya.
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  • Downer Ending: By the end of the story, Magneto has lost his family and his love Magda.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Over the course of the story, Magneto changes from a friendly Jewish boy in Nazi Germany to, well, Magneto.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Obviously, we know that Magneto will survive and grow up to become the leader of the human-hating Brotherhood of Mutants.
  • The Great Depression: Where our story begins. Kristallnacht happens in the second issue.
  • Oh, Crap!: At the end of the first issue, Max is out in town when he finds a certain infamous symbol from World War II, followed by a crowd making a certain yell and salute.
  • Retcon: Magneto's name is here revealed to be Max Eisenhardt, not Erik Lensherr.
  • Saved by Canon: Magneto is going to avoid being killed in the Holocaust and continue to live as a mutant in the present, unlike the rest of his family.
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  • Start of Darkness: The comic details how Magneto became a genocidal mutant terrorist.
  • Villain Episode: The entire miniseries is devoted to Magneto's origin story.
  • You Know I'm Black, Right?: Inverted. When Ruthie talks about how the people at her workplace think she is German, her father gives her a You Know You're Black, Right? and resignedly tells her that she is German.


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