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,