MAGMA: Page 3 of 5

Publication Date: 9th Sep 2021
Written By: Peter Luzifer, Ruth and Gremlin.
Image Work: Peter Luzifer and Gremlin.


The quest for her (non-existent) British parents didn’t go too well, and eventually Magma was exiled from Great Britain. When next she appeared, it was clear that she was extremely unhappy and uncertain about her life. Bitter, Magma had decided to use her abilities for personal profit and became involved with King Bedlam’s team, dubbed the New Hellions.

Magma was promised a fortune for her participation and, after getting hold of the Armageddon Man, Bedlam blackmailed the U.S. government for a billion dollars. Yet, when he actually released the deadly individual, Magma helped X-Force to detain him. Afterwards, she left before the local authorities arrived on the scene. [X-Force (1st series) #87-90]

It is unknown what Magma had been doing since then but, several months later, she showed up among a group of mutants captured by the Church of Humanity and crucified in the front lawn of Xavier’s mansion. Magma was among the few victims who could be resurrected with Archangel‘s healing blood, though it was only a partial success.

That night, she went to sleep and didn’t wake up anymore. She was comatose and was being taken care of in the mansion’s infirmary for weeks. Both Xavier and Dani Moonstar kept on visiting her. [Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #423, New Mutants (2nd series) #3]

Hearing about Magma’s plight, two students, the healer Josh Foley and his friend Julian Keller, decided to see if they couldn’t be heroes and awaken Magma. Applying his healing touch, Josh succeeded, but Magma woke up confused, destroyed a part of the building with her powers and ran away. [New Mutants (2nd series) #7]

The shock of being “killed” and brought back to life again, her real memories reinstated themselves. When she calmed down a bit, Magma knew for sure that she was Amara Aquilla, daughter of Nova Roma, and that the identity of “Allison Crestmere“ was the fake one. While it has yet to be revealed who exactly was responsible for messing with her sense of self, or for what reasons, Amara herself believes that it was to steal her away from her home and torment those who love her. [X-Treme X-Men (1st series) #46]

Feelings ashamed for having lost control, Amara didn’t dare to go back to Xavier’s and ask for the help of her old teammates, Moonstar and Karma. The longer she didn’t call them, not even to let them know that she was okay and safe, Magma felt even more ashamed. In her desperation, she turned to some other former teammate of  hers – Sunspot. She agreed to join the X-Corporation branch headed by him and, when she arrived at the airport in L.A., she was pleasantly surprised when Cannonball was there to pick her up. At the time, he was a member of the X-Treme X-Men, who were based in Valle Soleada, not to far away from L.A. Magma insisted on being called Amara again and acted like a Roman girl and her friends accepted this. At the headquarters of X-Corporation, Magma was less happy to meet another member of the group, Empath. It is unclear why she dislikes him, possibly she feels he lied to her about matters in Nova Roma. [New Mutants (2nd series) #13, X-Treme X-Men (1st series) #34]

Unbeknown to anyone, the mysterious Bogan had undermined the X-Corporation, making use of his pet telepath. Bogan influenced Empath, who in turn manipulated Sunspot and Magma into kissing and embracing each other, despite them not being romantically involved with each other. Although apparently neither one remembers this incident, the memory of it might still be there on a subconscious level and trouble Amara – as it was pretty much some sort of abuse, if not rape. [X-Treme X-Men (1st series) #35]

The X-Treme X-Men too had problems with Elias Bogan, and Magma was of special help when they faced off against the mutant predator Bogan to find his underground headquarters and get them there.  Later, when they searched through the catacombs of Bogan’s abandoned home, among his belongings Amara found a mannequin looking just like her, wearing a Roman armor and necklace that she identified as her mother’s, just as she believed the sword beneath it to be her father’s.Bogan animated the mannequin and confronted and tried to seduce each of the X-Men present on the astral plane. Only Amara faced Selene instead, who wanted her as a slave, same as she had once wanted Amara’s mother. Selene insisted that this confrontation was more than just one of Bogan’s illusions. [X-Treme X-Men (1st series) #42-45]

