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X-23 has spent her short life being used by those in power, from the military to the X-Men. But when she is forced to confront a being who can control her life with nothing but a thought, will X-23 finally learn how to fight -- not for others, but herself? Guest-starring NYX! COLLECTING:X-23 #1-6
This is Marjorie Liu's take on X-23, and the first solo tile I've read about the character.
I liked it!
Now, even though this is volume 1, this is by no means an origin story for Laura. In fact, there seems to be quite a bit of backstory to her that I'd love to find out more about. However, this does give you everything you need to get started with this story arc, so even if you've never heard of X-23, you'd be ok starting off here, I think.
It starts off with X-23 feeling isolated and ostracized among the X-men. Or at least the teenagers. Not everyone was ok with her participation in the X-Force, but she still has several loyal friends.
In an effort to work through some of her issues from the past, she takes off on her own.
Or so she thinks.
Gambit decides she needs a friend, and follows her.
Here the thing, I don't think I've ever really liked Gambit...until now. Liu really did a good job making Gambit seem more like a cool Cajun and less like a rednecky douchebag.
I don't want to give the whole story away, but these two go on an adventure.
Pssst...Miss Sinister shows up!
Anyway, it's good stuff, and I'm all aflutter to read the next volume.