Magneto isn’t playing any games in Marvel’s latest solicitation for the upcoming X-Men: Trial of Magneto as he’s seen tearing Iron Man’s armor to pieces in new cover art. While the X-Men’s Hellfire Gala has been a major night of extravagance and ushered in significant shifts to the Marvel Universe’s status quo, it’s also been an especially significant night for Magneto on several levels and the fallout of the night for the Master of Magnetism will see him on trial for murder. The as of yet unknown victim will be significant enough to warrant the arrival of various Marvel heroes attending their funeral, apparently leading to Magneto’s apparent upcoming altercation with Tony Stark.
X-Men: The Trial Of Magneto will be a 5-issue miniseries coming from writer Leah Williams and artist Lucas Werneck. It will see Erik Lehnsherr being accused of a murder that has the potential to tear the mutant nation apart, causing massive upheaval and distress. According to the synopsis for the first issue, Magneto’s alleged murder and subsequent trial will be “one that will divide the new mutant nation” and that the arc will be “a new epic that threatens the Reign of X and will upend the world of mutants.” Clearly, someone very important will be killed, and seeing as how Magneto was just speaking about the importance of obeying Krakoa’s laws (which he’s now being accused of breaking), this is going to be a huge chapter of the character’s life no matter the verdict.
Now, thanks to Marvel’s new September solicitations it’s been revealed that Marvel heroes, including the Avengers, will be coming to Krakoa to pay their respects at the victim’s funeral in X-Men: The Trial of Magneto #2, indicating that the victim was someone majorly influential to the Marvel Universe at large (perhaps a mutant that was once an Avenger?). Additionally, it looks as though Magneto may end up battling some of these heroes, though it certainly seems like Iron Man probably should have sat this one out given Magneto’s powers. Here’s the synopsis and cover art for the issue by Valerio Schiti:
- X-MEN: THE TRIAL OF MAGNETO #2 (OF 5)
- LEAH WILLIAMS (W) • LUCAS WERNECK (A) • COVER BY VALERIO SCHITI
- Variant Cover by GERALD PAREL
- Variant Cover by STEPHANIE HANS
- Variant Cover by IVAN SHAVRIN
- VARIANT COVER BY David Baldeon
- HABEAS CORPSES!
- Heroes of the Marvel Universe came to Krakoa for a memorial. Now they’ve got a fight.
- Magneto pushes Krakoa and the Council to the brink!
- Also…there’s something wrong with the body…
Clearly, it doesn’t look like Magneto will be going down without a fight. However, given the levels of growth and the dedication Magneto has displayed in his desire to maintain the order and peace that’s been achieved on Krakoa, he had to have done what he did for what he believed was a good reason (if he’s even the real killer at all). It’s certainly possible that he could be framed and set up. His past as a villain would certainly make accusations and assumptions that much easier to be accepted and believed.
Whatever the case may be, The Trial of Magneto will be coming soon, seeing the Master of Magnetism running what will no doubt be a gauntlet of accusations that will apparently create massive division amongst the mutant island nation of Krakoa. Magneto‘s trial definitely has the potential to ruin his reputation as well, which could likewise tarnish what he’s helped to build in his hopes of reformation. However it all goes down, here’s hoping the truth wins out and that Magneto will still be able to be considered a hero when it’s all said and done (despite trying to rip Iron Man to pieces).