Growing up, we are taught of the cosmic clash between good and evil. On the side of good we have our heroes, ready to save us and the world at large. Then on the other side are the villains, the boogeymen we dread, ready to do whatever it takes to rule the world. This binary rule seems to be the norm in the world of comics, but then as with any rule, you’ll find an exception. Magneto is that exception! This character grew up during the Holocaust and watched as his large Jewish family was massacred by the Nazis. Believing mutants, humans born with super powers that manifests at puberty, would meet a similar fate he has taken a more militant stance in ensuring their survival. Believing evolution dictates their superiority, he wants nothing more than a mutant-dominated world–even if he has to kill a few billion humans in the process. As the supreme “Master of Magnetism” he has been close to doing so more times than not.
If you have ever been a member of a persecuted minority then you sympathize with Magneto’s plight, and in fact understand his methods. In many ways his mantra is similar to Malcolm X’s, “…by any means necessary!” Unbeknownst to most people his creation was inspired by the slain civil rights activist’s stance. Whereas, the founder of the X-Men, Professor Charles Xavier (Professor X), believes mutants and humans can peacefully coexists. Magneto realizes that human nature fears anything different. Sadly, throughout most of his history he’s caused more to fear him than aspire to be like him. This has caused him to clash with not only the X-Men, but the Avengers, Spider-Man, and the Fantastic Four as well. Still Magneto’s not your typical villain. He’s that rare “anti-villain,” an honorable villain who has more in common with heroes than other villains. His “good nature” has also caused him to clash with major villains like Apocalypse, Mr. Sinister, Dr. Doom, and a host of others. To put it simply Magneto is only on the side he feels will keep his people safe, and even then he has his own methods and tactics. This only proves that ultimately he may only be on his own side! That’s why he’s my latest guiltiest pleasure.
Why I Love Him:
-He ripped the adamantium from “the mighty” Wolverine’s bones.
-He’s a dangerous hero and a powerful villain
-He’s one of the few villains to actually coerce the entire world into given them control of a country, google “Genosha!”
-He’s one of a few who has safely had sex with Rogue.
-His children are kick ass! Google “The Scarlet Witch,” “Quicksilver,” and “Polaris!”
-He single-handedly saved San Francisco from a deadly earthquake
-He held the entire Earth hostage by reversing the manipulating the Earth’s magnetic field, disrupting all air traffic and forms of communication.
-He can manipulate the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Check out his powers: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magneto_(comics)#Powers_and_abilities
Is Magneto a “Guilty Pleasure” of yours as well? Check him out in all X-Men related comic book series and coming later this year his solo, self-titled series, “Magneto!”