Comic Vine Review


X-23 #12 - Touching Darkness , Part 3


X-23 continues her journey of self discovery. As one door closes and another quickly opens, X-23 is beginning to realize that the answers she is search for won't come easy!

If you read any of X-23's series then you are already aware that she is one very lost confused little girl. Liu continues to weave her web with this issue of X-23 which, surprisingly, is more uplifting than many of it's predecessors.

The Good

X-23 has been on a journey to find out who she is and as a result, she has also been gradually coming to terms with the fact that she is a lot more than just someone's science project. I particularly enjoyed this issue not only because of the appearance of Jubilee, but the dynamic of Jubilee as X-23's sort of older sister figure. She's very compassionate toward X-23, taking her under her wing, and it's nice to see two of Logan's protegee's become so close. This also makes a lot of sense as far as the dynamics of the characters are concerned. Jubilee just got through coming to terms with the fact that she is not only a mutant, but that se's also a vampire and that this is an entirely new identity. I feel like this is an opportunity to delve into Jubilee's character as well, and that by acting as X-23's guide, she could eventually find herself by giving back.

Liu is writing a great story, and its one I think a lot of people would enjoy reading. It's nice to be led along to discover the character as she discovers herself. This issue also has everything you would want; interesting character interactions and dialogue, humor and plenty of action. It simultaneously closes one chapter whilst opening a new one.

The Bad

There is so much about this issue that I love, but there were definitely some scenes (particularly the ones between Logan and Remy) where I shook my head. I just can't see Gambit wanting to head to a bar to start some fights. Grabbing some drinks, sure. Trying to pick up the ladies, absolutely. But heading to a bar with the intention of starting a ruckus? I'll admit I laughed, though.

The Verdict

I really like this series because I feel Marjorie is putting a lot of effort into X-23's journey, and that's the type of story I like to read. Character development is why I read comic books, so I can admit I really enjoyed this (even if I felt some of the lines were a bit out of character). The story is interesting and I particularly enjoyed the end. There's a little bit of everything in this issue: action, humor and even a little bit of enlightenment. A great issue to pick up if you haven't been reading but want to start.