Magneto: Not a Hero #1 isn't a bad comic. It's just not a particularly great one. It has a strong beginning and end, but the middle is a bit muddled and slowly paced. The plot itself felt somewhat tired, a rehashing of what we've all seen before — a crime committed by someone dressed like a reformed villain, reformed villain must prove it wasn't him. The comic opens with an anti-mutant rights rally being attacked by a man who looks exactly like Magneto. When the humans at the rally are murdered on film, the Avengers call Cyclops and Magneto in to question them about it. Captain America and Iron Man have footage of Magneto at the rally; Cyclops has footage of Magneto in Utopia at the same time. They're at a stalemate, and one that's resolved with a few cars lifted in the air and promises to find the real criminal.
Still, it's the first issue of the limited series, and it does offer a set up that gives potential to later issues. Magneto is a compelling character, especially in the current landscape of the X-Men world, and Young's portrayal of him is spot-on. While this comic may not have a lot that's particularly grabbing, the parts that are offer enough to give the hope that it will pick up from here. While the cliffhanger ending is not overly shocking, given the lead up, it is intriguing. Where the series goes from here is left open, and I hope the next issue keeps the momentum this one seemed to build in the end.
Contributing to the overall quality of the comic is Clay Mann's art. It's vibrant and eye-catching, with many of the panels seeming to stand out from the page. His characters are expressive, demonstrating a range of emotions that add a welcome layer to the narrative.
Ultimately, this comic is a nice, albeit rocky start to a promising limited series. Where it will go from here is anyone's guess, but it shows signs of being a good look and a complex and compelling character.
Sara McDonald started reading comics in the third grade, and now puts her English degree to good use talking about them on the Internet. She currently resides in Western Massachusetts with a roommate, three cats, and an action figure collection and spends the time she isn’t reading comics working for a