X-23: Innocence Lost Paperback – Apr 19 2006
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But make no mistake- this story is brilliant.
Here's what you should note:
1.) The drama is very real here. It is a highly emotional plot that works so well that it would probably make a darn good movie.
2.) There is plenty of action, all of which is wonderfully illustrated- and note that there is more than a little bloodshed.
I hope this is enough to help you make a judgement. But please, even if you don't read it now, read it SOON. The story is absolutely engrossing and I believe that the character X-23/Laura has the potential to become exceptionally popular among fans.
I've never been one for super heroes; nothing against them, they simply aren't my genre of interest. However the X-Men have always been an exception for me, with their captivating villains, back stories, & genuinely complex social explorations. & with its thick science-fiction atmosphere, heavy subtext, & rich emotional honesty, I can sincerely claim that X-23: Innocence Lost is a must read for all X-Men fans, maybe even for all comic book fans in general.
Dr Sarah Kinney has been called to a science institute to assist with the assembly of a new `weapon X', a clone of the escapee human-engineered super mutant `Wolverine'. But Sarah's been numb for a long time now, emotionally detached from humanity, & doesn't realize it until too late--she is creating a child, not a weapon.
The story's backbone is of parental love & loss of freedom; with perhaps the most monstrous villain I have ever seen for the fact that we watch him grow from an envious & arrogant doctor into something not human who doesn't even realize how truly evil he has become--& even more chilling is that he is not an over-the-top villain but someone who you could actually & unfortunately meet; & is aided by a grimly black climax & surprisingly upsetting ending.
There is a potent emotional & disturbing power behind this work & it haunts you long after closing its covers.
Despite some flaws in the art (occasionally odd body proportions), the unnatural yet vivid color palate somehow intensifies the cold, lonely feeling of isolation, & the characters are given soul-filled eyes that pierce.
So what is the answer to this question...?
4.5 stars rounded up.
I would also recommend the rare-to-find series 'NYX: Wannabe', the first 2 exhilarating volumes of `New X-Men: childhood's end', as well as 'X-23: Target X' by the same authors, though all pale in comparison to this inspired gem.
I think Mr.Craig Kyle and Mr.Yost did a great job fixing this, they gave her meaningful story, that actually grows on you. You sort of get attached to Laura, and feel sorry for all her misfortune. The story is great, and the writing is perfect, Kyle and Yost did a superb job and the end result made me a huge fan of Laura.
The art goes perfectly well with the story, since the tone here is a bit "darker" then the typical marvel story, Billy Tan was able to make things fit.
All in all its a great story, comic books deserve this kind of quality both in art and story more often.
btw get X-23: Target X
The story has a very good narrative and the art is excellent as well. I am not a comic critic, but I can say that I did enjoy this comic pretty much.
Both this and the sequel (target X) come highly recommended