finding out the magneto series is getting dragged into a crossover event
Anonymous said: This is a strange question, sorry……But, I was looking for a comic panel with Magneto crying (extra points for visible tears). Do you know of any? Thanks!
The only panel I can remember is this one from House of M:
But visible tears? I couldn’t find any. I even tried looking up in comics where he was still young and somewhat innocent, like Magneto Testament, but, nope, no panels of him crying. The thing is, there’s a general trend where artists avoid portraying male characters crying. They probably feel it’s a show of weakness that would completely change people’s perception of the character? I don’t know, but in the case of Magneto, I think that actually makes sense - he doesn’t show weakness, he doesn’t allow himself to be vulnerable. He has a mission, and he keeps his focus in it. So, whenever he is crying or close to tears on-panel, his face tends to be shadowed, or he has his back to us, and you only know what he is feeling from his body language. The panel above, however, is from right after Pietro tells him the Avengers and X-Men are on their way to Genosha to kill Wanda, and berates Magneto for just accepting the situation and not doing anything to change it. This panel is when the reality of his complete failure to his children sinks in, when he sees himself unable to save Wanda, the same way he was unable to save Anya. So what we have is the most extreme of circumstances - and, of course, Olivier Coipel is the artist, and he doesn’t cower from having his male characters show vulnerability. Of course, there are still some shadows covering his face here, but not as entirely as in other series.
Anonymous said: I get so annoyed when I see people calling Magneto a villain. Sure, he's not exactly a hero, but anti-hero would be more accurate, no?
Well, to be fair, he was a villain throughout the 60’s, and much of the 70’s, 90’s, and 00’s - there wasn’t any ambiguity about his actions in many of the story arcs published in those decades. He was a hero in the 80’s, and perhaps “anti-hero” would be the most accurate way to describe him in the past ten years. But I get where people who just put him among the classic Marvel villains are coming from.
To be perfectly honest, “hero”, “villain”, “anti-hero”, I think none of those labels does the character justice. Magneto, more than any other Marvel character (or, perhaps, any other comic book character), is far too complex to neatly fit any of those.
Don’t forget Tragic Hero. Often Magneto feels more like a Tragic Hero than an anti-hero to me; even when he’s in one of his “heroic phase”. The way his flaws lead him astray fatally and the dramatics of it.