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X-Men by Greg Pak
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Jun 12, 2011

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This graphic novel is very good at explaining key points in the Holocaust, from the initial sanctions imposed against the Jews to the the death camps, it does that all very well and in a nice bullet point kind of way. What it's not that good at is actually giving you a real origin story for Magneto, it shows you what and where he came from and the undeniable horrors which would obviously stay with him and influence him for the rest of his life. Beyond that though there's no real origin story, Magneto doesn't really discover or particularly use his powers in this. I think it's commendable for the world of Comic Books to tackle subjects such as this, but I can't help but feel that this project became too focused on the holocaust aspect of the story and forgot the origin story it was supposed to be about. Shame really because, in my opinion it's one of the most interesting origin stories in comics.

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