Book Review: X-23, Volume 1: The Killing Dream by Marjorie M. Liu and Alina Urusov

9593394Title: X-23, Volume 1: The Killing Dream
Genre:  Graphic Novel
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Page count: 152
Format: Kindle Edition
Publication Date: April 20, 2011
Rating – 5/5

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

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Lately I’ve been trying to read through some of the graphic novels I have laying around the house and in my ereader. I’m addicting to buying books (and maybe just buying things in general) so I have a mountain of books and graphic novels both in physical, as well as electronic format just waiting for me to read them. This was one of those graphic novels that I’ve had on my TBR list for awhile but just hadn’t gotten around to reading it yet. It also helps that I’m participating in the Graphic Novel challenge as well so that gave me an extra push to finally dig into this one!

I had previously heard that X-23 is Wolverine’s daughter and that made me excited to read her background. X-23 is actually a female clone of Wolverine. She was created and raised in a lab by doctors and was trained as an assassin. Her assassin training began when she was VERY young and it was pretty brutal. There is a specific scent that triggers her berzerker rage where she basically goes crazy and kills pretty much everything in her path. Her story is tragic because she ends up killing the person who cared about her the most and that she sees as her mother figure when she was at the lab. This specific collection of comics takes place after X-23 has served time on X-Force and she is struggling to fit in amongst her peers due to her past experiences as an assassin and on Xforce. She also isolates herself due to her feeling used as a weapon…she’s resentful towards her mother and Xforce because of this and she ends up going off by herself, followed by Gambit. X-23 seems to find solace in her father-daughter relationship with Wolverine until she starts having dreams about him in hell which I think corresponds to a wolverine series so I’m going to look into those.

Overall, I really enjoyed this graphic novel…I liked the story arcs and I loved the illustrations. It was definitely violent and bloody, which served to illustrate how lethal X-23 can be and the weapon that she was trained to be. I am super interested in reading more about her and her struggle with whether she has a soul and if she does, if it is good. I am interested in seeing the relationship between her and wolverine develop and what the “wolverine goes to hell” connection does to this relationship. I’m also interested in seeing the dynamics of her relationship with the x-men and Gambit play out. This was a really good introduction to X-23 for me and I will definitely be picking up the subsequent volumes! Can’t wait to read more!

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