Laura Kinney has been an assassin, and an X-Men and old enemies return from her past as she tries to figure out who she is. Find out what happens in X-23: Deadly Regenesis #1 by Marvel Comics!
X-23: DEADLY REGENESIS #1 (OF 5)
Writer: Erica Schultz
Artist: Edgar Salazar
Colorist: Carlos Lopez
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Editor: Mark Basso
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: Marcy 8th, 2023
Previously in X-23: Laura Kinney was cloned from Wolverine to be a deadly assassin. Through the guidance of Wolverine and the X-Men, she has redeemed the crimes she has committed. But it is hard to escape the past, and old enemies are looking for her.
X-23: Deadly Regenesis #1 reintroduces Laura’s character and her heroic tendencies as she rescues two people from a burning building. This comic uses flashbacks heavily to provide context for Laura’s inner monologue. It reveals that she struggles with the crimes of her past. Even if she resisted her brainwashing and saved lives with the X-Men, she is still haunted by the murders she committed.
Despite the uncertainty of her past, she can still use her powers for good. Unfortunately, she is interviewed by a news station which garners the attention of Kimura, Laura’s old handler. Kimura recruits Jordan Gastin, named the Haymaker, to bring her in. As X-23 walks around, she is attacked by a mysterious gas that deactivates her powers before Haymaker declares he wants to kill her.
I like the concept of X-23, but I don’t know much about the comic book character. When I picked up X-23: Deadly Regenesis #1, I was impressed with the writers taking the time to inform me of the crucial aspects of the character. This comic is an excellent place for people to introduce X-23 to a new reader instead of being immediately thrown into a complicated plot. But perhaps the most exciting thing is that even though the pacing is slow, I was thoroughly engaged the entire time. The flashbacks used didn’t distract me like nonlinear storytelling tends to. Laura is fighting the theme of identity. She identifies herself by her past actions as an assassin and an X-Men. These titles become more important to her than who she actually is, especially since she has blood on her hands. Watching a semi-coming-of-age story is an intelligent choice for the character.
The creative team hasn’t had an enormous opportunity to flex their creative muscles yet. The art is excellent, but the character designs are relatively simple so far. The stand-out image is Laura holding an unconscious fireman with her flesh regenerating as she escapes a burning building. However, I think the use of colors is spectacular. The change from warm to cold color palettes affects how I interpret each panel.
So far, I am hooked on X-23: Deadly Regenesis #1. I want to read more and see what the deal is with Kimura and Haymaker. This comic is an excellent reference for starting a miniseries that engages new and veteran readers. 4.5 out of 5 stars for X-23: Deadly Regenesis #1!
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X-23: Deadly Regenesis #1
X-23: Deadly Regenesis #1 is an excellent study on engaging new and veteran readers to a new plot line.