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[personal profile] queenanthai asked to see the original Quest for Magik storyline.  These scans are massive, so watch out for that.  They will mess with your screen.  The art in the prelude (first seven scans here) are crazy pretty, and I like that the students look and feel like teenage youth throughout this arc.  (Some artists end up making them look like young adults or children.)

Some background: This arc comes after one where Cessily (Mercury) was kidnapped so that parts of her may be cut away to provide a skin for Predator X.  Laura (X-23) and Julian (Hellion) went off on their own to save Cessily.  Meanwhile, Noriko (Surge) was squad leader.

Noriko leaves to see Julian trying to comfort Cessily as she sleeps restlessly and asks to talk to him outside.  Ruth (Blindfold) continues telling the story of the stolen child.  The demon lord taught the girl power, while also taking away parts of her soul to create bloodstones.  The girl eventually rebelled against the demon lord and forged the Soulsword and banished the demon lord from Limbo.

Santo thinks that Ruth should have the girl cut off the demon's head.  Victor (Anole) realizes that this is real, this is something that happened to the X-Men, from the files.  Nezhno (Gentle) is trying to meditate, and Josh (Elixir) has something to ask of the Cuckoos:

Ruth continues to tell the story: Belasco waited for an opportunity to return to Limbo, but when he did, someone else had taken up "the mantle of Magik" with the death of the girl.  Cast down, Belasco was able to scrape together some old blood magic and saw reality change in House of M and there, he saw...

Ruth's friends are confused, and she continues her story: Illyana vanishes, but Belasco is determined to take back his old apprentice.  He cuts his way through dimensions back to Limbo and the new Magik turns all of her realm against him.  Week by week, step by step, axe swing by axe swing, Belasco makes his way to the sorceress queen.  He realizes that this Magik is definitely not his Magik and she doesn't even have the true Soulsword.  He cuts her down and throws her out like the deceiver she is.

"Amanda Sefton fell, she fell to Earth two days ago."

Belasco took back control of Limbo and looked toward the light realms.  He could not find his apprentice, but he could smell her on the children last with her.

Because they had gone outside to talk right beforehand, Noriko and Julian do not get pulled into Limbo.  Also, she punches him for putting himself in danger while she was unable to do anything and she is supposed to be responsible for them as squad leader.  Also, Josh's magic touch makes it so David (Prodigy) couldn't even see straight.  When he gets better...

Laura sees the dimensional rip high above them and can see the mansion common room through it.  Josh says that he can heal them all, no matter how hurt they get.  Laura explains, "You misunderstand.  He will not hurt them...he's going to kill them."

Meanwhile, the students in the common room are in another part of Limbo and are immediately set upon by demons.  They defend themselves as best they can, projecting flame, dissolving matter, clawing flesh, drugging with pixie dust:

Santo starts to fire off his limbs at some demons and—

Laura's attacks have no effect on Belasco, who then responds.

Meanwhile, Magik sends her demon to grab Megan.  Nezhno hulks out and stops the demon, but then seizes up and passes out.

Hope (Trance) makes it to Earth and manages to tell Laura and Noriko that they're in Hell.  "His name was Belasco...Belasco killed David..." and her astral projection fades out.  Cessily and Sooraya (Dust) prepare to attack Belasco, who taunts them with their fears and doubts and then blasts them.  "I am the Devil.  And your time in Hell is just beginning."

Noriko and Julian informs O*N*E, who is surrounding the Institute inside giant robots to protect them.  O*N*E tells the two that they're handling things now and they aren't going anywhere.  Yeah, no.  Back in Limbo:

Illyana explains that the only thing that can kill Belasco is a Soulsword, and she's lost hers.  Alani (Loa), Nic (Wolfcub), and Ben (Match) all try to fight Illyana in vain, while Victor is confused by how he hasn't bled out yet.  Illyana traps everyone but Megan in stone.

So, I somehow stayed up for hours doing this and it is now 6 AM, so good morning and the rest after I sleep.

Suggested tags: Creator: Chris Yost, Creator: Craig Kyle, Creator: Skottie Young, Title: New X-Men, char: anole/victor borkowski, char: pixie/megan gwynn, char: blindfold/ruth aldine, char: magik/illyana rasputin, char: rockslide/santo vaccarro, char: match/ben hammil, char: wolfcub/nicholas gleason, char: belasco, char: elixir/josh foley, char: dust/sooraya qadir, char: mercury/cessily kincaid, char: prodigy/david alleyne,

Date: 2010-05-06 05:11 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] theanswer
That's how Pixie should look.

