From the House of Ideas: ‘The Trial of Magneto #1’ Shows the Cracks in the Quiet Council

Back at the beginning of July I wrote about the end of Leah Williams’ entertaining X-Factor series, which ran for a solid ten issues and didn’t overstay its welcome. Williams and her team weren’t gone long, as the writer is at the helm of The Trail of Magneto, which puts the titular character at the fore following the death of the Scarlet Witch during the Hellfire Gala.

Now, this isn’t the first time that Magneto has gone on trial for his deeds. One of the first Uncanny X-Men issues I read as a child was the double-sized #200, in which Magneto was put on trial by the International Court of Justice for his constant attempts to kill humanity. This was the first era where Magneto was trying to align his world views with that of his longtime friend, Charles Xavier, and Chris Claremont’s writing in this particular issue found that fine line between action and exposition, making Magneto relatable and, dare I say it, human.

This new Trial of Magneto is so far significantly different, acting as part detective story and part character study. The detective pieces, as X-Factor work to uncover the who, how and why of Wanda’s murder is delivered extremely well, thanks to Leah Williams’ command of the characters and Lucas Werneck’s immediately appealing artwork. Williams also delivers some solid moments of conflict between Magneto and the rest of the Quiet Council, as they debate resurection protocols when it comes to bringing back the non-mutant Wanda Maximoff. The only moment that found not quite right to me, though, was when Magneto unleashed his power against Charles during a pivotol moment, though I suppose one can argue he was lashing out in his grief.

There’s a lot to digest in this first issue of The Trial of Magneto, especially with the final tease at the end of the book. Whichever way the series goes, it’s worth picking up for all the mutant-readers out there.

Quick hits:

The Wednesday Run with J.P. Fallavollita featured the new Kang The Conquerer mini-series, and having read it myself, I’d agree that it is a definite must-read, especially with Kang’s future in the MCU. The writing from Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing is easily digestible sci-fi storytelling.

Moon Knight #2 was another strong issue from the creative team of writer Jed McKay and artist Alessandro Cappuccio. This issue is essentially a stand-alone story, but with enough building blocks that they’re sure to pick up on as the series proceeds. Moon Knight works as a dark character, dealing with the creatures of the night, and McKay and Cappuccio are nailing the tone and look.

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