X-Men mutant survives the Holocaust in new Marvel Comics miniseries
Though the Shoah seems out of place amid the bright colors, tights and capes of comic books, graphic novels have a long history of depicting the Holocaust. Art Spiegelman started writing the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Maus” in 1972, and the mutant known as Wolverine was given a history in the Nazi extermination camp Sobibor. Last week, in Philadelphia, Marvel Comics announced that Greg Pak, best known for writing such characters as Iron Man and the Incredible Hulk, would be penning a new miniseries in September called “Magneto: Testament.”
The miniseries, according to Pak, “follows a Jewish boy and his family through Germany and Poland from 1935 to 1945.” The character is probably best known as the magnetism-controlling supervillain played by Ian McKellen in the X-Men films. In fact, though Magneto was created in 1963, it wasn’t until the mid-’80s that writer Chris Claremont gave him sympathetic origins as a Jewish child during the Holocaust.
The chances that it’ll be original and stereotype-free are admittedly slim (although since I don’t read Iron Man or Hulk, I’m not familiar with Pak’s work – maybe he’s great) but I’m giving it a shot. How can I resist? Jews? Superheroes? Jewish superheros? Those are three of my favorite things! And Magneto is the awesomest X-Man, you can’t deny it.