When they learned of the Magneto impostor’s attack on New York and Jean Grey’s death, the X-Treme X-Men, as well as Sunspot and Amara, returned to New York to help. The former New Mutants had a reunion, which happened to be a bit awkward, as Amara was cold and stand-offish among her former teammates. She started to act more like herself when they’d beaten Donald Pierce, a villain who was threatening several of the newer students, together and Amara stated that she wanted the school would be a safe haven again in the future. Also, she confided in Cannonball about her feelings regarding her two identities and the way she had been manipulated. [New Mutants (2nd series) #13, X-Treme X-Men (1st series) #46]

When Rahne quit the teaching staff at the Institute, Dani was at a loose end, so she contacted Amara to see if she could be persuaded to help out. Amara was apprehensive at first, having not been back to the school since she had been crucified on the front lawn. After thanking Elixir for helping save her life, she attended a presentation ceremony for the students. Naturally, it didn’t go to plan as Blob attacked the students, forcing Amara to step in to save them. The incident made Amara see how much she had missed working with her friends to save people, and so she accepted Dani’s offer. She assumed control of Rahne’s squad, the Paragons, but tragically her teaching days were to be short-lived. [New X-Men: Academy X #14-15, New X-Men: Academy X Yearbook Special]

Amara had decided to go on a vacation to Guadeloupe, where she met Antonio, a mutant with powers very similar to hers. The two hit it off immediately, spending every moment together. Soon enough, tragedy was to strike, as Antonio was suddenly depowered as he and Amara were dancing in the lava of an active volcano. He died within seconds, leaving Amara grief stricken enough to cause a volcanic eruption. She was soon to learn Antonio wasn’t the only one to lose his powers in a worldwide event known as M-day that saw almost every mutant suffer the same fate. Amara was one of the lucky few who retained theirs, although she wasn’t able to see positives at the time. Having had a psychotic break, the X-Men were alerted to her plight when she arrived in Guatemala, causing tectonic destruction wherever she went. Due to chaos going on across the world, the X-Men were forced to accepted help from the Office of National Emergency (O.N.E.) and they dispatched a helicopter with Empath on board to try and calm Magma down. Despite the bad blood between them, he managed to use his powers to subdue her long enough to get her back to the Institute without causing a major international (or geological) incident. When she arrived back, she discovered that many of the students she had been mentoring had been murdered right after M-Day.

With the mutant race now apparently numbering less than 200 worldwide, the Institute opened its doors to every one of them, creating a safe haven no matter who they were. As the school could not house everyone, a number of tents were set up on the lawns to house everybody. Amara ended up living in them and befriended a number of refugees such as Outlaw and Johnny Dee. Tensions in the camp immediately started running high as O.N.E. kept a close guard over the mutants with a squad of human-piloted Sentinels. Magma herself was struggling with her emotions and she believed the cause was Empath. Lashing out at him, she told him in no uncertain terms to stay out of her head. Her cause for concern was justified, but it was aimed at the wrong person.

The mysterious Johnny Dee had used his powers to create a voodoo doll of Amara and was using it to control her actions without her knowledge. In fact, Johnny had made dolls of a number of other campmates and he used them to start a riot that resulted in a group of mutants breaking out of the camp, led by the omega level mutant Mister M. He escalated the situation enough so that a standoff was reached between the escapees, O.N.E. and the X-Men, all without any of them knowing. After offering his services to the head of O.N.E. Johnny used Magma (as well as a few other mutants) to murder Mister M, bringing an end to the incident. Magma instinctively knew she had been manipulated, and even Emma Frost reported her actions were out of character. Amara blamed Empath for her volatile behavior, and she was moved into the school for her own safety. [X-Men: The 198 #1-5]