Wanda is surrounded by red feathers as she floats through empty space.

The Trial of Magneto #3 Review

Written by: Leah Williams

Art by: Lucas Werneck & David Messina

Coloring by: Edgar Delgado

Lettering by: VC’s Clayton Cowles

The Scarlet Witch is confused and alone as she's surrounded by her father, Magneto, and friends, Iron Man, Captain America, and the Wasp in the Trial of Magneto #3.
Give her a break already.

The first two issues of the Trial of Magneto have been two of the best issues I’ve read all year. The way they’ve furthered Wanda’s state of self-healing but also Magneto’s guilt has been gut-wrenching, to say the least. That being said, it might have been unfair of me to expect every issue to be as emotional as the first. That should tell you something about the Trial of Magneto #3.

This third issue is by no means a bad comic, but it doesn’t further the story much, if at all. It feels like a filler issue, throwing an artificial and contrived threat to get a couple of cool action scenes. Sure, it’s fun to see the X-Men and Avengers playing nice together, but it’s not what I want to read. The fact these Kaijus randomly show up, only makes this issue feel like filler.

It feels like a waste of time when we could be diving into how Wanda’s lost memories. She doesn’t even remember her kids, let alone events like House of M. Yet, the story tables that for this Kaiju story, just… why. It feels tonally disconnected from the first two chapters with how vitriolic the relationship between Magneto and Polaris was before, only to see them fight side by side now.

Wanda falls through magical space across three panels in the Trial of Magneto #3.
This part of the story needs more than one page dedicated to it.

The Trial of Magneto #3 doesn’t have any out-of-character moments. It continues to succeed at capturing the characters we know and love. I smiled especially at how Captain America and Kyle, husband of Northstar, keep trying to have dinner together. Even the way Wanda thought to call Magneto “Daddy” pulled at the heartstrings. The story should focus more on that.

I don’t necessarily believe that the Trial of Magneto is going to veer off a cliff entirely, but it could. I really hope it doesn’t though because I truly do enjoy where it has been going. Just… get rid of Kaijus and focus on Wanda, or at least tie them together. The aesthetic of a monster can only go so far.

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