Illyana Rasputin, better known as Magik, holds an odd spot in the X-Men pantheon. Despite her older brother being Colossus and her best friend being Kitty Pryde, Magik is a bit of a fish out of water with Marvel’s leading Mutants. Part of that comes from her odd origin but part of that is the result of her demonic and magical powers. While Magik’s teleportation power is technically a result of her being a mutant, that often seems a bit strained and readers can be excused if they see her as more of a sorcerer type.
While she’s generally a better fit in a supporting role with the X-Men or more of a lead one for the New Mutants, “Magik: Storm and Illyana” puts Magik on center stage. Despite the title, Storm is not the main focus of this collection of comics. Instead, the reader follows Illyana’s strange origin as she fights demons--internal and external--and grows to become a heroine. It’s a compelling character driven story penned by Chris Claremont. Despite three artists handling pencils--John Buscema, Sal Buscema and Ron Franz--the art is surprisingly consistent.
Marvel should have included X-Men 160 to make this book less confusing but, on the whole, comics fans should enjoy this collection. Recommended to X-Men fans, especially those of Magik.