Dazzler, Dazzler, Dazzler!
Although I’m a little confused why Alison would tell Fabio that she was a “duly-deputized agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” since I though the plan was for her to infiltrate the Brotherhood, I’m going to put aside that confusion and just celebrate that she’s back! Bendis clearly has plans for her and I, for one, can’t wait to see what they are.
The rest of the issue is a pretty staid affair, though Magneto and Scott’s conversation is an important one. Although it starts off somewhat dull, with Magneto spending a lot of panels stating the obvious – that Scott doesn’t trust him – Bendis eventually takes it to a much more interesting place, with Magneto telling Scott that he can’t absolve him of his sins (or, really, forgive him for them). Magneto makes it clear that Scott is going to have to get there himself, though assures him that no one wants Scott to get there more than him, so that Scott can lead the mutant race to a better place. I actually believe Magneto, in part because I believe that he does view the government as trying to eliminate them and sees Scott as the only person who could reasonably keep that from happening. As Magneto himself says, he’s been in the game too long and isn’t looking to challenge Scott for leadership. It’s an important moment, because it forces Scott to take responsibility, fully, for his actions. He can't justify morally ambiguous actions with the belief that he's taking them to fend off Magneto. As Magneto himself says, he’s not going to be the force against which Scott fights to make himself better; Scott has to do that on his own. Essentially, it's all on Scott, just like he's always wanted.
But, it’s here where we get to the important part, because Scott does come to Magneto to improve himself, but not by using Magneto as a punisher, as Magneto thought he would, but as a teacher. Scott wants them to re-teach themselves their powers, with Magneto essentially stepping into the role of Professor X. Talk about a moment. Magneto more or less leaves Scott alone with his demons (lonely at the top yet again), but pledges to work with him on a much more practical basis. Fascinating stuff, really.