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X-Men: Magik - Storm And Illyana (Marvel Premiere Classic #16)

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Illyana Rasputin, little sister of the X-Men's Colossus, entered Limbo as a child and left as a young woman... on the same day In that one day, she spent seven years learning magic from the best of the worst, the blasphemous Belasco The X-Men escaped him, but they're still there nonetheless- some dead and some even worse off Which fellow mutants can Illyana befriend, which ...more
Hardcover, Premiere HC, 104 pages
Published December 10th 2008 by Marvel
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Feb 20, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: yes-i-m-a-geek
These are the types of stories that are usually better left untold, but people always clamor for the telling.

This is the telling of a story that takes place between a couple panels of Uncanny X-Men #160. Which also covers the passing of seven years. It is a story that I always figured was going to be better in my head than on paper, through the little tidbits that got dropped throughout Uncanny and New Mutants about Illyana, but you know they are going to tell it. I think it would have been bet
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
You know when you read a comic and you think "that was boring, I wish I hadn't bothered with that"?

I think I may have physically nodded off whilst reading this, which wouldn't be so strange if it were late in the evening rather than early afternoon whilst I read it. It's a true soporific. A thoroughly irrelevant tale based on an irrelevant character in which nothing of note happens. It's appropriate that this comic is set in limbo because by a strange coincidence I felt like I was in limbo as I
Gary Butler
Apr 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
20th book read in 2016.

Number 272 out of 513 on my all time book list.

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Apr 05, 2013 rated it liked it
It was ok but not exactly what I expected and it just seemed so weird. Ugh am not sure if I really like it lol.
Jenna Scherer
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Illyana Rasputin, man. Girl has got a CHARACTER ARC.
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
A read for the completist X-men fan...and probably not anyone else. This four-issue miniseries fills the gaps left off-panel in previous X-men storyline where Colossus' little sister, Illyana, was rescued from the demon-ruled dimension Limbo, growing seven years in what seemed like an instant.

This series explores what really happened in those seven years. One one side, you have Belasco, the demonic ruler of Limbo, attempting to corrupt Illyana in the dark arts and thus use her as a gateway for s
When Marvel first started publishing the Fantastic Four change was inherent in almost every issue, not so much in early issues of the X-Men, but sometime shortly after Lee and Kirby stopped producing material for the company everything stopped changing. Even under those early years of status quo stagnation, Marvel had some good runs. John Byrne's Fantastic Four, Frank Miller's Daredevil, Peter David's Hulk and Walter Simonson's Thor are good examples. In these change, to a degree, was possible a ...more
Jul 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, x-men
This was a pretty good book, but possibly held back a bit by the time. It couldn't really be as dark as it should have been. Claremont's writing was occasionally repetitive, such as Illyana's narration repeatedly saying how much she wanted to please Belasco and how much she hated wanting to please him. I also would've liked it if Illyana's narration had changed over time, but no, she had pretty much the same voice throughout, sounding the same at 6 as she did at 14. The art, likewise, left a bit ...more
Aug 06, 2016 rated it liked it
The story contained herein (Illyana, Colussus's sister, spends years in a magic realm and reemerges as Magik) is one that I've seen referenced a number of times in other X-Men titles. So I was interested to finally read the full story for myself. But this didn't fully grab me. What I liked (Cat, an alternate version of Kitty Pryde, for example) wasn't featured enough to my taste and what I didn't care for (a lot of the demonic stuff) is primarily what this story consists of. As alternate univers ...more
Shannon Appelcline
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, comics-marvel
Magik! X-Men #160 was amazing, but it left many questions unanswered, like what happened to Illyana in her 7 years in Limbo. The answer could have totally sputtered out, but instead Claremont excels, offering a story almost as great as its predecessor. Part of the joy is seeing these weird, warped version of the X-Men. Part is seeing a bit more of timey-wimeyness. But the best part of the story is simply the terrific depiction of Illyana's apprenticeship: how she went from being an innocent girl ...more
Jan 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics
This is a pretty cool one. John Buscema takes care of the artwork. Although it isn't his best work, it's pretty cool. In my view, this story was published during a transitional phase for the series. It was the early 80's, and comics were starting to take on a slightly darker tone. Recent storylines included the Brood saga, a fight with Dracula, and a trip to Hell. This story is about as grim is they get: the main character is kidnapped by a demon at the age of 7 and is stuck in Limbo for 7 year. ...more
Nov 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Fun mix of super heroes and fantasy, as a throw away bit from an X-men story is filled out into it's own story.

In an alternate universe a version of the X-men travel to a demonic dimension, are trapped there and mostly killed off. The survivors are radically changed. Storm becomes an older mage, Nightcrawler gives into his demonic side and Illyana, sister of Colossus, is trained by a demon to become a mystical, cursed warrior. Kind of a magical Anakin Skywalker.

Very dark story, but has a great f
Dec 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
I would have loved to give this 5 stars because I love Storm and Illyana dearly. This is a fairly small story, clocking in at just around 100 pages, collecting the 4 issue Magik mini-series. I really wish they would have included X-Men #160 because not only would it have upped the page count and made this edition feel a little "meatier," but #160 is essential reading for some of this story to make sense. Some of the writing is heavy-handed at times with the good vs. evil stuff, but it's typicall ...more
Jan 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
This was maybe better than two stars, but what the hell do stars mean, anyway? Chris Claremont was (is?) the king of soapy angst.
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5 stars for the whole limited series
because with out this miniseries we wouldnt get magik or any of her amazing stories in both new mutants or other x men titles
Jun 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Not terrible, but there's not really much here of any import. It can safely be skipped without really missing anything in the X-universe at large.
Mar 10, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5-ish. Review later.
Morbus Iff
Slow to start, but by the fourth issue, her inner dialogue was awesome. Time compression made it feel like the growth it was.
Aaron Stephens
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Poor Illyana..
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Chris Claremont is a writer of American comic books, best known for his 16-year (1975-1991) stint on Uncanny X-Men, during which the series became one of the comic book industry's most successful properties.

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