Date: 2010-05-06 03:15 pm (UTC)
twyst: (askuka point)
From: [personal profile] twyst
Agreed, so much.

Date: 2010-05-06 05:27 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tacobob
Wow. Somebody needs to shave their legs! :O

Date: 2010-05-06 05:27 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] afghanant.wordpress.com
.CBR is that you?

Date: 2010-05-06 11:03 pm (UTC)
suzene: (Default)
From: [personal profile] suzene
Implication being that these were yanked out of a .cbr file/torrent rather than actually scanned by the poster.

Date: 2010-05-06 11:04 pm (UTC)
foxhack: (Default)
From: [personal profile] foxhack
And that's bad why?

Hell, I do that all the time. I sure as hell ain't ruining my TPBs.

Date: 2010-05-06 07:54 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rordulum
The art in the last two New X-Men issues he drew was even better. The Children of X-Men story.

Date: 2010-05-06 11:31 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] arilou_skiff
Skottie Young is my art-god. I LOVE his art so much. SO MUCH:

Date: 2010-05-06 03:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] twyst
Agreed. I actually bought a page from Skottie from this arc. It made me really love these characters. Getting their earlier books has been a huge pain tho :(( I have hardly any of them.

Date: 2010-05-06 07:52 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rordulum
The Academy X and New X-Men books should all be available on Amazon in TPB form. The only one I've not been able to get is the original New Mutants run that introduced the majority of them.

Anyway, this book was my favourite X-Men book in God knows how long. Loved the characters, and it's just a shame that so many of them have now almost disappeared.

Hellion had such potential as a heroic, or even villainous, character.

Date: 2010-05-06 08:02 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] twyst
Oh believe me, i have been watching Amazon. Some of the tpbs are 50$, and most are used. I have Young X-Men 1 & 2, and New X-Men 5 (which this is from).
They are all great so far!

Date: 2010-05-06 08:05 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rordulum
Amazon.co.uk has them for £7 each. I don't know if you can get them shipped overseas, though.

Date: 2010-05-06 12:31 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] anewchallenger
Skottie Young's art is what Humberto Ramos' would look like if he had an ounce of actual talent. And it works for a young team book, it really does.

Date: 2010-05-06 12:53 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pyrotwilight
Dust's face!

Date: 2010-05-06 01:38 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] crabby_lioness
Whoa. That was a better telling than I thought the story would get.

Date: 2010-05-06 01:44 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] grazzt
I know Yost and Kyle get a lot of shit for the number of kids they killed off, but I think that their run is not only my favourite with this group of kids, but possibly my favourite out of all the junior X-Men teams.

Date: 2010-05-06 02:45 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] protogarrett
Awesome job scanning all of this. This is one of those stories thats so important in so many characters' histories.

Tell me about it.

Date: 2010-05-06 07:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nefrekeptah
Pixie was just wall decoration before this story happened. It took getting her soul ripped out for anyone to care about the poor girl.

Date: 2010-05-06 03:15 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kaileighblue
Just to be the negative nancy among all the praises. Hate the art.

I'm just annoyed by Marvel editorial as a whole about this book. They told The creators to tone down the action and violence because they wanted a book about kids being kids OVER being super-powered. Then they realize that's not selling as well and yank it from them only to turn it over to guys that just do as much violence as possible.

BLEGH.

Date: 2010-05-06 11:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] suzene
You're not the only one. There was a point where I'd have really liked to have seen Young's art style as animation, but it never really grabbed me in sequential form, especially here -- it was just too busy.

He did have some pages up on his blog ages ago about an urban fantasy project he was working on, but no idea where that's gone.

And yeah, the about-face editorial did on the tone of the book infuriated me. First they insisted on it being sanitized to ridiculous levels because it was "for kids", then they sacked the writers who'd only been doing what they'd been asked to, turned around and let the new guys take a chainsaw to the cast. WTF?

Date: 2010-05-06 04:12 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] queenanthai
Yay, thank you!

Date: 2010-05-06 06:26 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] v_various
"I am the Devil. And your time in Hell is just beginning."

I read that in Jon Lovitz's voice : /

I am...THE DEVIL.

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