In all of comic book history, you would be challenged to find a villain as well-established and detailed as Magneto. Ever since his debut in The X-Men #1 back in 1963, he's gone from one of the X-Men's greatest villains to become a villain on the world stage, an anti-hero, a world leader, a renegade, and everything else in-between.
Magneto stands as one of the greatest villains ever conceived in the medium, and over the years, he's appeared in tons of great stories, graphic novels, trade paperbacks, comic book issues, story arcs, storylines, and one-shot books, but it can be hard to determine which is the best Magneto story ever told.
This list attempts to do the impossible by ranking the 20 greatest Magneto storylines and adventures in comics as ranked by you, the reader! Make sure to scroll down and find your favorite of Magneto's stories and vote them up to see which one rises to the top!
Story Found In: X-Men: Magneto Testament #1-5
For years, it was known that Magneto was a survivor of the Nazi Holocaust against Europe's Jews, but that story wasn't fully fleshed out until the five-issue miniseries, "Magneto Testament." In the story, Magneto is depicted first as a young boy just trying to survive the Nazi death machine in one of the bleakest stories Marvel Comics has ever published.
The book is deep, and it explores the nature of what made Magneto the man he is today. The story was somewhat seen in X-Men: First Class, but these books explore it in more depth, and this is one of the best Magneto stories ever written. If you want to understand the man, this is the book you need to read.Is this a great story arc?
God Loves, Man Kills
Story Found In: Marvel Graphic Novel (1982) #5: X-Men – God Loves, Man Kills
You may be familiar with this story even if you haven't read it because it was used as the base premise for the film X2: X-Men United. In the story, William Stryker has managed to launch a scheme to rid the world of Mutants, and when Magneto learns of this while investigating the deaths of two Mutant children, he teams up with the X-Men.
This odd pairing has popped up numerous times in the books when Magneto and the X-Men's interests aligned. "God loves, Man Kills" is one of those stories that help establish Magneto's nature as someone who will do anything to protect the rest of Mutantkind, even if that means joining forces with his enemies.Is this a great story arc?
Story Found In: Uncanny X-Men #320-321, X-Men #40-41, Cable #20, X-Men Alpha, Amazing X-Men #1-4, Astonishing X-Men #1-4, Factor X #1-4, Gambit & The X-Ternals #1-4, Generation Next #1-4, Weapon X #1-4, X-Calibre #1-4, X-Man #1-4, X-Men Omega, Age Of Apocalypse: The Chosen, and X-Men Ashcan #2
"Age of Apocalypse" is a crossover event, which raged across the entirety of Marvel's Mutant books, and it's one of the most significant to feature Magneto and just about everyone else who has been linked to the X-Men over the years.
In the story, Charles Xavier is dead thanks to some time travel shenanigans done in the past, and without his dream of a world where Mutants and humans coexist, the world has descended into Apocalypse's nightmarish version of utopia. He rules with an iron fist, and with his "survival of the fittest" policy in full effect, it's up to Magneto to step into Charles' shoes to lead a ragtag group of freedom fighters to victory!
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- Publisher: Marvel Comics
The Trial of Magneto
Story Found In: Uncanny X-Men #200
In The Uncanny X-Men's bicentennial issue, Magneto is on trial while a group of terrorists are carrying out attacks in the name of the X-Men. While the trial is underway, the team tries to discover who the real perpetrators are, but it turns out that the terrorist acts were merely a distraction so the Von Strucker twins could attack the court and take vengeance against the Master of Magnetism.
This puts everyone in jeopardy, but Magneto works to save everyone, including Charles Xavier. He manages to save his old friend, but he "dies" in the act. Before he did, he asked Magneto to take over his school and teach his students while adhering to his principles. Magneto agrees and cries for his friend. This book launched a new chapter in the X-Men's lives, but also for Magneto, and it's one of the greatest X-Men/Magneto stories ever told.Is this a great story arc?