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The Far Too Long Search for Karma's Missing Brother and Sister

This is "Provide Some Answers," which is a feature where long unresolved plot points are eventually resolved.

One of the biggest problems with less famous comic book characters is that when they go off on quests, they have to hope that there is somebody out there who actually cares about them, because otherwise, that quest is just an easy way to explain why they are not around any more. "Where's Character X?" "Oh, there still out there doing that quest they set off on."

Karma (Xi'an Coy Manh) was the first of the New Mutants to actually show up in the comics, as she made her bow in Marvel Team-Up #100, well before the introduction of the New Mutants officially in Marvel Graphic Novel #4.

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In the story, by Chris Claremont, Frank Miller and Bob Wiacek, a Vietnamese general visits New York with his two nephews and his niece...

Bizarrely, Spider-Man shows up speaking Vietnamese and trying to kidnap the two young twins!

He is ultimately defeated by the older brother of the twins, as well as the Fantastic Four, who were at the party that the general was attending...

As it turned out, Spider-Man had been possessed by the young mutant Xi'an, who was trying desperately to get her younger siblings back from her evil uncle. She told Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four her sad background...

They agree to help her and in the final battle, Xi'an is forced to kill her twin brother and absorb his soul into her own. She is now reunited with her younger siblings, who she is not the caretaker of...

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She then joined the New Mutants when they eventually formed. She went missing for a while when she was believed to be dead, but had actually been possessed by the Shadow King. She recovered and returned to the New Mutants. Her priest friend took care of her siblings during this period in time.

However, just a year into her return to the group, the Mutant Masscare took place and when Xi'an went to check in on her brother and sister to make sure that they were okay in New Mutants #46 (by Chris Claremont, Jackson Guice and Kyle Baker), they did not answer the phone...

Magik teleported her to her apartment and things did not go well...

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Xi'an continued to search for her brother and sister over the next year. She even allowed her headmaster, Magneto, to use his connections in the Hellfire Club (which he joined to help keep them under control) to find her brother and sister and he agreed. Still, nothing, so in New Mutants #54 (by Claremont, Sal Buscema and Terry Austin), she broke into the Hellfire Club to see if they really had no leads...

The rest of the New Mutants were caught up in their own problems but at the end of the issue, they discover that Karma has left the team to look for her siblings...

That was 1987. Her siblings were not found until 1997!

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