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The Uncanny X-Men Revolution: Magik

Brian Michael Bendis unravels a bit of the mystery swirling around the mutant sorceress!

Uncanny X-Men #1 cover by Chris Bachalo

By Brett White

With mutantkind bouncing back from the brink of extinction, one man has shown the willingness to do whatever it takes to ensure their survival.

That man? Scott Summers, aka Cyclops, the former figurehead of the mutant race whose recent actions have taken him from messiah to pariah. Now the self-appointed leader of a revolution, Cyclops has gathered a team of X-Men with one purpose: recruit the next generation first.

UNCANNY X-MEN, written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Chris Bachalo, marks the return of the long-running, flagship X-Men series, just in time to chart the course of mutantkind’s future.

The teleporting sorceress Illyana Rasputin, known as Magik stands out as the most mysterious member of Cyclops' team. Despite her long history with the X-Men, and her blood relation to the stalwart Colossus, Magik’s recent personal motives and extreme actions during Avengers Vs. X-Men make her every move in the Charles Xavier School suspect.

Brian Michael Bendis reveals more about Magik.

Marvel.com: Let’s move on to Magik. Magik is one of the few teleporters that is still active. Most of them were killed during Second Coming.

Brian Michael Bendis: Here is what’s going on with Magik: her powers are also damaged, due to what happened during Avengers Vs. X-Men. Except with her, it seems to have been for the better. She’s become a more powerful mutant. She has an expertise that she did not have before. She has access to limbo energies that she did not have before. Things are moving at such a fast clip that she’s not looking into how this happened or why this is happening. There will be a price to pay for what she’s doing and why she’s doing it.

Uncanny X-Men #2 preview art by Chris Bachalo

Marvel.com: It’s interesting that Magik has risen up to this Emma Frost/Magneto/Cyclops level of involvement. She was in the periphery of the New Mutants originally and then dead for a long time; now she’s in the big leagues.

Brian Michael Bendis: She was part of the Phoenix Five and they were all sucked into each other’s brains during that. Cyclops lost friends, a lover, and a lot of things during the Phoenix situation. I think he wants her close, I think she’s very useful and she’s one of the last things he gets to hold on to from his glory days. If Colossus ever comes back, he thinks that having her there would be a benefit. Cyclops doesn’t know about all the bad things that happened between the two of them. That will reveal itself down the line. There’s a lot of power being used by Magik, and that comes with a price. The price will reveal itself and not too long from now.

Marvel.com: Magik grew up in Limbo. Does she identify as a mutant? She didn’t grow up on Earth and isn’t well socialized. What’s her investment?

Brian Michael Bendis: I’m not even sure how old she really is. What’s her mental state? Is she nine?

Marvel.com: She’s one of the more confusing characters.

Brian Michael Bendis: That’s what I like. There’s stuff there to examine. This is the great thing about writing the X-Men. Would I have invented a character this messed up? No. But having it in front of me gives me the opportunity to write some very interesting things about people that I would not have explored it on my own.

You’ve touched upon something very interesting there. How much of her does she say to herself, “Well, I’m a mutant.” She’s all these other things as well.

Magik by Chris Bachalo

Marvel.com: She’s a sorceress. She was the ruler of Limbo for a while.

Brian Michael Bendis: This is a question that will be asked by many of these new mutants. “Okay, I’m a mutant. Does that have to take up every second of my day?” Look at it as a religion or a race. I’m Jewish, and I’m proud to be Jewish but I don’t do anything about it. How Jewish am I? I don’t know.

Marvel.com: Are you willing to risk your life and go to battle for them?

Brian Michael Bendis: Of course you want to say yes! And I do stand proudly as a Jew because I hate people who hate Jews. I want them to know. It’s an interesting thing and it’s something these new mutants will be dealing with. “I don’t believe in it and I don’t want to deal with it. Can I go back to my job?”

Pre-order UNCANNY X-MEN #1 now and be back here tomorrow as Brian Bendis talks new mutants!

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wait... he is the writer of uncanny x-men, with magik as a main character, but he doesn't know what her mental state is? or her age? i'm confused. i have to be misunderstanding this. does marvel not require their writers to study the characters they use?