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X-Men: Magneto Testament Paperback – October 14, 2009


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Product Details

  • Series: X-Men
  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (October 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785126406
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785126409
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,258,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The story depicts young Magneto's struggle through the Holocaust.
Luquillo
I highly recommend this graphic novel to anyone, because some stories must be read not to be forgotten.
Dovile
I actually managed to get both of my parents to read this, and they both hate comic books.
Agent 00420

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Agent 00420 on June 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
I should start this review by admitting, openly, that Magneto is my favorite comic book character. The history fascinates me, his character is one more compelling (to me, anyway) than any other in the comic book world. I love this guy. And the way he's humanized and framed within the context of a boy who has endured persecution, genocide and hatred before and (later in life) refuses to allow it to be wrought upon any others makes him one of the most intriguing and complex characters around.
The art here is beautiful, and while it isn't a fast-paced action book (sorry to the one reviewer who gave this a 1 star because it's 'just about the holocaust and how Nazis treated the Jews) but this book is amazing. The lengths to which Pak went for historical accuracy are impressive. I'm not typically a Greg Pak fan this book is easily one of my top five favorite comic books. A masterful job of storytelling yields one of the best backstories to one of the greatest and most misunderstood characters in the Marvel Universe. I actually managed to get both of my parents to read this, and they both hate comic books.
This book is great for X-Men fans, Magneto fans, or fans of history (be it German or otherwise), and beyond the classifications, it's just a damn fine book. Highly, highly recommended. This book is worth your time.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lemonwolf on July 9, 2011
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When I first bought this book I had no idea that it would be this good. I figured it would be the typical Marvel Origins story but this was something more. This book made you forget that you were reading about Magneto. The only thing that you paid attention to was the story of Max, a Jewish boy trying to survive in a concentration camp. It opened my eyes to the personal relationships inside of the camp. This book served more as a lesson for the reader who is ignorant to what went on in those terrible years. what I enjoyed the most was the story at the end about the animator who was forced to work for the infamous Nazi doctor, Mengele. I could probably continue raving about this book but I will stop here and encourage you to find it out yourself.
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By Luquillo on August 9, 2014
Format: Paperback
Originally written 8-21-10

The year is 1935, Max Eisenhardt is a 9 year old boy who is about to experience horrors that will scar him for the rest of his life. He's going to be put through hell as a victim of Nazi brutality. He's going to be beaten and humiliated in the most terrible of ways. But worst of all, Max will witness the barbaric genocide of his people. This is the story of a young boy who would grow up to become one of mankind's greatest threats. This is the origin story of the X-Men's greatest foe; The mutant master of magnetism Magneto.-summary

Created by Stan Lee and the late Jack Kirby, Magneto made his debut in issue #1 of The X-Men in 1963. Initially, he was just another stock bad guy with goals on world domination using terrorist acts to achieve his goals. Later on during the years, people would learn more about him and they would actually begin to sympathize with him. Magneto was a Jewish Holocaust survivor, and he witnessed many of his people viciously beaten, tortured, and killed. He would later learn that he was a mutant, with the ability to manipulate the magnetic field.

Due to mankind's growing fear of mutants which would soon evolve into hatred. The mutant population would become victims of racism and bigotry as well as violent behaviour. Magneto vowed that he would never again witness these atrocities against his people. Therefore, he was going to fight back this time. Even if it meant waging a full scale war against humanity.

X-Men: The Magneto Testament is a five chapter mini-series written by Greg Pak. The story depicts young Magneto's struggle through the Holocaust. While also providing the necessary background on what made him into humanity's greatest enemy.
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Have you noticed that Marvel is reprinting this book, to be issued Aug. 19, 2014? It has its own separate Amazon product page and you can get it much cheaper than the prices being asked for the original edition by sellers at the time of this writing. Just FYI.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dovile on July 16, 2013
Format: Paperback
I wanted to read this graphic novel mainly because of the gorgeous cover art of the five individual issues and because I'm interested in this period of history, so I was somewhat disappointed when the art inside was in a different style, with people's faces looking a bit weird. Other than that, the story itself is very good, but it's mostly about a Jewish boy surviving in Nazi Germany, so don't expect any tights, capes or superpowered heroes saving everyone (the 'X-Men' in the title must be there purely for marketing purposes only).

The story seemed to be well researched, at least I didn't notice any discrepancies with what I've read and seen in documentaries, except for the author constantly using phrases like "the Germans" did this or that, when "the Nazis" would have been more accurate: surely, there must have been Germans who didn't subscribe to the Nazi views, and not all Nazis were of German nationality.

I highly recommend this graphic novel to anyone, because some stories must be read not to be forgotten.

If you like this and want more graphic novels about this period, check out Maus by Art Spiegelman.
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