Get Started In X-23 (LAURA KINNEY)

Current Series  |  Latest Jumping-On Points  |  Compilations  |  1st Appearance  |  Origin Story  |  Main Publication History  |  Secondary Publication History  |  Key Storylines  |  Media Source Material  |  Key Issues

by snowbi-wan, updated May 2019

X-23 (Laura Kinney) is the clone daughter of Wolverine (James 'Logan' Howlett). She has similar powers to Wolverine: regenerative healing, superhuman senses and athletic abilities, and retractable adamantium-coated bone claws in her hands (and feet). After the death of her father, Logan, X-23 adopted his super-hero name (Wolverine) and costume in an ongoing series titled ALL-NEW WOLVERINE [2016]. The character received a surge in popularity due to her appearance in the 2017 movie, LOGAN. With the return of Wolverine to the comic book Marvel Universe in 2018, Laura relenquished the name Wolverine and returned to her previous codename, X-23.

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Current Series

This is a curated list of the current series to help you get started with X-23 comic books. The series listed in this section are predominantly series of individual comic issues, but the list can include digests and softcovers (and even hardcovers) if the material is original material.

With the return of the original Wolverine, Laura has given up the Wolverine moniker and assuming her old codename of X-23 in the launch of a brand new series, X-23 [2018]. But this series will end with issue #12.

PublisherFrequencySeries 
MARVELOngoing - EndingX-23 [2018]

Latest Jumping-On Points

Comic books are serialized periodicals. The absolute best place to jump on with any comic series is a series beginning, but, if the run has gotten lengthy, the beginning of a new story arc or of a new creative team are other great--and perfectly acceptable--places to get started right away. This section contains a curated list of the latest issues from current and recent series where you can get started in X-23. Look below for series beginning or start of a story arc. Subsequent sections explore the subject's publishing history and indicate other less recent places to get started in X-23.

PLEASE NOTE: The issues presented in this section are either in-stock issues or pre-order/pre-sale issues. To get the largest discount, new comic books can be pre-ordered two months before they are published. We offer pre-sale books for issues that we plan to have in stock when they are published. If you purchase pre-order/pre-sale comics now, you will be charged now, and the comics will be shipped after they are all published. If you mix in-stock issues with pre-order/pre-sale issues, you will create two orders subject to separate shipping charges. In-stock issues will ship right away.

CoverRelease MonthSeries / Number / Storyline
X-23 #9
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Feb 2019X-23 [2018] #9   UNAVAILABLE$2.59
X-23 #10
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Mar 2019X-23 [2018] #10   UNAVAILABLE$2.59
X-23 #11
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Apr 2019X-23 [2018] #11   UNAVAILABLE$2.59
X-23 #12
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May 2019X-23 [2018] #12   (series end)UNAVAILABLE$2.59

PLEASE NOTE: The issues presented in this section are either in-stock issues or pre-order/pre-sale issues. To get the largest discount, new comic books can be pre-ordered two months before they are published. We offer pre-sale books for issues that we plan to have in stock when they are published. If you purchase pre-order/pre-sale comics now, you will be charged now, and the comics will be shipped after they are all published. If you mix in-stock issues with pre-order/pre-sale issues, you will create two orders subject to separate shipping charges. In-stock issues will ship right away.

Compilations

In modern comic publishing, it's common (and expected) for individual comic book issues to be collected into compilations of trade paperbacks and/or hardcovers, as well as other special compilations. Unlike the individual source issues, the collected editions typically stay in print for long periods and are less 'collectible.' If individual issues are out of reach or are not of interest to you or if you just need reading copies, the following collected editions of X-23 comic books are the most recent in-print editions and are the perfect alternative to get started right away with X-23. The following compilations are presented in a chronologically-based suggested reading order with softcover editions before any hardcover editions (unless the only in-print editions are hardcover--these are integrated into the softcover list).

