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The Most Popular X-Cards of August and All Time

1 Sep

Now that we’ve checked out all 99 normal cards (there’s just the checklist and the holograms left!), it’s time once again to look back at the most popular cards of the past month.

  1. Dazzler
  2. X-Men Blue Strike Force
  3. Dark Phoenix
  4. X-Men Gold Strike Force
  5. X-Factor
  6. Magik
  7. Excalibur
  8. Beast
  9. Wolverine

Meanwhile, as of the end of August 2011, here are the top-10 most viewed posts of all time. Relatively similar compared to last month, though Beast jumps Maverick for #3, Wolverine jumps from 8 to 5, Deadpool enters the list at #8, and Havok falls from #6 to #9.

  1. Banshee
  2. Psylocke
  3. Beast
  4. Maverick
  5. Wolverine
  6. Lockheed
  7. Gambit
  8. Deadpool
  9. Havok
  10. Professor X

Which post has been your favorite so far?

84 – MAGIK

8 Aug

Subject: Magik
Real Name: Illyana Rasputin
Height: 5’5″ Weight: 120 lbs.
First Appearance: Giant-Size X-Men #1, May 1975 (as Illyana), Magik Limited Series #1, December 1983 (as Magik)

Power Ratings:

  • Energy Projection: 2/7
  • Mental Powers: 2/7
  • Strength: 2/7
  • Fighting Ability: 5/7
  • Intelligence: 2/7

I will admit: my first memory of Illyana Rasputin was in X-Men #20, when it was being revealed that she was the first victim of Stryfe‘s Legacy Virus. Even the concept of New Mutants and Magik was quite foreign to me at the time. Of course she was involved in a storyline right before then (in issues 17 and 18), which I never had (and continue to not) have access to. X-Men #20 was published May 1993, a month after I first arrived as a 9-year-old in the United States. And since comics take a while to have reached the Philippines back then, that explains the gap in my childhood collection.

Magik is again one of those peripheral characters that kind of led the way for the X-Men to get themselves into non-earth non-mutant related adventures, this time around to the realm of dark sorcery with the devil-like villain Belasco. I just recently read this first adventure, wherein a seven-year-old Illyana was kidnapped and returned to Colossus (her brother) having doubled in age, presumably having been confined in the dark realm the entire time and raised to be a dark sorceress. What a terrible way to go through your tweens (okay, the normal way is also pretty terrible).

The card biography refers to the fact that by this point in the continuity Magik had reverted to her 7-year-old self after effectively martyring herself for her fellow New Mutants, so it’s somewhat odd to see portrayed as her Soulsword-wielding, teleporting teenage self. Then again, this section IS called “Ex-X-Men” so I guess it’s okay.

The art in this is satisfactory, with a strong pose (that luckily doesn’t over-sexualize her) making up for the otherwise sparse detailwork. There’s a just-barely comical use of 90’s computer-generated imagery with the coloring of her teleportation disc, which really could’ve been much much worse.

Finally her Power Ratings are confusing; I can’t tell if it’s supposed to be representative of her “current” 7-year-old state, or her teenage state; if the former , a 5/7 in Fighting Ability seems to be stretching it, but if the latter, her Energy Projection rating seems paltry, at least if you’d consider her Soulsword and teleportation discs to be energy projections (I would).