Bunn on his Magneto book:http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page ... e&id=49583
I'm drawn to the idea of a more grounded Magneto, a dark angel who has had his wings clipped to some degree. He's drifting from place to place, staying off the grid. He's investigating threats to mutants, taking them out in their early stages, before they become more dangerous. And he's acting with extreme prejudice.
There is so much room to really delve into Magneto as a character -- to look at the things that make him tick in some new ways. And the story has so much room to explore the Marvel Universe, to grow and expand. There's opportunity here to tell some quiet stories as well as really epic tales.
Another thing I'm excited about is the idea of Magneto as this urban legend -- almost like a ghost story that is told on dark nights. Magneto is a scary, scary guy, and when he makes an appearance it leaves scars.
Magneto sees himself as the ultimate deterrent. If you mess with mutants, he'll find you -- and that's a meeting that will not end prettily. He will not tolerate even the most minor slight against his people, because he feels that the tiniest leniency just opens the door to be stabbed in the back. With new mutants popping up all over the world, he doesn't feel as if he has the luxury of mercy.
Initially, we'll be playing with the theme of power versus powerlessness. Why do people want power? What are the unexpected consequences? What will they do with this power? These are questions for Magneto as well as others. Right now, Magneto's powers are out-of-whack. He's weakened, and he has to curtail his activities accordingly. In going after these "lesser" threats, though, he's tapping into a brutal side of his personality.
The question then becomes -- if Magneto is pitiless and hardcore when he is low on power, what on Earth would happen if he ever reached his full potential again? Would he temper it back? Or will there be too much blood in the water by that time?
I like what I hear. Seems to be going back to his roots.