Marvel has revealed the X-Men’s Hellfire Gala will end in murder – and Magneto will be placed on trial, threatening to tear Krakoa apart.
The X-Men‘s Magneto is about to be put on trial – for murder. Erik Magnus Lensherr has been many things over the years; freedom fighter, terrorist, savior, ruler, object of worship, most feared mutant in the world. He is one of the mutants who can consider the Age of Krakoa a blessing, for all his past misdeeds – including the occasion when he blanketed the entire Earth in an electromagnetic burst that killed hundreds of thousands – have been pardoned.
Magneto is seen as one of Krakoa’s greatest heroes, a member of the Quiet Council who stands in mutantkind’s defense against everything from alien invaders to anti-mutant terrorist cells. He is loving the adulation of the masses, taking advantage of every opportunity he can to promote his gospel of mutant supremacy, and attempting to shape mutant society in his own image. But it sounds as though the Hellfire Gala, which was supposed to be the mutant race’s chance to step out of the shadows and into the light, will change Magneto’s life – and possibly the Marvel universe – forever.
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In August 2021, Marvel will launch a new miniseries called The Trial of Magneto, by Leah Williams and Lucas Werneck. This will see Magneto placed on trial for a mysterious murder that takes place at the Hellfire Gala, and according to Marvel, it will threaten to divide the entire nation of Krakoa. The mutant nation only has three laws, the most contentious of which is “Kill No Humans,” and it’s safe to assume a human is murdered while attending the Hellfire Gala – which would mean a diplomatic disaster. “This thrilling saga will threaten the Reign of X and upend the world of mutants,” Marvel teases. “And with the very future of Krakoa hanging in the balance, mutantkind’s relationship with the rest of the Marvel Universe may never be the same.“
It’s impossible to say at this point whether Magneto is guilty or whether he’s been framed, and Leah Williams’ comments suggest he will find his faith in Krakoa shaken. “When has Magneto ever allowed bureaucracy to get between himself and what’s just?” she asks in Marvel’s announcement. “In the island paradise of Krakoa, safe haven and home for mutants – Magneto’s hard-fought, greatest desire of seeing his people at peace and thriving has finally been achieved. But Magneto’s loyalty extends only as far as it is first earned, so after the Hellfire Gala, when he learns that even a paradise could still be filled with lies…the Trial of Magneto will begin.” The Hellfire Gala was supposed to launch a bold new future for the mutant race, but it sounds as though it will instead be a diplomatic nightmare.
Magneto’s status as a hero figure will make it very difficult for him to be given a fair trial. But this murder was done at the Hellfire Gala, meaning the whole world will want to see whether or not Krakoan justice can be trusted, and the stakes have never been higher. According to Marvel, Williams’ X-Factor #10 – the final issue of the series – will play a vital part in setting up this thrilling new Marvel event. The Trial of Magneto #1 will be on sale August 18, and it will surely be unmissable.
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Source: Marvel Comics
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