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X-Men: Magneto Testament

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  2,128 Ratings  ·  199 Reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 152 pages
Published June 10th 2009 by Marvel Knights (first published 2009)
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Kee Queen
Oct 05, 2016 Kee Queen rated it really liked it
"My name is Max Eisenhardt. To whoever finds this, I'm sorry because I'm dead and it's now up to you. Tell everyone who will listen. Tell everyone who won't. Please don't let this happen ever again."
This was a letter written by a Jewish teenage boy inside the Nazi concentration camps in Auschwitz, Germany where he was one of the designated Sonderkommando who were laborers in the crematoria which is possibly the most degrading and sickening occupation ever created during the second World War. T
May 20, 2011 Anne rated it really liked it
For all of you out there who think comic books are for kids (or for geeky adults with short attention spans and a lower than average IQ), I'd like to point out that graphic novels (as we like to call them) are actually fairly progressive when it comes to making social commentary. And they have been for years. So it's really no surprise that Marvel incorporated the Holocaust into the origin story of one of it's biggest characters. Kudos to Marvel and Greg Pak for a job well done.

This isn't a supe
Nov 04, 2015 Terence rated it really liked it
Even the incredibly powerful Master of Magnetism Magneto was once a boy. A very unfortunately Jewish boy who happened to be born in Germany a few years before World War II. Magneto still went by his real name Max Eisenhardt.

Max's tale is a familiar one to any person unfortunate enough to have been Jewish while Hitler took over Europe. Seeing the pictures of what happened even in comic form is just unbelievable. It's terrifying to realize one hateful man could be the impetus and the engine to suc
Jan 31, 2015 Jacobi rated it really liked it
Shelves: trades-read
This book is deceiving. You would think a book about a young Magneto trying to survive in Nazi controlled Auschwitz would be one thing, but it's totally not that thing. This is a straight up story about a Jewish family being beaten and abused at every turn, yet still finding a way to persevere. This isn't the most original story, but it is very well done. I give Marvel credit for putting this out, and not going all cheesy with Magneto making metal monsters to fight Nazis (which could have easily ...more
Sep 25, 2015 Blindzider rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I'm a little torn on this.

First of all, it is very well written. It gives an accurate retelling of the plight of Jews at the beginning of WWII as well as time spent as prisoners in concentration camps. By coincidence I just finished reading "Man's Search for Meaning" and could parallel some of the experiences between Magneto and Frankl.

But that's also the problem with this: it feels too much like a graphic novel about the concentration camps and not really a story about Magneto. Sure he's the m
Aug 17, 2011 Myonlycookie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Loved this one.

For all of you who know X-Men, then you know what this book is about. For all of you who don't, this comic is an origin story for one of X-Men's most iconic villains, Magneto. (In short, Magneto can control metal.) Magneto is a Holocaust survivor, and this is a fact that has been around in the X-Men universe for ~30 years. If you read the afterward of the trade paperback, then you'll know that in order to make this comic, writer Greg Pak, editor Warren Simons, and their incredibl
Nov 09, 2009 Brad rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, marvel
I'm not sure what sets this book apart. Yeah, it's a Holocaust story that uses Magneto as its main character, with his nascent magnetic powers only showing up a handful of times in the five-issue story. But it's not that different from other movies or books trying to turn the Holocaust into a story about one survivor. Snippets of the main character's life reflect wider social trends; his perseverance reflects millions. But this book tries to do too much. Every few pages exposition-heavy text ...more
Justyn Rampa
Jun 07, 2011 Justyn Rampa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
This volume demonstrates the transcendent power of comics.

I don't know that I can truly find the words to do this work justice in my review, but I will try.

This is an origin story of a complicated figure in comics, sometimes villain, sometimes hero, but always a compelling figure.

Most people know him as Magneto, but he began his life as a Jewish boy named Max. As a boy, Max has to endure the horrifying atrocity of the Holocaust.

This is his story.

