One more speed review for the night, and it's the final issue of the most recent Magneto mini-series. I thoroughly enjoyed the first two issues of this series, but was a bit let down by the third issue. I'm hoping issue #3 was just a minor bump in the road, and that things will pick up again with this issue.
Magneto: Not A Hero #4(of 4):
Summary: Joseph tells Human Now(yes, yet ANOTHER anti-mutant group) leader Christopher Bach that he wanted to change their prior agreement in which Joseph was to kill a few of Bach's fellow Human Now bigots(which would garner Bach greater attention)... Instead of killing a few, Joseph wanted to kill a few HUNDRED, figuring that would cause the world to fear the name Magneto again... From there we fast-forward a few days where Joseph and his clone Brotherhood of Evil Mutants attack a massive park rally. Magneto gets wind of what Joseph was up to(not to mention the fact that Joseph was doing it dressed AS Magneto), and has Astra teleport him to Joseph's location. From there, Astra escapes. Mags kills the Blob clone, before engaging Joseph in battle. Joseph continuously attempts to kill innocent civilians and bigots alike, while Mags is forced to save the people. Eventually Mags manages to subdue his wayward clone, and tells Joseph that Mags didn't have to be “evil”, as long as he got his way. And if that meant siding with Lord Summers and his X-Men, then that was what Mags would do... For as long as it served his purposes. With Joseph done for, Bach and some of his fellow bigots approach Mags shouting anti-mutant rhetoric. Bach tells Mags to show them what kind of a man he was, and Mags proceeds to drop a ton of rubble on top of Bach and the rest of the bigots(!!). By this point Lord Summers and his team have arrived on the scene, and Mags hands over Joseph, but claims ignorance as to Bach's whereabouts.
Thoughts: Now that's more like it! That's the way I like my Magneto! Not the whipped one that currently follows Lord Summers around like a toothless little puppy dog, but as the man who all of humanity SHOULD fear. The true mutant bogeyman. As this issue was winding down, with Joseph defeated and all, I figured Mags would simply leave Bach and his fellow bigots alone to show that Mags was the bigger man... Mags dropping all of that rubble on them and probably killing them? That was a great surprise, and a satisfying way to end this mini-series. So sure, Magneto is currently playing the role of Lord Summers' lapdog, but once Mags feels that isn't the best direction for mutantkind to go? He made it perfectly clear here that he'd be willing to do whatever it took to make sure mutantkind survived... By any means necessary.
Score: 7 out of 10.