Conclusion to the "Fall of Avalon" arc.
Part 2 of the "Fall of Avalon" arc.
The "Fall of Avalon" story is one that I never took notice of until much later (see ComicVine member Daffodil).
In it, the Acolytes home base of Avalon is destroyed and its surviving teammates--Frenzy, Scanner, Unuscione, and the Kleinstock Brothers--must work together with the X-Men's leader Cyclops to survive as they search for civilization in a deserted part of Australia.
The Acolytes really get a good dosage of characterization here not only as villains but really as human beings. As survival instincts take over, you really start to root for them as the protagonists and its a shame that between all the questionable members the X-Men have had over the years, these five were not given a second glance.
This issue is one of the funniest, most well rounded issues I've read. Up to this point in the series, nearly every issue has been a home run and I feel issue 14 is where the book reaches one of its peaks.
Monet and Siryn begin their 'odd couple' friendship in this issue while Rictor and Madrox have a hilarious conversation at the bar. Even perennial least favorite X-Factor member Strong Guy gets a heartwarming scene with the wife of a man Guido had killed while brainwashed by X-Factor rival Damian Tryp.
When Academy X instructor Northstar is killed during Wolverine's mini-event "Enemy of the State", the entire school mourns the loss of the X-Men's resident speedster.
The news is particularly hard on the school jerk, Julian Keller (also known as Hellion), who had clashed with Northstar in New X-Men's predecessor, New Mutants volume two.
As he and his love interest, Sofia Mantega (the New Mutants' Wind Dancer), fly through the sky to reflect on his losses, the pair revisit the early beginnings of their love-hate relationship that brings another touching angle to this emotion-filled issue.
Simply put, "Quest for Magik" was the New X-Men: Academy X's best story arc because it put aside its relentless need to be angsty and dark and brought the book and its team some levity in this explosively fun arc.
When peculiar precognitive mutant Blindfold begins to weave a tale about deceased mutant Ilyanna Rasputin, the floor breaks beneath a group of animated young mutants who enter the demonic realm known as Limbo.
There a soulless version of Rasputin named Darkchylde is on a desperate search for her soul so she can take her rightful place as ruler of Limbo. While the rest of the student body and its teachers are held captive, a group of underdeveloped background students step to the forefront and save the day.
Skottie Young's energetic pencils really provide a sense of surrealism and animation to this enchanting tale that could easily find its way onto a moving picture screen someday.
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