The story of the boy named Max who would one day g
Sep 25, 2015 Dimitris rated it really liked it
Magneto Testament is a ghaphic novel that not only manages to humanize the fearsome Magneto but also to show us the nazi atrocities of the holocaust.
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Dec 17, 2015 Jeice rated it really liked it
I have to be honest, this is not a great Magneto origin story. There is not much in here that reveals new or compelling truths about who Magneto is, and no real insight into why he became what he has become. There is little in Max Eisenhardt (for that apparently is his original name, not Erik Lensherr as basically every other story states) that connects him to the Master of Magnetism besides being Jewish in Germany and a slight penchant for finding metal trinkets. As a Magneto origin story, I'd ...more
Oct 26, 2009 Aaron rated it it was amazing
Fans of the X-Men know that Eric Lensherr, the man known as the evil mutant Magneto, was a German Jew who survived the concentration camps. Few know that his name was really named Max Eisenhardt. X-Men Origins told the story of Logan/Wolverine and was turned into a great movie. Magneto Testament was written for a different reason. Readers learn more about Magneto's youth and why he became Magneto, but the real story is the horror of the Holocaust.

The tale starts in 1935, Max is mistreated at sch
Jan 22, 2012 Guillermo rated it it was amazing
"Sometimes in this life, you get a moment, a time when everything lines up. When anything is possible. When suddenly you can make things happen. God help us if we take that moment. And God forgive us if we don't."

Those are the words we deserved to hear on the big screen, instead we got X-Men: First Class. Not that I'm comparing standing up against the S.S. men during the holocaust to a mediocre movie. It's nothing like that. As a fan of the X-Men franchise, I feel we deserved something better. S
Jan 26, 2013 Mike rated it really liked it
Well that was depressing. Well-researched and with vivid scenes and characters, I found myself pretty compelled to finish once I got started. That partly comes from deep knowledge of where the story is headed, rather than necessarily a compelling writer or artist.

This was admirable work, and while I wanted to enjoy it on its own merits it's hard to separate the "of course I know I'm horrified" conditioning from birth, from any specific response to the specific presentation here in this instance.
Jun 01, 2016 Hossein rated it it was amazing
قطعا قوی ترین مجموعه کمیکی بود که در مورد یکی از ابرشرورها نوشته شده بود. واقعا کار بعد ها زیادی داشت که باعث میشد آدم به فکر فرو بره. به نوعی این کار مثل شوخی مرگبار جوکر، برای مگنتو بود. برای اولین بار زندگی مگنتو رو میدیدیم، زجرهایی که کشیده و تقریبا توجیهی بود برای همه کارها و فلسفه اعمالش. حتما توی این چند وقت یه نقد چند صفحه ای در مورد این کمیک می نویسم.
Mar 06, 2015 Damon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
A horrible encounter with Nazi Germany with Magneto as the young protagonist. I like that this could be a story completely independent of the X-Men comics. The story could have been a lot longer but might have just ended up a lot more gruesome; so happy with the length really.
Eric Compton
Feb 15, 2016 Eric Compton rated it it was amazing
Let me start by saying I have read every X-men related storyline dating back to the very first issue in 1963. I have thoroughly enjoyed the original ideas for the history of most of the characters but when it comes to the retroactive telling of these characters - it can be a slippery slope to say the least. As we attempt to capture the essence of characters that are 50+ years old, the history can be rather convoluted. I do like the way that some characters have had their history clarified with ...more
Wow. Just wow. When Marvel decided they were going to create the definitive back story of the man who would be Magneto, they went all out. The historical accuracy blew me away, as is verified by the endnotes for each section. The feeling and emotion that were lovingly poured into every illustration are almost palpable. His mutant powers are hinted at, but don't really come to light in the story; this is not a story of Magneto, but of a boy in one of the most horrific times in history who comes ...more
Aug 18, 2014 T4ncr3d1 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel, comics
"Fate che non succeda mai più."

