One of the most notorious mutants is being put on trial. Marvel Comics has announced The Trial of Magneto. The upcoming event series will spin directly out of the Hellfire Gala, Marvel’s big X-Men event that kicks off in June. It appears some blood will be spilled at the gala, and Magneto is at the center of it all.
Marvel can’t dig too deep into specifics for the time being. That would spoil the Hellfire Gala for those who plan to read along. But the series comes from writer Leah Williams and artist Lucas Werneck. The event was initially teased with the following artwork.
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The Trial of Magneto is described as follows.
“A horrific murder. A horrifying revelation. A trial that will divide the new mutant nation.
This thrilling saga will threaten the Reign of X and upend the world of mutants. 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. The current team of mutant investigators from Leah Williams’ acclaimed run on X-FACTOR will play a vital role in solving this complex mystery, and fans should pick up X-FACTOR #10, a Hellfire Gala tie-in and the final issue of the series, on June 30 to discover whose tragic fall leads into this new X-Men epic.”
“When has Magneto ever allowed bureaucracy to get between himself and what’s just? 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,” Williams says.
“I am so looking forward to working with Leah, especially with this project,” Werneck says. “Leah has incredible sensitivity in her writing and is able to craft stories that are layered and mysterious and fun for readers so I think she is perfect to write this story. Participating in the Hellfire Gala and now being invited to be part of this project is really a dream.”
Meanwhile, the Hellfire Gala begins on June 2. The X-Men event will be spread across 12 different issues of various titles. Needless to say, the mutants will be quite busy for the rest of the year.
The Trial of Magneto kicks off on August 18.