When we last left off, Sooraya and Cessily were fighting Belasco like the fierce ladies they are. Illyana was excising Megan's soul, and Noriko, Julian, and O*N*E are trying to figure out a way to save everyone from Limbo. (Also, mods, I have more than seven pages from each of two issues here, but they each had thirty pages of content including Endangered Species, where Beast is running around doing SCIENCE! to save the mutant population. I can try to cut it back down if that does not count.)
They find Amanda Sefton, who was in a coma and on the verge of death. Noriko shocks her back. Amanda says that "Belasco is coming for the children," and that they need to find Nightcrawler, who has the Soulsword. But he's in SPACE. "They're dead, then. The X-Men...the students...they're all dead."
"Shut up and get dressed. You're taking us to Limbo."
( Now. )
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.
Our look at the complicated relationship between X-23 and Hellion in Craig Kyle and Chris Yost's New X-Men concludes: everybody goes to Hell, another couple's drama viciously intersects with theirs, poor Julian gets traumatized some more, and then everything ends unresolved.