New X-Men (2004 Series) #37
Quick Rating: Good
Title: The Quest for Magik Prelude
Does Blindfold sense Magik’s return?
Writers: Craig Kyle & Chris Yost
Pencils: Skottie Young
Inks: Sean Parsons
Colors: Skottie Young & Jean-Francois-Beaulieu
Storybook Page Art: Niko Henrichon
Letters: Dave Sharpe
Editor: Nick Lowe
Cover Art: Niko Henrichon
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Well, her brother’s alive again, I guess it was Magik’s turn. On an ordinary evening at the X-Mansion, several of the young heroes are entertaining each other by telling stories. When it’s Blindfold’s turn, though, she begins to describe a tale from the X-Men’s past – that of Illyana Rasputin, the girl called Magik. And the story doesn’t end with her demise.
There’s good and bad in this issue. The good is in the presentation. If they’re going to do a Magik storyline, it’s best that they give newer readers a solid recap on her past, and as recaps go, this one is pretty strong and fairly entertaining. The problem is that the issue is literally nothing but recap. Until the last page, there’s not really any plot progression. Well, there’s a strange scene involving Josh and the Cuckoos sneaking into Hank McCoy’s bedroom, but that’s just kinda disturbing.
The artwork is another strong point. Skottie Young does the basic scenes, and he does a fine job that’s well in keeping with the tone of the series. Niko Henrichon’s artwork, however, is really a standout in this book. Henrichon provides the art for the “storybook” scenes, and does a GREAT job. These pages would be perfectly in keeping with a beautiful fantasy comic book – lush, rich and enchanting.
The story is just okay, although I’m really burned out on all the resurrections we’ve seen lately. (What happened to “dead means dead?”) Still, if it gets us more Henrichon artwork, I’ll take it.