One of the things I love about comics is the ability to have long drawn-out character development. I especially love it when there is a family legacy involved. Nothing can really top Marvel's Guthrie family in that particular department, but Illyana Rasputin was my first exposure to this kind of storytelling. Some of my earliest comic books were Classic X-Men issues which reprinted those early scenes of Colossus on his Russian farmstead with his little blonde sister running around in the background. Around the same time I was avidly reading the New Mutants and I was pretty giddy when Illyana appeared on the team as Magik. She proved to be quite a handful over the years. She was definitely the tempestuous, dark, and dramatic one of the group. And I must admit I haven't paid attention to her since those early days. This costume on this figure is completely new to me, as is her weaponry. But at least her hairstyle has stayed very consistent over the decades! Let's check out Magik below!
The Book of the Vishanti boxset is amazing. Honestly one of the coolest packaging schemes I've ever seen.
Magik comes with two swords. I'm assuming the big one is her Soulsword (although it's nothing like her thin flaming sword from days or yore). I'm not sure of the story behind the small sword, but in most modern images I've seen she's brandishing both.
Here are some images of Magik from the comics.
The other members of this exclusive box set include an astral projection Dr. Strange, Dormammu, Brother Voodoo, and Hela. All are fantastic figures. As a group, they make great use of translucent plastics in really awesome ways.
Time for some Group and Comparison Pics!
Here she is with her pack-mate Hela.
And the whole 5-Pack Book of the Vishanti gang.