X-23 #2

Writer: Mariko Tamaki Artist: Juan Cabal Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: July 25, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 34
7.9Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

Cloned from a warrior, 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 (HULK, HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: CLAWS OF A KILLER) and Juann Cabal (ALL-NEW WOLVERINE, ELEKTRA).
Rated T+

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Jul 25, 2018

    X-23 #2 is another strong issue, and Mariko Tamaki is knocking Laura out of the park with spot-on characterization perfectly balanced with Gabby's softer, pitch perfect annoying little sister vibe. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Epicstream - Brian McCormick Jul 27, 2018

    X-23 is a title for someone who wants good, clean, no-nonsense fun. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Jul 25, 2018

    X-23 #2 adds more direction to this plot as now we have a good idea as to where this is all leading up to. I wouldn't hope for the worst to come to the Stepford Cuckoos, but it is tragic to see that there is no mutant clone out there who isn't affected by what it means to live that hollow life. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Jul 28, 2018

    X-23 #2 is a brilliant book overflowing with personality and intrigue. Laura and Gabby are a wonderful dynamic duo, and I look forward to seeing where their conflict with the Cuckoos goes. This one earns a recommendation. Give it a read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Watch - Matthew David-Clarke Aug 11, 2018

    Fewer laughs than the first issue, but ultimately more engaging. There are moments of high art here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    PopCultHQ - Christian Kern Jul 25, 2018

    So far this story, 'Two Birthdays and Three Funerals,' has been about moving forward and not looking back. That's what the Cuckoos are doing and that's what Laura is doing, which is why she doesn't dwell on her birthday (unlike Gabby). In all of this, there is a muted kinship shared between Gabby and Mindee. One that I hope is explored further in-depth in the series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jul 28, 2018

    Art, storytelling and character development come together nicely for a really enjoyable comic with a strong pair of leads. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Jul 25, 2018

    Another strong issue due to the character writing of our two lead heroes. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jul 30, 2018

    Bits and PiecesI am a stickler for plot development or lack thereof in this case, and so I can't give this issue a high grade. I'm still on board with this run, but I'm a firm believer that readers need to get a fair amount of bang for our buck per issue. Reading comics is a slow burn, we all know that, but not enough happened for me in this issue. Realistically we only got 3-4 scenes in total, and yet none of those scenes felt fleshed out at all, more padding than anything of substance. It's still early in the run so I won't be too harsh, but Tamaki needs to pick up the pace next time. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Chris Aiken Jul 27, 2018

    At least by the end, after a great scene drawn by Cabal, the confrontation with the Cuckoos escalates. Their story is pretty interesting as they deal with their own clones issues. It will be great to see Laura and the Cuckoos' separate ideas of what it's like to be a clone clash. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    On Comics Ground - Daniela Mendoza Jul 31, 2018

    This story isn't holding up to All-New Wolverine sad to say, I know it's a beginner but I'm not hooked yet and I felt like all the action took place the last 4 pages. I feel like we have a strong character like Laura and her awesome team up with Gabby and it just isn't reaching its full potential. Art saved it from being below average. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Sequential Planet - Steven Martinez Jul 27, 2018

    X-23 #2 is less exciting than the first issue but moves the story along at a nice pace. Read Full Review

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