After five to six months, I’ve finally bought the last issue to the miniseries, X-Men: Magneto- Testament. I like to forget it’s overly long title cause it’s a really good comic book series that delves into one of the most horrific events in human history, the Holocaust. Writer Greg Pak and Artist Carmine Di Gaindomenico use the great archenemy of the X-Men, Magneto, as the narrator. The problem can be that the main character can represent any Jewish boy because the real Magneto isn’t really fleshed out. Sure, we get moments of truth with his past relations with his love, Magda, and the revelations of his powers, but they really are subtle. Pak wanted this story to be grounded in reality, and he does a fantastic job. After almost three years of endless researching, he cleverly adds in all the disturbing facts about the Holocaust throughout the series. The last fact he adds is this “Altogether, the Nazis systematically killed approximately 6 million Jews and many millions of other innocent civilians. At least a million people died at Auschwitz-Birkenau.” By the end of the series, we finally see why the future mutant terrorist gave up on peaceful resistance with his defeatist attitude. The art also shines as the acts are atrocious to view with innocent dead bodies of the Jews lying in the streets and burned to death to the facial expressions of the protagonist escaping death in every page. Again, the main character can be identified as any other Holocaust survivor, but the remarkable storytelling far surpasses any of my pet peeves. I will definitely look forward for the collection edition of this great tale.
My Rating: A