When Marvel unveiled their plans to have Magik and Madelyne Pryor go toe to toe for rulership of Limbo, fans were immediately excited. New Mutants #25 doesn’t disappoint in how it goes about delivering that arc, especially for Magik fans –though probably not in the way you think.
Readers who are expecting some big brawl between Pryor and Magik in this issue will be disappointed, but what does unravel instead is a plot that honors both Madelyne and Magik’s histories. Ayala is intensely careful with how they address Magik’s past, and you can see their love for this character just brimming from every page.
Magik gets some great beats of character development, particularly in the realm of her being a trauma survivor and just moving on from the pain of her past. Madelyne’s arc kind of mirrors that too as she also is trying to move on now that she’s been resurrected and given a new start on Krakoa.
Rod Reis’ art is gorgeous as always, and there are truly few better duos at Marvel Comics than that of Vita Ayala and Rod Reis. Together, the two have been an absolute dream team, taking the New Mutants title to exciting new heights.
The battle for Limbo that we do get, however, is much more exciting than the one you thought we were getting. Sure, Madelyne and Illyana fighting over Limbo sounds fun on paper, but the story Ayala introduces here feels far juicier. They take Illyana’s character in such a new direction that it’s the most interesting thing to happen to her since the Krakoa era started. This story is just getting started, and I for one can’t wait to see where it goes.
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