The Abandoned An' Forsaked - So Who is Magma After All?

All throughout December, we will be examining comic book stories and ideas that were not only abandoned, but also had the stories/plots specifically "overturned" by a later writer (as if they were a legal precedent). Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of The Abandoned An' Forsaked. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

Today, based on a suggestion from reader Paulo A., we take a look at the strange history of the New Mutant known as Magma...


The New Mutant known as Magma was introduced early on by Chris Claremont in New Mutants (issue #8, to be precise). In #9, she gives her background, as the New Mutants come across what appears to be a Roman colony in the middle of South America!

That was her status quo for years as she became one of the New Mutants. She was from this weird Roman colony. Eventually, she was put into comic book limbo when she and the former Hellion named Empath went to go live in Nova Roma.

After the deaths of the rest of the Hellions in an issue of Uncanny X-Men, Cannonball, Warpath and Firestar went to Nova Roma to let Magma and Empath know (in a New Warriors/X-Force storyline by Fabian Nicieza). Once there, though, they discover that apparently Nova Roma wasn't all it was cracked up to be...

This, again, was the status quo for Magma for a number of years (she did not appear very often, but when she did, that was it - she was Allison Crestmere).

Then Magma was one of a number of mutants who were captured and then crucified on the X-Men's front lawn. Angel used his healing powers to try to save them all through a mass blood transfusion. It did not work for all of them, and in Magma's case, it was just enough to keep her alive - just in a coma. She eventually woke from her coma, though, and then Chris Claremont brought her to the pages of X-Treme X-Men where he promptly just ignored the Alison Crestmore stuff...

Claremont ignored the Crestmere thing for most of Magma's appearances in X-Treme X-Men until he finally addressed it in X-Treme X-Men #46...

WHY Empath made her think she was Allison Crestmere has never been explained.

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