X-23: Target X

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X-23: Target X
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
ScheduleMontly
FormatLimited series
Publication date2006
No. of issues6
Main character(s)X-23
Creative team
Written byChristopher Yost
Craig Kyle
Artist(s)Mike Choi

X-23: Target X is a 2006 six issue comic book limited series published by Marvel Comics. It was the second self titled series for the character Laura Kinney, better known as X-23. It was ritten by Christopher Yost and Craig Kyle, who created the character, and drawn by Mike Choi. The series helped fully reveal X-23's previously mysterious origins.[1] The series also portrays the first meeting of X-23 with her father Wolverine.[2]

Publication history[edit]

Before the series was named Target X it was simply referred to as X-23 Vol 2 by most. It is a prequel to previous X-23 stories, detailing the time between her escape from the facility that held her and her arrival in New York.[3][4] Marvel used the tagline "The ghosts of X-23's past continue to haunt her - and hunt her!" for the series.[5]

Plot[edit]

[6]

Laura has escaped the program but lost her mother in the process and S.H.I.E.L.D has captured her. Captain America and Matt Murdock are interrogating her. Captain America's dealt with Laura's handiwork before and wants Murdock to verify her story. Laura recounts the events that brought her to this point — finding her aunt and cousin in San Francisco and dodging the efforts of the Weapon X program. Afterwards she sets out to find her cousin Megan and aunt Deborah. Megan doesn't remember Laura rescuing her last time they met, but she has had nightmares ever since. Treated as an outcast at school makes it easy for her to bond with Laura. She is also able to accept Laura's past as a child assassin with a mix of horror and sympathy. When Weapon X comes calling the family is forced to flee. Laura then separates from them to find her new mission — finally meeting Wolverine.[7]

Reception[edit]

The series currently holds an 8.5 out of 10 from four professional critics on the comic book review aggregator Comic Book Roundup.[8] of ComicsVerse Peyton Hinckle described the series by the following "If you’re trying to connect all the puzzle pieces that make up Laura’s history, Target X is an important series to read. It’s an intimate look into young Laura’s disturbed psyche at a difficult time in her life. Without reading Target X, Laura’s development in later series won’t make a lot of sense. If you’re looking to skip a few series’ on our X-23 essential reading list, don't skip this one."[9] Eric Nierstedt also of ComicsVerse praised the series as well. He described it as superior to the earlier series Innocence Lost since Target X gave Laura her own voice.[7] Kevin Powers of the Comic Book Bin commended the artwork by Choi.[10][11][12]

Prints[edit]

Issues[edit]

Issue Title Cover date Comic Book Roundup rating Estimated sales (first month)
#1 Part One[13] February 2007[14] N/A 58,121, ranked 32nd in North America[15]
#2 Part Two[13] March 2007[14] 9.0 by one professional critics.[16] 43,997, ranked 38th in North America[17]
#3 Part Three[13] April 2007[14] 9.0 by one professional critics.[18] 42,125, ranked 45th in North America[19]
#4 Part Four[13] May 2007[14] N/A 41,856, ranked 52nd in North America[20]
#5 Part Five[13] June 2007[14] 8.0 by one professional critics.[21] 41,658, ranked 55th in North America[22]
#6 Part Six[13] July 2007[14] 8.0 by one professional critics.[23] 41,546, ranked 64th in North America[24]

Collected editions[edit]

Title
[Tagline]
Format Material collected Pages Publication date ISBN Estimated sales (North America)
[Trades]
Rated
X-23: The Complete Collection Vol. 1 TPB X-23: Target X #1-6[25] 456[26] July 27, 2016[27] 1302901168[26]
978-1302901165[26]
Combined sales: 1803[28] N/A

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitbrook, James. "Everything You Need to Know About X-23, and Why Her Appearance in Logan Is So Important". io9.
  2. ^ "Flashback Friday: X-23 - News - Marvel". Marvel Entertainment.
  3. ^ George, Richard (7 August 2006). "X-23 Vol. 2 #1 First Look".
  4. ^ "Here's Your Primer to 'Logan's' Pint Sized Hero X-23". Complex.
  5. ^ "X-23: Target X (2006 - 2007)". Marvel Entertainment.
  6. ^ George, Richard (20 November 2006). "X-23: Target X #1 Preview".
  7. ^ a b "The Origins of X-23: Objectification, Rape, and Redemption". 10 May 2017.
  8. ^ "X-23: Target X Reviews". ComicBookRoundup.com.
  9. ^ "From Science Experiment to X-Men Veteran: An X-23 Essential Reading List". 3 February 2019.
  10. ^ "X-23: Target X #1". www.comicbookbin.com.
  11. ^ Schedeen, Jesse (26 October 2016). "Essential X-23 Comic Books to Get You Ready for Logan".
  12. ^ "X-23: 7 Comic Book Stories to Inspire Her First Solo Film". Nerdist.
  13. ^ a b c d e f "X-23: Target X". comicbook.com.
  14. ^ a b c d e f "ComicBookRealm.com: The Free Comic Book Price Guide & Community - Use our database to track your comic book collection". Comic Book Realm.
  15. ^ "December 2006 Comic Book Sales Figures". comichron.com. Estimated Comics Sold to North American Comics Shops as Reported by Diamond Comic Distributors. The Comics Chronicles. Retrieved 2019-03-23.
  16. ^ "X-23: TARGET X #2". Comic Book Roundup. Retrieved 2019-03-23.
  17. ^ "January 2007 Comic Book Sales Figures". comichron.com. Estimated Comics Sold to North American Comics Shops as Reported by Diamond Comic Distributors. The Comics Chronicles. Retrieved 2019-03-23.
  18. ^ "X-23: TARGET X #3". Comic Book Roundup. Retrieved 2019-03-23.
  19. ^ "February 2007 Comic Book Sales Figures". comichron.com. Estimated Comics Sold to North American Comics Shops as Reported by Diamond Comic Distributors. The Comics Chronicles. Retrieved 2019-03-23.
  20. ^ "March 2007 Comic Book Sales Figures". comichron.com. Estimated Comics Sold to North American Comics Shops as Reported by Diamond Comic Distributors. The Comics Chronicles. Retrieved 2019-03-23.
  21. ^ "X-23: TARGET X #5". Comic Book Roundup. Retrieved 2019-03-23.
  22. ^ "April 2007 Comic Book Sales Figures". comichron.com. Estimated Comics Sold to North American Comics Shops as Reported by Diamond Comic Distributors. The Comics Chronicles. Retrieved 2019-03-23.
  23. ^ "X-23: TARGET X #6". Comic Book Roundup. Retrieved 2019-03-23.
  24. ^ "May 2007 Comic Book Sales Figures". comichron.com. Estimated Comics Sold to North American Comics Shops as Reported by Diamond Comic Distributors. The Comics Chronicles. Retrieved 2019-03-23.
  25. ^ "Complete X-23 Reading Order - Where To Start?". 6 December 2016.
  26. ^ a b c "X-23: The Complete Collection Vol. 1 (9781302901165): Craig Kyle, Chris Yost, Jay Faerber, Marjorie Liu, Billy Tan, Mike Choi, Francis Portela, Felipe Andrade: Books". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2019-06-06.
  27. ^ "X-23: The Complete Collection Vol. 1 (Trade Paperback)". Marvel Entertainment.
  28. ^ "July 2016 Comic Book Sales Figures". comichron.com. Estimated Comics Sold to North American Comics Shops as Reported by Diamond Comic Distributors. The Comics Chronicles. Retrieved 2019-03-24.

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