After the end of Quest for Magik story arc, she wants to retrieve her innocent soul and become human again.
Will the Darkchilde Illyana retrieve her innocent soul?
I know it's not fun for the fans, I myself would be angry if someone made a coldblooded murderous bitch out of my favorite character, but I liked Illyana back in the Exiles, where she was absolutely badass and cruel but yet interesting, and I never read much about her former self, so she made me VERY impressed, I haven't liked new characters for a long time now and it's cool to find her.
Correction: she was missing parts of her good soul and the holes were filled with black magic. If she allows it to consume her, she'll definitely go evil. The 'Storm and Illyana Magik' mini series from the 80's talks about trying to overcome the evil within and is like a metaphor for child abduction. When reading Magik, think of her as a jungian shadow arch type and the evil within is a metaphor for humanities darker impulses.
I think they need to give us a few more events with her before giving her soul back. I do think, though, that in virtue of Q4M, this could be an epic arc in a new NEW X-men series. Surge, Proj, Hellion (sans hands, or with Elixer's help), Elixer, Anole, Pixie, Juggerlossus, Kitty, X23, Merc, Dust, Rockslide, and maybe a few more... seems mega-solid.
@244: She recovered her soul, but not her inocence, at least that's why I think she went back to dark behavior
It isn't so much that she retains her dark behavior, but it's more like she has become so broken now from all the bad experiences she had to endure. Being abducted when she was a child and going through demonic possession. I thought things would turn for the better after recovering her soul but I didn't realized how warped her mind has become now. I take it she probably has a negative outlook in life now.
Wow. Has to be one of the oldest threads someone revived. I think her soul is fine.
Regaining parts of her soul is the easy part (if you look at it that way), now the hard part is Magik finding an identity for herself and where she fits in in the rest of the world. The majority of the X-men sees her as a monster and sadly, she's accepted it.
@244: I never understood this, Is her soul still corrupted by belasco? what do you think?
I don't know to be honest. The Magik that came back as her demonic self was recreated by memories of her in Limbo (Magik's Limbo to be exact) but came back wrong because her soul was missing. Demon Magik believes that by reclaiming the missing fragments of her soul, she can become human again.
Illyana has always been complicated, even when she wasn't in this predicament she was known for being stoic with difficulty relating to others. I believe in the end of her origin solo series, when she goes to Westchester to be with the New Mutants, she describes still feeling deeply affected by her time in Limbo. That whole series was so poignant and beautiful, if you read it you'll see she was always a darker character.
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