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by Darick Robertson
|First appearance||Uncanny X-Men #98 (Apr 1976)|
|Created by||Chris Claremont
|Alter ego||Jimaine Szardos|
|Team affiliations||Muir Island X-Men
|Notable aliases||Amanda Sefton, Daytripper, Magik|
Formerly wielded the Soulsword
Amanda Sefton (real name Jimaine Szardos) (also known as Daytripper and the second Magik) is a fictional character, a witch in the Marvel Universe. She is the foster sister and former lover of Kurt Wagner, Nightcrawler of the X-Men.
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Amanda Sefton first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #98 (April 1976), created by Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum. She has appeared occasionally in X-Men titles, probably most often in Uncanny X-Men and Excalibur.
As Magik, Amanda had her own eponymous, four-issue mini-series in 2000–2001 from writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, with artist Liam Sharp. The series focused on her taking over Limbo (also known as Otherplace). The series also featured her foster brother/lover, Nightcrawler.
Fictional character biography
Jimaine and her mother Margali are witches. When Nightcrawler joined the X-Men, Jimaine followed him, assumed the identity of Amanda Sefton, took a job as a flight attendant, and became Nightcrawler's girlfriend.[volume & issue needed] When Margali attacked the X-Men, believing Nightcrawler to have been responsible for the death of Stefan Szardos, her son and Jimaine's brother, "Amanda" revealed herself as Jimaine, convinced her mother to let Kurt live and resumed her on-and-off relationship with him. Their relationship broke apart when Kurt suffered a severe case of self-doubt following an encounter with the Beyonder upon the latter's arrival on Earth.[volume & issue needed]
Years later, Jimaine having fully anglicized her name to Amanda joined an interim team of "X-Men" that was organized at Moira MacTaggert's Muir Island facility,[volume & issue needed] and eventually came to join Excalibur under the codename Daytripper  She and Nightcrawler encountered and defeated the entity D'Spayre. Around this time she suffered a mystical/telepathic attack on a plane while taking a shift under her air hostess job. It involved the fate of the Black Queen.
Amanda obtained the Soulsword from Shadowcat,  and gave the weapon to her mother, Margali Szardos. Only too late did Amanda realize that she was tricked by her own mother, who wanted the Soulsword to kill all those ahead of her on the Winding Path.[volume & issue needed]
Shortly after helping to defeat her mother and the Hellfire Club,[volume & issue needed] Amanda left Excalibur without even telling Nightcrawler why.[volume & issue needed] Only later was it revealed that it was not Amanda who made that decision, but Margali who had taken over her body.[volume & issue needed] Upon her defeat among the Hellfire Club, Margali had been captured by Belasco,[volume & issue needed] and been tortured in his realm from where she secretly switched minds with her daughter so that she could recuperate and win back her freedom and her position on the Winding Way.[volume & issue needed]
Eventually Margali, using Amanda’s body, made her way back to Limbo,[volume & issue needed] where mother and daughter switched back and defeated Belasco with Nightcrawler's help.[volume & issue needed] Margali apologized for exposing her daughter to such danger, but then quickly left.[volume & issue needed] Only after she was gone, Amanda realized that with both her and Belasco gone, there was no one left besides her capable enough to take over as Limbo's new ruler. To leave the dimension unguarded seemed too dangerous, given that several demons could have used its stepping disks to invade earth.[volume & issue needed]
It was during this time that Amanda was forced to thwart Belasco and the N'Garai’s takeover of Limbo, and Earth, where she was forced to conceal her identity from her closest friends, until the end of the battle where those who had not already worked out that she was not Illyana, learned of Amanda's new role. Following that, Amanda rallied together the rulers of all other various dimensions of Hell to unite them in a common goal: The preservation of Hell.[volume & issue needed]
Amanda has also mastered the ability to magically control the stepping disks of Limbo, just like Belasco did before her, and practiced to wield the Soulsword. During one of Nightcrawler's trips to Limbo, Amanda secretly hid the powerful Soulsword in Kurt’s body, thinking it was safe there since his soul was the purest that she could find. There was a shift in the cosmic balance, powerful forces at work, and one thing they were after was the Soulsword, and indeed not much later, Amanda was attacked and overpowered by Nightmare. She was rescued by the timely arrival of her mother Margali, and together, mother and daughter found out that Nightmare had been manipulated into attacking them by someone else. Amanda and Margali immediately sought out Nightcrawler to warn him, but upon their arrival the demon Hive revealed himself and took over the body of Nightcrawler’s teammate, Wolverine.[volume & issue needed]
Gradually, the demon’s essence was disrupted by the Soulsword, though not before he revealed that there is a major war coming, one that has been brewing for a millennium, and that the entire Szardos family factor very importantly into it.[volume & issue needed]
Driven out of Limbo
Amanda resurfaced in New X-Men when she plunged out of a dimensional portal in a blast of flaming energy and landed in a small German village. She pleaded, "Help me...someone please...He's back." Amanda was driven out of Limbo after being overwhelmed by an invasion led by Belasco and no longer possessed the Soulsword.
