Events, especially big ones like AvX, come with a certain amount of compromise. This isn't my favorite story with Magik, and I kind of knew it wouldn't be going into it.
I did love her outfit in this. She should rock something similar and less Phoenix-ish in the future.
While I did enjoy the prominence she gained from the event and the Extinction Team, I really think a different direction is needed with her. We have now had two corruption/quasi-villain stories with her, and they are not very far apart.
What is going to happen next? Hopefully not another jail story. I am ready to move on from that also.
Limbo, her darkside, her demons...all those are probably very fun toys for a writer. I understand why one would want to tell stories involving them. However, there is much more to the character than that. In the Uncanny run, Kieron Gillen was throwing in little scenes that hinted at her returning human side: helping her brother, appreciating beauty in life (even if flowers really are monsters!), supporting Cyclops. She retained her mystery and her edge while doing so.
I absolutely loved how Brian Wood wrote her in Adjectiveless. Her intentions were arguably the most heroic of all of them, and she still kept her dark edge!
That's why my feelings were a bit mixed with the event. I was ecstatic and grateful to see her playing such a big role, but it was a giant curveball with how she was being developed in Uncanny X-Men.
Whatever her future holds, I would love to see something beyond a corruption story. A story focusing on her complicated relationship with Kitty, or her encountering her oldest brother. Maybe hanging with Dani and the gang. Fighting the Baba Yaga. Anything really.
This event might put her and the other Phoenix Five members into an odd situation. Hopefully there is a plan for them post AvX.