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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics (July 8 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785141332
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785141334
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,675,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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 of 4 people found the following review helpful
eh May 29 2010
By sprout - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Occasionally ambitious but exploitative Feb. 23 2013
By Raoul Raoul - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good first half; Oct. 14 2009
By Boo Radley - Published on Amazon.com
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This has a good, engaging story and brilliant artwork. Or, well, for at least half the story. Middleton drew the first few sections, and the interior looks exactly like the cover art - beautiful style and color work. Then, Middleton left, and the series was picked up by Robert Teranishi, who obviously had some difficulty transitioning from his "comic book artist" coloring style to Middleton's more personal one. However, it's worth buying still because the first few parts of the series are drawn at the level of an art book, not a cheap serial comic.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A good read May 26 2007
By A. Drummond - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed the TPB, was a little confusing at first, but got the hang of it and found it quite interesting and unique. I love the character X-23 she is an assasin but not as bad as you would think. The story is not centered around her, it is centered around these teenagers that discover their powers and have to deal with a few life issue at the same time. Different from the other x-men stories that I have read. Oh and there are no x-men in this story.
Unparalleled heart and earnest story telling explores the heart of the mutant genre Jan. 11 2014
By Benjamin Ho - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I understand the criticisms that this feels a little simplistic, cliched, self indulgent, even explotitive. A hackneyed retread of the trope of troubled rebelious urban teens from a grittier 90's era New York. But as a reboot of the mutant story as simple teen coming of age story without any of the latex costumes and universe spanning plot, it provides a tremendous amount of reality and heart that speaks to the human soul of the mutant genre.

I also agree with the big disappointment in the shift in artist half way through, because up until that point, Middleton's art was the most exquisite comic book art I have ever seen. Of course great art in comics abounds these days, such as Oemming or Miller, who find their power through edgy darkness. Here Middleton does not rely on such cheap tricks, but infuses his art with exquistie humanity. I have been tremendoulsy saddened that he has not continued that work elsewhere. Still, the art afterwards is not bad, just not as good, and those first four issues have some of my favorite comic book art anywhere.

If you want brain bashing and action and movie franchise stars, there are lots of great optoisn for that: the AvX arc is a recent favorite of mine. But NyX remains one of my favorite, and I am sad this experiment into the human side of xmen seems to have sorta fizzled.


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