Powerful and haunting. This Magneto story has very little to do with superheros or mutants. It could almost be passed off as a historical comic book based around concentration camps. This is in no way a superhero story. There is one moment where you think some super powers will show up but then it gets thrown right out the window. This is a World War 2 story, a story about a Jewish boy and his family who lived in Germany during the war. And that little boy happened to be Magneto and you get a sense as to how he became the famous x-men villain through the horrors of war and genocide.
It’s very difficult for me to describe the story without spoiling anything. But in a nutshell, ‘Testament’ is a sublime tale of the cruelty that humans are capable of committing to one another. Especially against a minority they perceive to be inferior. As I mentioned before this is a story of a boy’s survival that turns him into a vengeful old man capable of bending worlds to his name.
The only flaw is from the art. From time to time the facial expressions seem a bit off. It was a minor flaw but nevertheless it pulled me out of the experience. Outside of that small issue this book is almost perfect. Even cooler is this book has lesson plans in the back for teachers. It didn’t even occur to me that this book could be used as a teaching tool, but it absolutely could be. In the foreword, Pak goes out of his way to say all of the information in the book is factual, so I could see this being in the Holocaust unit of a middle school history class in the same way Schindler’s list would be used.
It left me emotionally drained at the end of it. Almost like the movie “Requiem for a Dream”. I’m glad I read it, but I probably won’t reread it for another year. A powerful that will stick with you for a very long time.
(On a lighter, different and minor note I always wonder how marvel will change Magnetos backstory later on. Because it’ll be weird if they have a man over 100 years old still fighting teenagers. Like will he be in a wheelchair? I dunno I’m getting off topic but it is an interesting to think about.)