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X-Men: Magik - Storm & Illyana [Hardcover]

Chris Claremont , John Buscema , Ron Frenz

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Dec 10 2008 X-Men
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 will she have to fight - and is there even a difference between the two? Also featuring the New Mutants! Collects Magik #1-4.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (Dec 10 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785130934
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785130932
  • Product Dimensions: 26.5 x 17.3 x 1.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #380,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How I fell in love with Illyana April 1 2010
By J. rosario - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This Tale of Magik's Origin is one of the best X-men mini series I ever read. It's a dark story of a little girl losing her innocence and the corruption of her soul by a demon named Belasco. In Uncanny X-men 160 the Team first encounters Belasco and his attempt to take Illyana for a means to use her soul in his plot to let the elder gods, hi masters, into our dimension so he can be ruler of a new age on earth were demons rule. The X-men go in after her into his dimension of limbo where he has lured her to, only to discover other versions of themselves either dead corrupted or turned sorceress. In the end, another version of Storm much older and now a sorceress from her long life in limbo after losing her team of x-men to have once saved Illyana decides to help the present X-men do things different so they will all live. while trying to flee that hell dimension Belasco penetrates old Storm's defenses and grabs onto Illyana's arm n has a tug of war match with Kitty Pryde. Kitty eventually loses her grip but then a second later grabs her again pulling her out only instead of a 7 year old little girl a 13 year old teenager comes out. This story fills in the gap, is the adventure Illyana goes through to become Magik of the New Mutants, how she creates her soulsword and gets her sorceress skills, as well as grow up to a teenager. Her life in limbo was long but to the x-men mere seconds(due to space n time being all distorted and mushy and virtually anything being possible in this hell dimension). In limbo old Storm Teachers her her first lessons as a sorceress and then another version of Kitty teachers her how to survive only to deliver her to the hands of Belasco. To know what happens next pick up the book n find out you wont be disappointed.

Only Problem i Had with this book was that it didn't include uncanny x-men 160 which would have been perfect for completion, as this story starts with basically the end of that issue. The price would have been good if that issue was included but for 4 issues only its a little bit much.(I got it for free so im lookin out for you guys) Thats why it only gets 4 stars instead of 5 either way its a good read and if your a big X-men fan like me then definitely pick it up.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magik's Origin Story Jan. 2 2012
By S. H. Wells - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Collects Magik 1-4

Synopsis:
Originally published in 1983-4, this miniseries gives x-fans the story of what happened to Colossus's little sister in her time in the Limbo. Illyana Rasputin (aka Magik) is lost in Limbo and the X-Men try to rescue her. In the split second when Kitty Pride loses her grip on Magik and when Magik emerges rescued, years pass and in those years Illyana is transformed into one of the most interesting characters in the X-Men universe.

She spends years (moments in our time) training with alternate earth Storm, who is a powerful sorceress. Years training with alternate earth shadowcat, who is a blade-wielding ninja assassin. And years trapped in magical study with Belasco, the demon ruler of Limbo. There is a great climax with some amazing battle scenes.

Pros and Cons:
Pros are easy for this book. There is a great plot that is filled with emotion: a kidnapped girl in a strange place helped by Limbo versions of X-Men we know and love but who are warped by the evil Belasco. The artwork is solid. The only con I can think of is the lack of crossover issues: X-Men #160 (and New Mutants #14) would have been a good inclusion.

Summary:
This is a must-buy book for fans of the New Mutants, since Magik plays such a central role in the series. I would also recommend this graphic novel to other x-fans looking for background.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost 5 stars Dec 9 2012
By Jason - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a great story, but the omission of X-Men #160 seems rather odd. It is really needed to understand the events taking place in this story, and it would have made this book's lightweight page count much more reasonable. I strongly recommend reading #160 prior to this or you might feel lost. Otherwise, this is a great story. The art is good, and the writing, though heavy-handed at times, is generally good. This story really helps develop Illyana's persona and troubled history. And, as a sucker for '80s Storm, she has a very prominent role here.
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Collection of Comics for X-Men/New Mutant Fans March 16 2014
By Kevin M. Derby - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Magik: Storm and Illyana Feb. 22 2014
By Johe Escobar - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I love this book and waited so long to find it!! Great condition and great read! One of my favorite Marvel characters MAGIK!!!

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