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X-23: Target X #1

December 9, 2006

Quick Rating: Fair
Title: Target X Part One
Rating: Parental Advisory

The missing years of X-23’s life begin here.

Writers: Craig Kyle & Chris Yost
Art: Mike Choi & Sonia Oback
Letters: Troy Peteri
Editor: Axel Alonso
Cover Art: Mike Choi & Sonia Oback
Publisher: Marvel Comics

For those of you who wondered what happened to X-23 in the two years between the end of her first miniseries and the beginning of the aborted NYX series, here’s the book to give you your answer. Escaping from the destruction of the Weapon X project, X-23 begins to wander in search of a home.

This story is really disjointed. The story leaps from one point in time to the other, and although the captions tell you when each segment takes place, they don’t really help in terms of putting the random scenes together in a straightforward story. Except for the fight scene, the book could very easily be a collection of random vignettes from various points in X-23’s life.

Elevating the story, though, is some truly wonderful artwork. Mike Choi and Sonia Oback have a remarkable style that evokes a lot of the sort of painted colors you see from the likes of Laura Martin, and blends it with very good character construction, layouts and fight choreography. The sequence of X-23 fighting while overlaid with the hologram of Wolverine is particularly good. What’s more, unlike a lot of the artists who work with the character, they manage to make X-23 look age appropriate in every segment, from her 11 year old self to her 15 year old self.

X-23 fans will no doubt get more out of this comic than I will, but the art is something to be appreciated whether you like the character or not..

Rating: 6/10

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