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X-23 #13 - Chaos Theory, Part 1

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In order to understand who she is, X-23 must come to terms with who she is an where she came from.

In order to understand who she is, X-23 needs to understand where she came from. To do this, she must return to where her existence began. She must return to New York City, put her fears behind her and throw herself into her journey.

The Good

Gambit learns something he never knew before about X-23 within the first few pages of this issue, and artist Phil Noto captures his expression of shock and complete horror in this panel perfectly. When you read the issue, you will know exactly the scene I am talking about. This is a a very heavy issue, and Liu lets Noto do some of the heavy lifting as far as depicting the emotions of these characters goes. Like I said before, in order for Laura to understand who she is, she's got to wrap her head around where she has been and why -- even if it's not something she is comfortable doing.

Gambit's interaction with X-23 is limited in this issue, but that doesn't mean she doesn't get some help from a few new friends. Enter Peter Parker, who shows up just in the nick of time. It is definitely interesting seeing Laura interact with him, and I look forward to seeing her spend some time with the rest of the Future Foundation teammates in the next issue!

The Bad

This is a solid issue dealing with some very mature subject matter. However, I recommend reading through this entire series to get a full grasp of who Laura truly is. As good as this issue is, and as easy as it would be to pick this story up starting with this issue, you would be doing this series a disservice to the story and the character if you don't read the previous books.

The Verdict

This issue is really fantastic. It's the first issue of a new arc and I honestly feel it's one of Marjorie's best issues yet. The pacing here is perfect. The amount of time Gambit spends on some new information is perfect. It's not drawn out, they just don't delve into the discussion. You can also gather in addition to being a friend to X-23, Gambit sort of admires her strength, too. I am definitely looking forward to the next issue which will feature the Future Foundation. I also am looking forward to learning why Alex Cimini is such an important figure in the story.

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I love that art, the style is quite unique. ^^

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It's quite remarkable how many people just love that little piece of artwork. Paul rocks!
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Hey Sara, in general how have you liked this series. I am a big x-23 fan but have not read this new series. (When she showed up in NYX I was instantly hooked and read everything about her).

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@cdeoleo: I know  your not asking me but =p But series has been great, and i would really recommended catching up if you can :)
 
Any-who this issue was great, i just hope this series doesn't become X-23 Team-up
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@Pacperson: Thanks for answering either way, will def check some trades.
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@cdeoleo said:

Hey Sara, in general how have you liked this series. I am a big x-23 fan but have not read this new series. (When she showed up in NYX I was instantly hooked and read everything about her).

It's really good overall! Marjorie has been doing a great job delving into Laura's character, digging deeper into her past byt making her gor through this crazy journey. Admittedly, I was not a fan of the Ms. Sinister stuff, but aside from that, this has been a great series. You should pick up this issue and give it a shot. If you like this (and this is one of the better ones) then chances are you'll enjoy the others, too.

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I usually do not pick up X-23 but this issue seems good to buy. Great Revew Babs

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Is X-23 series just turning into what Wolverine's comic used to be? That was always about him hunting down what his real memories were, but now that the truth is finally known. They seem to of replaced that with X-23. Though, I do have to say that her journey appears to be far less convoluted.

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Man, I don't know. I didn't like the issue too much. Laura + Cosmic Stuff + Fantastic Four + Spiderman... I get the feeling she is too far from X-Men now, and it's a shame. Liu could really use the mutants in Utopia (like her friends Dust, Cessily and Julian) to build something, but I guess (or hope?) that she is holding on to that card for now, since she eventually will be back.
 
That said, everytime I see X-23 following Wolverine's footsteps in crossovers and that stuff I get scared. Get back to Utopia before it's too late!
 
Also, although the series is focused on Laura, I get this feeling she is not evolving too much edition-to-edition, making me feel the issues are too short, and Laura isn't making all that much progress.

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@Babs: I picked up the whole series, so thank you for the recommendation. I am so intrigued with what you said about the podcast with Wolverine and the young girls, well not intrigued but kinda scared because I hope they wont make wolverine into a pedophile .