TheGeek reviews X-23 #8!
Credits & Solicit Info:
Writer: Marjorie Liu
Penciller: Ryan Stegman Orig.
Published: March 30, 2011
Imprint: MARVEL UNIVERSE
Rating: PARENTAL ADVISORY
The Story: PART 1 OF COLLISION: THE DAKEN/X-23 CROSSOVER! When X-23 went to Madripoor searching for secrets about her past, she didn't expect to find Daken. But now that she has, will they be allies against a common enemy...or will this encounter lead to only one of them left standing?
It says right there on the cover: "X-23 versus Daken." Tonight. In this ring. One is the son of Wolverine. The other is Wolverine if he were a teenage girl. Not even Madripoor can contain the mayhem when these two throw down!
To be honest, X-23 #8 doesn't sound like Marjorie Liu at all. It's raw, wordy, and a bit more focused than the last few X-23 books she's done...and it works. This book promises a bloody showdown like you've never seen before, and Liu probably thought it was a good idea to steer the book cleanly into that very violent direction to please the fanboys.
That's not to say this isn't all Liu. You can see that Laura is slowly changing here, from the soulless machine to the soul finding her way home. It's still introspective, still moody, but that's not what Laura came to Madripoor for. Sure they had to do that convoluted detour with Tyger Tiger the reigning ruler of Madripoor to get to the tough sonofagun, but the wait is worth it. In a few short moments you'll get the slugfest of the century!
And boy do we get it.
It's exactly how you imagine a fight between Daken and X-23 would go down: messily. And unfortunately, all too short, as they are stopped by the much-dreaded "To Be Continued." Weird that we'd have to see the continuation of the fight in another comic altogether (in Daken #8), then again I guess it's the price to pay with modern comics.
The art team of Ryan Stegman on pencils, Michael Babinski on inks and Jay Rauch on colors lifts this book up with beautiful artwork, the best we've seen in this series so far. Rouch's colors in particular set the mood in every panel, from the yellow of riot fires to the dark violet of the nighttime sky. It's really good stuff, and I'd like to see more of these guys in future issues. Will Conrad ain't in a hurry to come back to X-23, is he?
A book that's good-looking AND makes for good reading is a bit hard to find these days. Good thing you'll find both in X-23 #8. Grab this book while it's hot.
Review by: TheGeek