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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Illyana Rasputin Magik Key Comics Part 3

We are finally at Part 3. We'll finally for me.

This Illyana Rasputin Magik key comics series has taken me a lot more time than expected, but then again I think I've put in quite a bit of information considering. I had to drop the other five requests just to focus on one, and since this was requested while I was already working on it, I figured I'll just have to focus on one and move onto the next.

So in Part 1 & 2, I discussed a bit about Newsstands Canadian Newsstand price variants, and Direct Editions during the 80s. I do not think every title got a Direct Edition during the early 80s or a Newsstand Edition during the later 80s to the present.

I won't be talking about Newsstands in Part 3 at all or whatsoever, and I'll be wrapping it up with this series at least for the meantime. Alright, click this Part 2 link if you missed it. Let's wrap this up.

1st Amanda Sefton as Magik

She was once known as Daytripper, but in this comic, we see the character obtain the Soulsword from Kitty Pryde and become the new Magik. Amanda Sefton is the 2nd character to take up the mantle, and this comic was part of a limited 5 issue series.

She even becomes the new ruler of Limbo while Illyana is...err...supposedly dead. Apparently when Amanda assumes the Magik mantle, it becomes unclear if Illyana's teleportation powers are mutant-related since Amanda can also control the stepping discs and they're somehow linked to Limbo instead.

Gotta love new changes. Okay, not really.  

Amanda would later be dethroned when Illyana returns in the New X-Men volume 2 comic series. She falls from Limbo and states that he's coming back, and the "he" refers to Belasco.

There is also a Dynamic Forces variant cover by Jae Lee that's exclusive to 5,000 copies. Regular cover to this issue has an estimated print run of roughly around 60,782 and is by Vince Evans. November, 2000 is the cover date for X-Men: Black Sun #1.

1st appearance of House of M Illyana Rasputin
1st appearance of House of M Hellions
Magik joins Hellions

During the events of House of M which Scarlet Witch basically screws up the entire Marvel Universe and depowers tons of mutants, Illyana returns as a regular recurring character in comics. So in the House of M reality of Earth-58163, Illyana is a member of the Hellions, and the team is overseen by S.H.I.E.L.D.

She is revived during the House of M, but when reality returned to normal, the character disappeared again. She would not be in this continuity for very long, but she would be resurrected.

Reguar cover estimated print run of this issue is roughly around 44,842. There is a 2nd printing, but not sure of variants.

New X-Men #16 volume 2 has the cover date of September, 2005.

Begins return of Illyana

In New X-Men #38, somehow Illyana is once again back in Limo as the Darkchild, but she is soulless. Belasco could feel that Illyana was alive during the House of M event, and he searches across Limbo for his apprentice.

This story arc which begins with this issue to issue #41 and would then be continued in X-Men: Divided We Stand #2 and then in the X-Infernus limited series.

In the New X-Men series, Darkchild realizes that Pixie is the most innocent and pure of souls and wants to use her soul to create a new Soulsword since the Darkchild cannot. Once again, back to the soulless part.

However, the process is disturbed and only one Bloodstone and a Souldagger is created, resulting in black magic filling the hole in her soul left behind in the knife's creation. Pixie is no longer innocent as well.

Magik as the Darkchild sends Pixie back to save her friends and students, and she stabs and kills Belasco with the Souldagger. After this, Magik still wants to use Pixie's soul to create more Bloodstones, but her brother Colossus appears.

Disgusted with herself, she teleports the students back to the Xavier Institute. Her brother pleads to let him help her, but she refuses and sends him back, sealing off all portals to Limbo (New X-Men #41).

New X-Men #38 volume 2 has the cover date of July, 2007. It marks the beginning of Illyana returning to mainstream comics and continuity.

Illyana Rasputin returns to Earth

Darkchilde or Darkchylde in this series is the 2nd comic title and limited series devoted to Illyana Rasputin. The X-Men are supporting characters in this comic series. 

In this series, she is determined to find her soul and reclaim it even if that means conquering Earth. While New X-Men #38 and #41 set up Illyana's return to Marvel continuity, this series definitely sees the return of Illyana Rasputin by issue #4.

So Illyana goes on a rampage in order to reclaim her soul and find her Soulsword. Belasco is dead by this time, but Witchfire takes over his role, and as his daughter, becomes the adversary to Illyana in this series.

Unfortunately, at the end of this limited 4 issue series, Illyana does not recover her soul and Pixie ends up losing more of hers.  In the end, she teleports them back to the X-Men compound and tries to teleport back but is convinced to stay.

Magik does find her Soulsword, but Witchfire escapes with the Bloodstones that contain Illyana's soul. Regular cover to X-Infernus #1 has an estimated print run of 48,410. There is a 1:20 Incentive Retailer cover by J. Scott Campbell. That may put the variant cover around 2,400 or 2,500.

Welcome back to Earth, Magik! Both covers are pretty cool but I do like the regular Darkchylde one better.

Here are the covers and variant covers to issue #2-4. X-Infernus #1 has the cover date of February, 2009.

Rejoins New Mutants

Illyana as Magik fully rejoins the X-Men world in this issue and rejoins the New Mutants again. Her old team mates of Cannonball, Karma, Sunspot, and Magma also rejoin the team as the X-Men's New Mutant squad though the team members aren't so new anymore.

Magik or Illyana Rasputin would once again be a recurring member of the New Mutants in this series, but she would leave around issue #29 and join the X-Men's Extinction team.