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CoverRelease MonthSeries / Number / Storyline
X-23: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL 01Quick ViewJul 2016X-23: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION [2016-TPB] VOL 01
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X-23: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL 02Quick ViewNov 2016X-23: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION [2016-TPB] VOL 02
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ALL-NEW WOLVERINE VOL 01: FOUR SISTERSQuick ViewMay 2016ALL-NEW WOLVERINE [2016-TPB] VOL 01: FOUR SISTERS
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ALL-NEW WOLVERINE VOL 02: CIVIL WAR IIQuick ViewOct 2016ALL-NEW WOLVERINE [2016-TPB] VOL 02: CIVIL WAR II
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ALL-NEW WOLVERINE VOL 03: ENEMY OF STATE IIQuick ViewMay 2017ALL-NEW WOLVERINE [2016-TPB] VOL 03: ENEMY OF STATE II
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ALL-NEW WOLVERINE VOL 04: IMMUNEQuick ViewNov 2017ALL-NEW WOLVERINE [2016-TPB] VOL 04: IMMUNE
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ALL-NEW WOLVERINE VOL 05: ORPHANS OF XQuick ViewFeb 2018ALL-NEW WOLVERINE [2016-TPB] VOL 05: ORPHANS OF X
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ALL-NEW WOLVERINE VOL 06: OLD WOMAN LAURAQuick ViewJul 2018ALL-NEW WOLVERINE [2016-TPB] VOL 06: OLD WOMAN LAURA
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X-23 VOL 01: FAMILY ALBUMQuick ViewJan 2019X-23 [2018-TPB] VOL 01: FAMILY ALBUM
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X-23 VOL 02: X-ASSASSINQuick ViewJul 2019X-23 [2018-TPB] VOL 02: X-ASSASSIN
  
UNAVAILABLE$11.69

1st Appearance

The first appearance of a character in comic book form is often the most valuable issue featuring that character. It's a nice place to get started in X-23, if it's within your budget. X-23's first appearance was technically on television. She appeared in season 3, episode 11 of the X-Men: Evolution animated television series. Her first comic book appearance was in the NYX [2003] mini-series from the same writer. Her origin was not told in that mini-series, but her powers and violent nature were introduced. More likely a curious coincidence than a decade in deliberate planning, a test tube of Logan's DNA appeared in one panel of WOLVERINE [1988] #80 and was labeled '#23.' A fascinating curiousity, for sure, but not likely to ever be the generally accepted 1st appearance of Laura Kinney, the clone child carried to term by Dr. Sarah Kinney. The appearance is listed here, however, as it will undoubtedly be an enduring point of debate among fans.

  • WOLVERINE [1988] #80  (dubious '1st appearance' from 1994...as a test tube labeled 'LOGAN X' and '#23')
  • NYX [2003] #3  (1st appearance of X-23)

Origin Story

The original presentation of an origin story or a retelling/recounting of it can be a good place to get started with a character or subject. X-23's origin was told in a six-issue mini-series published after her first appearance. A follow-up mini-series told the history between her origin and her first appearance.

  • X-23 [2005] #1-6   (INNOCENCE LOST; origin story)
  • X-23: TARGET X [2007] #1-6   (follow-up story between origin and first appearance)
  • X-23 [2010B] #1   (7-page text history of X-23 narrated by Wolverine)
  • ORIGINS OF MARVEL COMICS: X-MEN [2010] #1   (one-page origins of X-Men team members, including X-23)
  • X-23: INNOCENCE LOST MGC [2011] #1   (reprinting X-23 [2005] #1)

Main Publication History

Series beginnings are always great places to get started in comic books. Here is the Main Publication History for X-23 (Laura Kinney) comic books. X-23 was introduced in 2003 and soon became a member of the X-Men, working her way from student to Wolverine's replacement. The writing duo of Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost are credited with the creation of X-23, having written her inaugural television appearance and her origin story in comic books. The writing team crafted all of her consequential early history and included her in all of their stories as they moved from writing assignment to assignment within Marvel. The reigns passed to other writers, and X-23 matured into an important X-team member. Following the SECRET WARS storyline from 2015, X-23 took on the mantle of 'Wolverine' in the ALL-NEW WOLVERINE [2016] series but relenquished it when Logan returned from the 'dead.'