She assisted New X-Men Hellion and Surge as well as O*N*E Sentinel operative (and former mutant) Lex in finding students that were kidnapped by Belasco. The students were saved due to Illyana Rasputin usurping control of Limbo. Once the heroes were teleported back to Xavier's school though, Amanda found Limbo to be sealed off.
While Pixie has stated that she has been approached by both Amanda and Doctor Strange about furthering her magical tutelage when she comes of age, Amanda's current whereabouts remain unknown, but she was recently mentioned by Cyclops in the aftermath of Second Coming when he was writing her a letter of condolence over the death of Nightcrawler.
Powers and Abilities
Amanda is a sorceress following the path of the Winding Way. Her power does change in its levels, it waxes and wanes over time, allowing her to summon such powers as teleportation, illusions casting, shape changing, mystical force bolts, hypnotism, and the manipulation of other complex mystical forces.
There's a range of spells Amanda is capable of casting; limited by the amount of power available, and her own personal issues with magic and using it when it's not needed. Amanda's magical repository consists of largely defensive spells and illusion casting. The other thing is that the spells she casts reflect the power source, the urban environment; there are elements of the city in the manifestations or processes. The spell-craft she knew, everything taught to her by various people—none of that applies. Spells either fail entirely or have unexpected results, often inconsistently different. Many spells from before—the levitation, the aura stuff, the spirit summoning, the potions and sleep spells are gone irretrievably. Others such as summoning the elements, for example, have been twisted to the point they've actually become more harmful than good.
Amanda can still heal, that being her family's supernatural legacy, but there are many more limits than she previously had. The first being that healing of any kind takes power directly from living things; the greater the injury the greater the power demand. So healing will require Amanda to have to decide and possibly consult with those around her as to whether they accept that cost. The second is that there are only so many times that Amanda can heal someone before it stops working. The more serious the injury healed, the shorter that time frame is.
When she became the Sorceress Supreme of Limbo, Amanda began wielding the powerful Soulsword and while she couldn't access the full power of the sword, she could still create and control teleportation energies in the form of "stepping discs", to absorb souls of others either permanently or to simply store and transfer, to place and store the sword in absolute nothingness and to retrieve it from whence it came with ease, and like Illyana Rasputin, the more Amanda used the Soulsword, the more mystical Eldritch armor appeared on her body in addition to demonic features such as horns and hooves. The armor deflects or limits attacks, both physical and magical. However on Earth, Amanda's abilities are limited to a different capacity. She as since lost these abilities when Limbo was sealed to her and resumed her normal display of powers.
In the "Days of Future Past" timeline, Amanda and Nightcrawler have a daughter Blue who inherited her father's appearance and similar teleporting powers. Amanda and Nightcrawler, along with that timeline's version of Illyana Rasputin, were gunned down by a government strikeforce deployed to destroy the Xavier Institute after Senator Robert Kelly was assassinated.
Amanda Sefton appears in the 1995 X-Men episode "Nightcrawler" in her Jimaine Szardos guise. She appears in flashback as Nightcrawler describes his time as a circus performer and has no lines.
In X-Men: Evolution, Amanda Sefton appears as Nightcrawler's love interest, but she does not have most of the background of her comic counterpart. Her mother's name remains Margali, but the Seftons appear to be a normal family. She is portrayed as an American teenager of African/Romany decent who accepts Kurt completely despite his mutation. She was voiced by Moneca Stori. In her first episode, "Shadow Dance", Amanda asks Kurt to be her date for a school dance and tells him that she did have a crush on him for months but was too shy to tell him, and that her feelings remained even after she once accidentally saw him turning off his image inducer. They start dating seriously, and after a time ("The Toad, the Witch and the Wardrobe") Amanda attempts to introduce Kurt - as his true self - to her parents. The intention is ruined by Toad, who steals Kurt's image inducer, demolishing the Sefton home and blowing Kurt's cover before Amanda can properly prepare her parents. Even though Amanda's parents are understandably upset, Amanda shrugs off any discomforts which they might bring into her relationship with Kurt, and continues to date him.
Sefton is a supporting character in the novel 'Soul Killer' by author Richard Lee Byers. She is possessed by Belasco as part of a plan to bring the Elder Gods to Earth.
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- Uncanny X-Men #20
- "Excalibur Vol.1" 75 (1994)
- Excalibur #77 (May 1994)
- Excalibur Annual #2 (1994)
- "Excalibur Vol.1" 85 (1996)
- "Excalibur Vol.1" 85 (1996)
- New X-Men vol. 2 #37
- New X-Men vol. 2 #41
- X-Men: Second Coming #2
- Uncanny X-Men #188
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