Does anybody have a scan of Illyana getting her crew to jazz up the diner table? I forget what issue it's from. I think the new mutants keep delegating setting up the table to one another.
Yes, Illyana has that dark demonic side...and it shouldn't go anywhere. However..she was also a fun, witty, charming, strong-willed gal with a touch of rebellion in her. Remember this.....writers!
Nanny: The True Phoenix Egg
Sorry, didn't mean to sound harsh; just being a comic book nerd.
You're right about the annual that has Illyana's pet demons giving a makeover to the dining room table... good times.
One of the things that irked me in the New Mutants series was how Illyana's personality changed from issue to issue. In # 14 she felt completely out of place, didn't know how to ask if she could play in the snow with the New Mutants, and envied how "they laugh so easily, while I've forgotten how to cry." This interpretation of Illyana was always my favourite, and it was kept up through the demon bear saga.
Then in # 21 Illyana is leading a slumber party, gossiping with strangers, and giving Rahne the makeover of a lifetime. What a flip-flop. And it always struck me as false that a girl who grew up in Limbo and endured all that happened in the Magik limited series would be like that. I wonder if that was all an act by Illyana to seem normal, but that seems just as unlikely as her becoming a paty-girl after escaping Limbo.
And I also agree with you on her personality shift. I enjoy the sullen brooding Illyana and I often felt that they amped her energy levels to accomidate a certain demographic during the 80's of a mall-girl stereotype (increasing interest in clothes and boys) which could be argued typical of any teenage girl I suppose but we aren't talking about any typical teenage girl.
In Kieron Gillen I TrustKGB since 3/10/11
"Um, blah, blah, blah. And, Girl Power. Feminism, d'you know what I mean?"
And whenever she was a "mall-girl" her personality was the same as Kitty Pryde's. I hate it when writers don't let characters develop as individauls. The mark of a good storyteller is having your characters "get away from you." They never let that happen with Illyana, or most characters for that matter.