Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Gabriel Hernandez Walta
The road to "Axis" begins with the Master of Magnetism's return to Genosha, his greatest failure. The land that saw sixteen million souls die while under Magneto's care, has been converted into a modern-day concentration camp by the Red Skull and his S-Men; it is inevitable then, that Cullen Bunn takes readers to the days of Magnus' childhood, when he was being held in the camps in Auschwitz. This parallel between past and present is the tool used to show how afraid, vulnerable, and even hypocritical Magneto really is, despite his brave facade when attempting to confront the Red Skull. Strange as it may sound, what makes the story scary is the reality on which it's based rather than its fantasy elements. Gabriel Hernandez's pencils are the right match to the dark, helpless, and depressing mood of the plot.
Red Skull and the S-Men by Gabriel Hernandez Walta and Jordie Bellaire