This is truly a masterpiece in the graphic novel medium.
As many know, this is the origin story of Magneto of X-Men, set in Europe during the Holocaust. This story adds a ton of depth to Magneto's character without at all feeling forced, and by the end of it, you'll certainly understand why Max Eisenhardt becomes Magneto and why he's so determined to protect mutantkind.
Despite the X-Men title, there's no mutant powers on display in this book, but I'm glad there isn't because it would have felt out-of-place with the Holocaust setting. I'm glad Greg Pak and others who made this book did their homework on the Holocaust to make the story feel as realistic as possible, and this story feels very real.
Even if you're not into X-Men, this is still essential reading because it's such a moving, harrowing masterwork of visual storytelling.
The year is 1935, Max Eisenhardt is a 9 year old boy who is about to experience horrors that will scar him for the rest of his life. He's going to be put through hell as a victim of Nazi brutality. He's going to be beaten and humiliated in the most terrible of ways. But worst of all, Max will witness the barbaric genocide of his people. This is the story of a young boy who would grow up to become mankind's greatest threat. This is the origin story of the X-Men's greatest foe; The … more
Today, the whole world knows him as Magneto, the most radical champion of mutant rights that mankind has ever seen. But in 1935, he was just another schoolboy - who happened to be Jewish in Nazi Germany. The definitive origin story of one of Marvel's greatest icons begins with a silver chain and a crush on a girl - and quickly turns into a harrowing struggle for survival against the inexorable machinery of Hitler's Final Solution From X-Men: Phoenix-Endsong writer Greg Pak and award-winning artist Carmine Di Giandomenico. Collects X-Men: Magneto Testament #1-5.