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A Dozen Days of Vengeance

A Dozen Days of Vengeance: Magneto

Joe Casey and Nick Dragotta ask whether or not the infamous mutant terrorist has truly reformed

By Ben Morse

Beginning in July, Joe Casey and Nick Dragotta launch a six-issue ambitious odyssey across time, space and the Marvel Universe, drawing in characters familiar and obscure to explore the complex nature of good, evil, and what lies beyond in VENGEANCE.

Over a 12-day period, Marvel.com will unspool a mere sampling of this story’s sprawling cast and their histories, with Casey offering insight that provides both answers and more questions while Dragotta previews the visual genesis of VENGEANCE.

Get out your compass and then throw it away, as A Dozen Days of Vengeance will take you way off the map and on the path to the craziest adventure you’ve ever had!

One of the most feared super villains in Marvel history, Magneto made his debut in 1963’s X-MEN #1 alongside his most famous foes. The genesis of the Master of Magnetism came years prior when young Max Eisenhardt—later Erik Lehnsherr—endured the horrors of being a Jew in Nazi Germany during World War II and vowed never again to see his people oppressed. The future Magneto befriended Charles Xavier in the days before he founded the X-Men, but could not reconcile with his confidante’s hopes for peaceful coexistence between humans and mutants, leading the two to go their separate ways.

Magneto would plague the X-Men as well as other heroes including the Avengers both on his own and leading the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants with his formidable control over magnetic fields. He would take human lives in his crusade for mutant dominance, manipulate his own children, rule more than one nation and even seem to perish on multiple occasions, always returning like the proverbial bad penny.

However, the man often called Magnus has also been frequently conflicted on occasion over the years, abandoning his aggressive methods, showing remorse and attempting to follow Xavier’s path, though he has reverted to his familiar ways just as often. Most recently, Magneto has taken sanctuary on the mutant island of Utopia, becoming a confidant to Cyclops, an official member of the X-Men, and even a hero in the eyes of many.

“The world's most feared mutant terrorist is on the side of the angels,” says Casey. “Or so it appears. Everyone knows he's pulled this moral allegiance reversal bit before—and we all remember how that turned out.”

Continue to follow A Dozen Days of Vengeance here on Marvel.com and get psyched for VENGEANCE #1, coming your way July 6!

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