Birthday, Deathday! (X-23 #1 Comic Review)

X-23 #1: “Two Birthdays, Three Funerals”

Writer: Mariko Tamaki

Artist: Juann Cabal

Color: Nolan Woodard

Cover: Mike Choi and Jesus Aburtov

Variant: Jen Bartel and Mike Choi

Letters: Cory Petit

Synopsis:

Cloned from a warrior and raised as a killer, Laura Kinney has gone through hell and come out the other side a hero. After a stint as the All-New Wolverine, she returns to her roots as X-23 to make sure no one ever has to go through the horrors she did. With her sister Gabby and their pet, Jonathan, in tow, X-23 forges her own destiny in this new series by Mariko Tamaki  and Juann Cabal.

What You’ll Need To Know:

If you haven’t read All-New Wolverine (I highly recommend it), a lot happened. Some of the events even took place during Civil War II. She found out she had sisters, most of whom have betrayed her and died, except for one: Gabby. She is her partner in crime/heroism. They’ve worked with Deadpool, Logan, Daken, Captain Marvel, and even the Guardians of the Galaxy. She’s dealt with some very intimidating opponents like the Orphans of X who were deadset on destroying her and even used her dead mother to trick her. She’s had her own run as Old Woman Laura when she took on Dr. Doom too. Dealing with all of these is especially hard, since she’s sworn off killing (mostly).

In This Issue:

These girls have had it hard as clones. Not growing up with a functional family and inside labs, they only have family that is either dead or presumed dead. Laura dealt with nothing but pain as a child, so it’s no wonder she doesn’t want to remember or deal with her birthday. Gabby is more optimistic and still a kid, so of course she does. Now we have an interaction with the other clones. Stepford Cuckoos in the mansion! What would entrust the X-Men to let them be a part of the team again? And how will they mess it up?

My Thoughts:

The sisters have always been bitter of the deaths of the other two. It is understandable to a point, but it was an accident. In actuality, the dead are never really dead with the X-Men. Still not a happy reunion seeing as the sisters Esme and Sophie are literally rotting away. So yes, I’d say they were still bitter.  What could they be planning?

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Daniela Mendoza
Hey nerds! I'm a 23 year old cosplayer from Southern California who loves comic books as well! I love going to metal and punk shows. I'm a hostess on Shoot The Breeze Comics' shows Thought Bubbles, Panel to Panel, and Guardians of the Con-Life.
Summary
I guess we’ll see if Tamaki can carry the series as well as Thompson did with All-New Wolverine, it had left a lot skeptical. Cabal continues to have strong and awesome art. I think it has great potential to be as awesome as ANW was and we can look forward to great villains.
Good
  • Stepford Cuckoos as X-Men, whaaa???
  • Great potential since they’re working with the other X-Men and classic villains
Bad
  • Kinda don't like Laura’s new costume
  • Weak beginner storyline
  • If I was someone who never knew who X-23 was before, I wouldn't be instantly gripped
7.5
Good
Art - 7
Cover - 7
Plot - 8
Character Development/Character Intros - 8
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Hey nerds! I'm a 23 year old cosplayer from Southern California who loves comic books as well! I love going to metal and punk shows. I'm a hostess on Shoot The Breeze Comics' shows Thought Bubbles, Panel to Panel, and Guardians of the Con-Life.

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