- Series: X-Men (Marvel Hardcover)
- Hardcover: 152 pages
- Publisher: Marvel; First Edition edition (June 10, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785138234
- ISBN-13: 978-0785138235
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,279,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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X-Men: Magneto Testament Hardcover – June 10, 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
It takes a lot of nerve to use the Holocaust as setting for a superhero story, but villain/antihero Magneto's background requires it, and the story by Pak and DiGiandomenico carries out the idea with respect. The boy who would become Magneto is Max Eisenhardt, smart and athletic, living with his family in Germany in 1935. He watches in horror as the Germans invade Poland, prompting his family to flee; he sees them killed, like thousands of others; he takes his place as a worker in a concentration camp. But all the while, it nags at him that he should be fighting back, and his father's admonition to wait for the moment, a time when everything lines up, when anything is possible, when suddenly you can make things happen rings in his head, as does the face of the girl he has always loved, a girl who has ended up in a Gypsy camp, fated for extermination. This is an inherently powerful story, handled with grace and care, delivered in a haunting, painterly style—and filled with historical information and context. Extensive back pages include a teacher's guide to using this series in the classroom. (June)
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Top Customer Reviews
Magneto is one of Marvel's most important and sophisticated characters. Despite repeated depictions in the comics (in recent years) that are flat, one-dimensional, and uninspired, (usually due to the writer not wanting to address the full complexity of Magneto's psychology and history), Magneto remains one of the best adversaries in comic book history precisely because of his Holocaust and World War II backstory. This character was a good man who became a costumed "villain" to protect his mutant people. Magneto spent most of his life trying to play by the rules, trying to forget his past. He started out as a heroic and well-intentioned boy, growing up in a loving family -- but a family increasingly beset and attacked by Nazi-inspired hatred and violence. MAGNETO TESTAMENT depicts a part of this journey of the character, from the years 1935 to 1944, with a coda from 1948 at the end.
I highly recommend this book, for fans of the comic book character, fans of the movie version of Magneto, and for anyone interested in a graphic novel about the Holocaust, for either reading or teaching others.
All in all this is a good read, and a great addition to anyones shelf.The artwork is both well done and respectable to those who actually survived the holocaust. It, however, is not filled with epic action sequences between mutants and Charles Xavier makes no appearance in it whatsoever. However, you do meet Magda, the gypsy who is destined to be the mother of Pietro and Wanda Maximoff.
A definite necessity for an X-Men fan, and a good read even for those who aren't. :)
Testament is grounded in reality, and the atrocities of World War II are all played here in a monstrous light, and I couldn't help but hope that Magneto would manifest his abilities. Through clever use of narration boxes, the entirety of the war occurs and we witness first hand the effects on the Jews. Details that you'd expect from a arthouse film occur here and I felt more educated at the end. You'll be hoping for Max all the way along, despite the man we know he's going to be. Pak's dialogue is believable and clever, with a really powerful quote about each man having a moment, and the character's are generally well developed.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
the one i got had come form a public library with stickers still on it great read but was annoyed with stickersPublished 17 months ago by Eddiejoel
I've mentioned in past reviews of mine that my number one favorite comic book villain is Magneto, the master of magnetism. Read morePublished on September 9, 2014 by Dr. Rorschach Hound
Just buy it. Do it now. The story of Max as nothing but a kid going through those extraordinary times is deeply touching and the art is right there with it every step of the way.Published on February 11, 2013 by Horus
I read this graphic novel a few years ago and the beautiful art and the power of this story is still very evident in my mind. Read morePublished on December 1, 2012 by Sasha
X-Men: Magneto, Testament
As a collector of comics I know that most comics are not for kids and often have adult themes that make you think, that make you contemplate or... Read more
THIS COMIC SUCKS BECAUSE THERE IS NO ACTION WHATS SO EVER, IT JUST A BORING STORY ABOUT HOW THE NAZIS PERSECUTED THE JEWS. WASTE OF MONEY....Published on August 8, 2011 by C4 EXPERT
This story is told from the points of view of Erik 's family and of his own experiences, as a Jewish boy, growing up during the rise of Nazism and Hitler 's power, as a dictator. Read morePublished on April 24, 2011 by PHANTOM
I was a little uneasy about the premise of this book thinking it could get cheesy but Greg Pak writes an incredibly moving and harrowing piece about a Marvel icon that clearly... Read morePublished on November 5, 2010 by S. Penrose
This is one of the best origins I have ever read for a comic book character. I have been collecting comics for over 20 years and always was fascinated about Magneto's origin. Read morePublished on April 29, 2010 by D.D