  • NYX [2003] #1-7   (1st appearance)
  • UNCANNY X-MEN [1981] #450-451, 455-460   (1st and subsequent appearances in X-Men)
  • X-MEN [2004] #165   (X-23 moves into the mansion)
  • X-23 [2005] #1-6   (origin series by Kyle and Yost)
  • NEW X-MEN [2004] #20-46   (team member)
  • X-23: TARGET X [2007] #1-6   (history between origin and 1st appearance by Kyle and Yost)
  • X-FORCE [2008] #1-28   (team member; written by Kyle and Yost)
  • X-FORCE: SEX AND VIOLENCE [2010] #1-3   (written by Kyle and Yost)
  • X-23 [2010A] #1   (one-shot)
  • X-23 [2010B] #1-21   (solo series)
  • AVENGERS ACADEMY [2010] #23-39   (team member)
  • AVENGERS ARENA [2013] #1-11   (participant)
  • ALL-NEW X-MEN [2013] #19-24, 33, 35   
  • ALL-NEW WOLVERINE [2016] #1-35   (X-23 succeeds Logan as 'Wolverine' for a time)
  • X-23 [2018] #1-12   (flagship relaunch)

Selected Key Storylines

This section contains a curated list of some of the best storylines for X-23, any one of which can be a good place to get started.

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2005X-23 [2005] #1-6   (INNOCENCE LOST; origin story)
2006NEW X-MEN [2004] #20-23   (CHILDHOOD'S END; a violent and awkward X-23 adjusts to 'mutant school')
2007X-23: TARGET X [2007] #1-6   (TARGET X; history between origin and 1st appearance)
2008X-FORCE [2008] #1-6   (ANGELS AND DEMONS; Cyclops reforms X-Force with the most violent members he can find)
2011COLLISION storyline   (cross-over storyline among X-23 [2010B] #8-9 and DAKEN: DARK WOLVERINE [2010] #8-9)
2016ALL-NEW WOLVERINE [2016] #1-6   (THE FOUR SISTERS; sets up solid status quo as new 'Wolverine,' but incorporates confrontations with her past)

Media Source Material

Media source material cover for X-23 (LAURA KINNEY)

If you've enjoyed non-comic media for X-23, this section describes the comic book source material for some of the most popular non-comic media. WARNING: This section may contain spoilers!

The 2017 movie, LOGAN, introduced the movie-version of X-23. Her origin lines up very nicely with the comic book origin as presented in the mini-series, X-23 [2005] #1-6. There are subtle differences, but they are not substantial. Laura's test designation in the movie is X23-23, as there are many human offspring created from mutant genetic material in the X23 batch. In the comic book, her 'mother' is Dr. Sarah Kinney, one of the geneticists working on the project. Dr. Kinney uses a second copy of the X-chromosome in place of the Y-chromosome to make a breakthrough in 'cloning' Wolverine as X-23, is forced to carry the child herself to term, and smuggles the child out of the project to save her. In the movie, the mothers are captured women, and nurses smuggle the children out of the project. As Hugh Jackman has completed his role as Logan, X-23 is poised to take his place as the Wolverine in the movie universe, as she has done in the comic book universe with ALL-NEW WOLVERINE [2016] #1.

Key Issues

A key issue can be an acceptable place to get started with X-23, but they are more of a collector's checklist, as they can carry high price tags.

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  • NYX [2003] #3   (1st appearance of X-23)
  • UNCANNY X-MEN [1981] #450   (1st appearance of X-23 in X-Men)
  • AVENGERS ARENA [2013] #14   (popular cover; homage to WOLVERINE [1982] #1)
  • ALL-NEW WOLVERINE [2016] #1   (succeeds Logan as 'Wolverine')