New X-Men # 41
The "Quest For Magik" concludes, as the Darkchilde seeks vengeance against Belasco for resurrecting her without her soul, and casting her out of Limbo to fend for herself. Meanwhile, the students of the Xavier Institute of Higher Learning are being tormented by the demonic sorcerer, who demands to know where Illyana Rasputin is following the events of House of M. Darkchilde attempts to teach Pixie magic, in order to create a new Soulsword with which to kill Belasco, and regain control of Limbo.
First off, let me admit I am not the biggest fan of Skottie Young's art. Not every artist can produce works on the scale of Alex Ross, Adam Hughes, and the Hildebrandt Brothers on a regular basis, but the pencils are too cartoonish for my taste. It reminds me a lot of Kaare Andrews' work. Some people like that, I thought the resurrection of Illyana Rasputin warranted something a bit more...I don't know "epic"? It's taken me some time to get used to Christopher Yost and Craig Kyle's re-introduction of my favorite character into the Marvel Universe, but as I have watched the story unfold in the pages of the New Mutants, I must say the writers are working together to make Magik's tale even more disheartening. Kudos! Little Snowflake not only gets pulled from the abyss, but is then disowned for not being herself. What's a girl to do? Illyana intends to collect five blood stones, and summon the Elder Gods. It's a natural inclination that comes with being a soulless construct. I give New X-Men # 41 3 out of 5 stars. The storytelling was fair, but the art did not speak to me. The arc as a whole could have been so much better if handled by a different artist.