Chi crede che graphic novel sia un'espressione vanagloriosa, e che i fumetti siano solo fumetti, deve leggere Testamento e necessariamente ricredersi.
Magneto è uno dei personaggi tra gli X-men che più adoro: con un passato straziante, una vita piena di ombre, una rabbia interiore feroce ed un fiero individualismo, ha finito con l'affascinarmi del tutto.
In questo fumetto c'è però ben poco del Magneto che tutti conosciamo, perché l'idea di riscoprire il suo passato d
Krystl Louwagie
Jun 02, 2016 Krystl Louwagie rated it it was amazing
This was really impressive. The painstaking love, care, and attention to detail that the creators gave in this graphic novel is so evident and appreciated, and made for a fascinating read. I rarely read the breakdown of source material for page by page, but the commentary on how it fit historically was so interesting that I had to. I really couldn't recommend this for classrooms enough. This has *barely* anything to do with superhero's, especially on the surface, except for slight magical ...more
Gayle Francis Moffet
Mar 21, 2016 Gayle Francis Moffet rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, 2016, march-2016
A great meeting of artist, colorist, and writer wrapped in as much nonfiction as they could use to tell the story. Testament stands as a constant reminder about WHY Magneto being a Holocaust survivor is so important. His experiences in the ghettos and the camps are what led to his deep distrust of his fellow man, and his constant suppression of himself in order to survive was unquestionably deeply wounding.

It's a story that doesn't shy away from how things were, though it doesn't get as graphic
May 30, 2011 Francisco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Más que un cómic es una novela histórica en formato gráfico. La historia de la infancia de Magneto en medio del Holocausto en la Alemania Nazi y en la Polonia ocupada. Históricamente muy exacta y con un dibujo muy oscuro que aporta al triste y denso relato. Me faltó que las indicaciones a la mutación que años después haría famoso al personaje principal fueran más explícitas y presentes, ya que inicialmente es la razón de comprar el libro. De todas formas, muy recomendable lectura y una excelente ...more
Mar 01, 2014 Praxedes rated it really liked it
This is a beautifully researched graphic novel, reminiscent of the Pulitzer-winning "Maus". X-men nemesis Magneto recounts his life as a Holocaust survivor, with glorious drawings and illustrations to match. The artwork is as memorable as the story, using tints and tones expertly. I keep recommending it to educators teaching Nazi-era death camps, since the novel is beautifully researched.
Sep 04, 2009 Ed rated it liked it
Shelves: graphix-comix
A tale well told. Could serve as a standalone Holocaust story because you really don't need to know anything about the Xmen character. There are no monsters or mutants, unless you count the Nazis. And the scenes of horror, while fantastic, are, sadly, factual.
Omar Alhashimi
Jul 25, 2016 Omar Alhashimi rated it really liked it
Pretty thought-provoking. They were able to really capture what it felt like living in those concentration camps under Nazi Germany. It was interesting to see how one of my favorite characters started out, though I would've liked seeing a bit more of the story. Nevertheless it was a nice read.
Paula Bee
May 01, 2015 Paula Bee rated it really liked it
Shelves: sequential-art
Magneto: Testament details the boy who would one day become Magneto as he survives the Holocaust. Five amazing issues. And for a comic book series, it only-in one panel-suggest superhuman powers, the rest dealing with his coming of age through the horror of Nazi concentration camps.
Really a good historical book by Marvel, that was quite unexpected
May 25, 2016 Jedhua rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Book Info: This collection contains X-Men: Magneto Testament issues #1-5.


Spanning the mid 1930's to the mid 1940's, Magneto Testament follows the late childhood and adolescent experiences of Max Eisenhardt – who we now know as the infamous Magneto – and his family living as Jews in Nazi Germany. Other than Max himself, the Eisenhardt family consists of his mother, his sister (Ruthie), his veteran father (Jakob), and his headstrong and sarcastic uncle (Erich). It's really a nice little family,
Oct 10, 2016 Arianna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This comic was amazing it's a whole new view on Erich or (max) and see how he become the Mutant he is today.

There are multiple reasons why I enjoyed this so greatly for one its a new story one that was told but forgotten on how a normal boy gets caught in with the Nazis and how he try's to survive and go through horrible pain and suffering as he looses ones that he loves and losses the boy he once was before it all.

He meets Magda at a young age and after believing she died like many others and
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Greg Pak is an award-winning Korean American comic book writer and filmmaker currently writing “Batman/Superman” and “Action Comics” for DC Comics. Pak wrote the "Princess Who Saved Herself" children's book and the “Code Monkey Save World” graphic novel based on the songs of Jonathan Coulton and co-wrote (with Fred Van Lente) the acclaimed “Make Comics Like the Pros” how-to book. Pak's other work ...more
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