There are two regular covers to this issue. I think this is the 1B but not sure. Conflicting info when it comes to that but this is the Alex Ross cover. I'm also not sure if this was a split or a 50/50 split with the Adam Kubert cover shown above.

Marvel's site does say that the Alex Ross cover is a 50/50. Anyway, the print run estimate is roughly around 55,734. Not sure if that's just for the Kubert cover or the total of both the Kubert and Ross covers. Gonna have to ask about that.

There is a 1:25 variant by Bob McLeod. This variant could be around 2,200 or 2,300. When it comes to the other limited variant by Benjamin, I have no idea just how limited it is.

McLeod 1:25 variant | Wizard World Philly Dynamic Forces variant

There is the Wizard World Philly partial sketch cover that's limited to around 1,600 roughly, and the Dynamic Forces Alex Ross cover limited to only 699. Ay, caramba!

July, 2009 is the cover date to New Mutants #1 volume 3.

1st appearance of Extinction Team
Magik joins Extinction Team

After the events of Schism written by Paul Jenkins, the X-Men split into two different factions. The team led by Wolverine leaves Utopia and some of the team stay with Cyclops.

I believe this comic series is still affected by the aftermath of House of M where 99.9% of the mutant population is gone due to Scarlet Witch. The Extinction Team was a crisis prevention team that was formed to defeat any threat posed to man or mutants.

The members are the heavy hitters of those who sided with Cyclops on the philosophical differences he and Wolverine had. Magik joins the team in this issue.

Regular cover is estimated roughly at 109,911. There's a 1:25 limited retailer incentive cover by Frank Cho that might be around 4,000 to 4,300 estimated copies, and a 1:15 cover by Dale Keown that might be roughly around 7,000 copies.

1:15 Dale Keown variant | 1:25 Frank Cho variant
January, 2012 is the cover date for Uncanny X-Men #1 volume 2.

1st appearance of Phoenix Five
Magik becomes Phoenix

Things get even more hairy for the character of Magik and the X-Men. Looks like the Phoenix Force splits it's powers among five mutants.

The lucky mutants are Cyclops, Magik, Colossus, Emma Frost, and Namor. Each of the five Phoenix Five would reshape the world into a more peaceful place, but they would also be corrupted as well.

Namor would invade Wakanda. Emma Frost would kill someone who murdered a mutant long ago. In the end, the sole avatar of the Phoenix would only to go to one member.

Don't want to give away too much in case someone out there is actually interested in reading the comic event. The Phoenix Five isn't a group that lasts long, and therefore Magik isn't part of the group or a Phoenix avatar for long either.

Quite a lot of variants for this one, and the regular cover had a pretty big print run with roughly 186,555. There is the 1:200 sketch variant of the 1:100 retailer incentive cover which would put the 1:200 around 900 or 1,000. The 1:100 would be around 1,800 to 2,000, and both covers are by Roger Stegman.

1:25 Keown variant | partial sketch covers | Stegman 1:100 & 1:200 sketch variant

There's also a 1:25 cover by Dale Keown and the estimated print run is around 7,000 to 7,500. There are even partial sketch variants of this cover, but have no idea what the print run is remotely around for those.

August, 2012 is the cover date for Avengers vs. X-Men #5.

Illyana absorbs Limbo

Part of the Marvel Now deal, Dormammu takes on Magik and brings her and the X-Men team back to Limbo. In this issue, she ends up absorbing all of Limbo, making demons and it's magical creatures disappear. She holds the entirety of Limbo within herself, and by the end of the issue she seeks Doctor Strange's help to learn more about magic and help better control her Darkchilde persona. Strange agrees to her request.

This story is continued from issue #6 in which Dormammu informs that Illyana destroys Limbo bit by bit every time she uses her magical powers. Regular cover has an estimated print run of about 73,719.

Limited 1:20 variant cover by Ronnie Del Carmen. Estimated print run for this retailer incentive might be around 3,600.

Uncanny X-Men #7 volume 3 has the cover date of August, 2013.

When it comes to the most recent stuff and all the reboots of the Marvel Universe, I get headaches trying to remotely even understand what's going on. Marvel Now, All-New All-Different Marvel, and then bringing back Marvel Now after another huge Marvel event?

It gets a bit much, and just one of the other various reasons I have little to no interest in reading the new stuff. In terms of the character of Magik, she appears as a recurring character in most X-titles including All New X-Men, Uncanny X-Men volume 3, and Extraordinary X-Men.

In terms of the character of Amanda Sefton, she first debuts in X-Men #98 from the 1st series. She joins Exalibuer and first appeared as Daytripper in Excalibur #75 volume 1, and she did have her first four issue limited series as the character of Magik back in 2000-2001. 

X-Men #98 1st Amanda Sefton | Excalibur #1 1st Daytripper | Magik 1 2000 series

Alright, I'm gonna stop here with Part 3. This has taken me an amazing amount of time to complete. Hope you enjoyed and see ya back here for more comic mayhem. Good luck hunting or dumping!


  1. Hey M.,

    Part 1 really gave some order into the history of that character. Thanks for that. As for Part 2 & 3, I don' t follow the developments of the modern age X-Men stories, so those parts were probably lost on me. Gotta admit though I bought Uncanny X-Men 7 Vol. 3 some time ago because of the nice art.

    Max Rebo

    1. Heya Rebo, I'm with ya there. The more I'm actually forced into reading the newer stuff, the more crap load of confusing it gets. It gets confusing when they try to reboot stuff.

  2. Just wanted to say thanks for the info I know it took a long time to write