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NYX: Wannabe [Hardcover]

Joe Quesada , Joshua Middleton , Robert Teranishi
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July 8 2009 Marvel Premiere Editions
The origin of X-23 continues here! Say hello to a pack of New York City gutterpunks, the likes of which the Marvel Universe has never seen! The X-Men's dream has always been one of creating hope from despair - in a young mutant's darkest hour, Charles Xavier will always be just around the corner, ready with open arms and a helping hand. But Xavier can't be everywhere at once. What becomes of a group of young mutants that have to rely on themselves for everything from food to shelter to love? Wayward angels with dirty faces who, instead of preparing for Magneto's next big assault, must learn to survive in the cold, harsh world of the city that never sleeps. The world of the X-Men is brought to the streets, and the struggle for survival has never been more uncertain! Collects NYX #1-7.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome character driven book Aug. 7 2014
By dannick
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what an awesome read it was, the story behind Kiden is so complex and feel like a small indie comic i love it, don't get confuse by the cover, X23 doesnt play a large part in the story but it's interesting to see her in that situation buy it
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4.0 out of 5 stars story on a page: NYX Wannabe review Feb. 25 2010
By ninefly
A very different kind of mutant superhero story, with empowered female leads, a diverse cast, and the visceral backdrop of New York City's most run-down sectors. I was quite engaged in each of the characters stories and personalities, but perhaps due to its 7-issue limited run, a lot of potential left unexplored.

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2.0 out of 5 stars eh May 29 2010
By sprout - Published on Amazon.com
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I wanted to like this. i really did. throw away teens that didnt quite make it to the big leagues and all that seemed like such a promising premise. instead you get oddly placed underage panty shots, and a story that by the end I just had to ask "what was the point of this?"

i've like the idea of x-23 ever since x-men: evolution, but, especially for her emergence into main stream comics, she just seemed like such a non-character. Kiden Nixon seemed like someone that i thought had potential but just never really did anything. at least she wasn't whiny like the other two main chars.

this seemed like something that could have been awesome, should have been interesting, and maybe with a better writer would have become something great. and who knows? maybe when the new author took over and did "No Way Home", it gets turned around?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Occasionally ambitious but exploitative Feb. 23 2013
By Raoul Raoul - Published on Amazon.com
NYX is both a daring idea and a spectacularly misguided one. It’s daring because NYX stars four new female characters -- three runaway teenage mutant girls and a teacher -- without a cameo from an X-Man, Avenger, or Spider-Man. Together, these four come together to bicker at each other and be hunted by a murderous pimp.

Writer Joe Quesada wants to update the early Marvel tales of mutants discovering their powers and being alienated from and disliked by normal society. These kids are on their own, but together, they form a community to protect one another. Unlike X-Men such as Beast, Angel, and Iceman, they aren’t exchanging a happy or stable family life for the Xavier School; for them, it’s a rough mutant life or no life. The runaways all seem to know that only someone who has dealt with similar traumas can understand what they’ve been through.

Everything else in NYX, though, is misguided. Marvel does get points for giving new female characters a starring role in a miniseries and assigning a high-profile creator to the story. But that high-profile creator is Quesada, who is a great artist but an inexperienced writer. He recasts X-23, NYX’s best known character, as a near-mute child prostitute who isn’t even named in the story; even her pimp doesn’t know her name. By an extreme coincidence, Kiden, the protagonist, is given a chance to confront the man who killed her father, a police officer, when she was a small child. Readers are never sure what motivates X-23. Quesada mixes up names. Tatiana, the third runaway, is introduced halfway through the story, too late to feel like anything but an afterthought.None of the characters are compelling or likeable, although Kiden’s struggle from immature brat to responsible leader eventually makes her almost sympathetic.

Artists Joshua Middleton and Robert Teranishi tend toward the exploitative in their depictions of female characters. Kiden wears a bikini top and sucks on a pacifier on the cover of #1; inside the book, she’s shown sitting on the toilet with her shorts around her ankles and a pill in her hand. The following pages have several drawings of her in a t-shirt and panties. X-23 is dressed in lingerie and fishnets the entire series. There are prostitutes flaunting their wares everywhere. Tatiana is the subject of a (non-revealing) upskirt illustration in another scene.

NYX used Marvel's mutant universe to explore big issues like the plight teenage runaways, prostitution, gangs, and gun violence, but NYX never convinces me Quesada, Middleton, and Teranishi are treating these sensitive subjects with the consideration they deserve. Additionally, the mutant universe fell apart soon after NYX was published, taking away any long-term implications of the story. Without showing the respect those issues need or allowing the story to affect anything in the Marvel universe, everything else falls flat.
4.0 out of 5 stars a solid if not kinda depressing x-tale June 11 2012
By Agent 00420 - Published on Amazon.com
I picked up this book as a new and avid fan of the X-23 character, and in an attempt to have a complete log of her appearances in comics, the internet sent me after this book. As is the case with most X-23 related stories, this is a bit of a downer as far as subject matter is concerned, i suppose. It follows several inner city youths whose powers are manifesting and shows the reader the effects their new abilities have on their lives. The 'main' character, Kiden Nixon, spends a good bit of the book seeing just how bad her situation can get. There are some awkward scenes given the age of the characters, but the story itself remained compelling in my opinion. A great 'guest spot' from X-23 here as well, as we're introduced to her days as a prostitute for an overbearing pimp who really ties several of the characters together. The ending is more than a little anti-climactic and I have yet to read the 'Wannabe' follow up, but overall this was a pretty good book. Some of the art probably could have been better, but I didn't have any overwhelming complaints. If you're a big X-Title fan or you're looking to fill in some gaps in the X-23 chronology like myself, this book is worth your time.
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1.0 out of 5 stars bad choice of new artistic team July 4 2010
By Evzenie Reitmayerova - Published on Amazon.com
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Joshua Middleton is a genius. i couldnt read the story, i was just staring at the pictures.
but he did only 4 parts out of 7.
when i hit the part number 5 it was a shock. pictures were suddenly very ugly, i had problems to say who is who.
the story is good. even though it is supposed to be a part of x-men it is basically just a story about kids in hood. kids found new powers and use them to survive in the harsh place.
i liked the story, a lot, i loved parts 1-4.
parts 5-7 totally killed my excitement.
it was a very bad choice of a new artist.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book Jan. 3 2013
By Mauricio Hunt Rosales - Published on Amazon.com
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A great book, only thing is the change of artist in the middle of the series as others reviewers mentioned.
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