Monday, August 15, 2022

Jennifer McGinnis:

Comics as a Second Language

This week: Jen reviews X-23: Target X

X-23: Target x

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Genre: Super-heroes

X-23 is the otherwise-nameless partial clone of Marvel Comic’s own infamous Wolverine. Created from a flawed sample that had a damaged y-chromosome, the clone could only be female. Younger, smaller, and slightly slower than Wolverine, she’s seen as something as a failure by the military operation that created her. However, she proves more capable than they anticipated, and escapes. Disguising herself as the daughter of the head scientist on the team who created her, she moves in with her “aunt” and attempts to become friends with her troubled “cousin.” Does she have a chance at a normal life?

And is that even what she wants? Written by Craig Kyle and Chris Yost, with art by Mike Choi and Sonia Oback, Target X is a view into this enigmatic mutant’s past.

Jennifer grew up in an almost-rural part of California and is currently living in the metropolis of Portland. She knows how to fish without bait, find magnetic north, shoot a bow and arrow, and slaughter small animals, but very rarely does any of it.

Jennifer’s favorite comics include PS 238, She-Hulk, Usagi Yojimbo, Fables, and Impulse.

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