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X-Men: Magneto Testament

(Magneto Testament #1-5)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  3,012 ratings  ·  295 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 a ...more
Hardcover, 152 pages
Published June 10th 2009 by Marvel Knights (first published 2009)
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Sam Quixote
Jun 21, 2018 rated it liked it
I don’t know why but this is one of my most rec’d books. It’s not like I wasn’t aware of it before people started telling me to read it as I did try reading it three, maybe four years ago, but I stopped after a couple issues and never rated it. Anyhoo, to stop the recs for this ‘un I finally read the bugger and here be me thoughts on X-Men: Magneto Testament:

‘s ok… YA HAPPY NOW!?!1 Alright, I’ll do it proper.

Didja ever see the first X-Men movie? That opening scene at Auschwitz, the Jewish kid
May 17, 2011 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
Paul E. Morph
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A powerful piece of work with fantastic artwork. If you want to read about the early days of the boy who would become Magneto, this is a great place to start.
Selkie ✦ Queen
Mar 27, 2015 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 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. They wer
Oct 26, 2015 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
Sep 18, 2009 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
Gorab Jain
Jun 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommended to Gorab by: Jaya
Shelves: graphic-novels, z2017
Even without any X-Men background, this serves a good holocaust coverage.
Would like to read more such details of other X-Men characters.
Himanshu Karmacharya
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful and tragic, Greg Pak with beautiful artwork from Carmine Di Giandomenic, deliver a powerful origin story of the master of magnetism which I would recommend not only to X-Men fans but to any person who wants to have an unforgettable reading experience.
Sep 25, 2015 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
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
One of the best page in the history of Marvel comics, one of the worst page in the history of humanity. No Magneto, no hero, only Max Eisenhardt... together to millions of people in this tragedy. His first experience with (but would be better say ‘against’) prejudice, that will accompany him long the entire life.
I think these aren’t Magneto origins but, the origin of the man under the helmet, and the reason because he will became the mutant chief that we know. Thanks to this giant size edition (
James DeSantis
Jan 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Short reviews from here on put till get back from San Diego!

This was a dark story of Magneto as a kid growing up during the holocaust. It's powerful visually and well told but I thought it ran so quick through events I couldn't get attached. Still, a very different and interesting tale.
Oct 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Adults
Recommended to Helen by: No-one.
Well-researched, written, and drawn, Marvel graphic novel, detailing the harrowing story of Jewish Berliner, Max Eisenhardt, Holocaust survivor, who later became superhero Magneto. This work is quite raw in giving particulars of the Sonderkommando operations at Auschwitz, where Eisenhardt worked for 2 years.

After the Nuremberg Laws are enacted, Eisenhardt finds himself in rural Poland, after his family decides to flee to relatives there. Later, the Eisenhardts are in the Warsaw Ghetto, and Max
Justyn Rampa
Jun 25, 2010 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
Aug 26, 2010 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.
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Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Wow no super powers no super villains
just plain holocaust story and building up the character of young magneto
seeing his people oppressed seeing his family killed in front of his eyes
being a sonderkomando and taking part in the burning of millions of jews
the helplessness he felt while denying the fighter inside him air to survive to save himself and to save magda his future wife and mother of his son and daughter
its just amazing i loved it
Sep 06, 2015 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.
James Mourgos
Apr 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
X-Men: Magneto, Testament

As a collector of comics I know that most comics are not for kids and often have adult themes that make you think, that make you contemplate or are just plain fun and enjoyable.

Though not enjoyable in that sense, this compilation gives a true account of Max Eisenhart's (Magneto, enemy of the X-Men) experiences as a Jew growing up in 1930s/1940s Nazi Germany and Poland. After reading this, anyone who thinks comics are for kids or Holocaust deniers really need to wake up
Nov 09, 2009 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 box ...more
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Magneto has always been my favorite character in the X-Men universe. He was always so intriguing to me and his backstory always interested me. In the comics, it's confusing as to Magneto's backstory besides knowing he was Jewish and went to Auschwitz. This really cleared a lot up and the writers worked to make sure that the story stayed consistent with the previous comic's stories of Magneto. This book broke my heart. As a fan of Magneto I always wanted his thought process, why he was how he was ...more
Mar 01, 2014 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.
Feb 03, 2015 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.
Redwan Orittro
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Eli Seibert
I've seen trailers for movies that say something along the lines of "enter a world that defies imagination", and shows lot of bright colors and kaleidoscope shapes. I never understood that; it exists, therefor it was imagined.
To me, what really defies imagination is what happened to the millions of people during the second world war. The inhumanity of it all is just too much to get my brain around. How could this of happened? Why did anyone let it get that far? The horrors those poor people had
Oct 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Not what I was expecting at all! It's a good comic book about the Holocaust, covering all those terrible events, and I was expecting that to be a part of the series, maybe he first issue, but it's all that. Magneto never become Magneto in this series, he is just a boy in the horrible WWII period of times. As an historical comic it was well done, as an X-Men one it was horrible...
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Oct 26, 2009 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
Nov 13, 2015 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
Jan 22, 2012 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
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 o ...more
Jan 22, 2016 rated it liked it
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Book Info: This collection contains X-Men: Magneto Testament issues #1-5.

ABSOLUTE RATING: {3+/5 stars}



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
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Greg Pak is an award-winning Korean American comic book writer and filmmaker currently writing "Ronin Island" and "Firefly" for BOOM and “Star Wars: Darth Vader" and "Atlantis Attacks" for Marvel 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 “M ...more

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