X-23 #9 Review

Written by: Mariko Tamaki
Art by: Diego Olortegui, Walden Wong, JP Mayer, Scott Hanna, Chris O’Halloran, and VC’s Cory Petit
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 6, 2019

This month’s issue opens up in an awesome way…we get Gabby and she is singing the theme to the Golden Girls! Yea, it all comes full circle by the end, but from the start, I was smiling and also very worried. Why? Because Gabby keeps immediately falling in love and trusting any clone that happens to cross her and Laura’s path. It is what makes Gabby such a loveable character, but it also makes me a nervous wreck.

I don’t think I am being too paranoid as we see the X-Assasin clone doing some sneaky things before Beast joins in the fun to remind the reader everything we know about this new clone…and a little more. It continues with Beast tracking the signal that we saw Doctor Chandler send out last issue and Laura suits up, revs up the motorcycle and head off to kick some butt. While that goes on, Gabby offers the clone some clothes and asks the types of rando questions that only Gabby would ask.

This issue is always a really quick read and this issue is no exception as Laura eventually starts cutting through a robot army looking for answers and the X-Assasin looks like she may just do what I’ve feared all along…until she joins with Gabby and the two head off to help Laura. For the record, I still don’t trust her at all!

The issue ends with Laura (and the reader) seeing that the gals are up against more than just a couple of clones and Gabby and TUOKS (Scout backward???) teaming up and looking pretty darn cool doing it.

I am a fan of this book and while it’s mainly for the leads, I liked this issue for a bit more. Yea, it’s all set up, but even though we always seem to be dealing with clones and Dr. Chandler is back for the attack, this issue didn’t feel as “been there done that” as some of the past ones did. I admit that I really can’t put my finger on why as much as I’d like, but I am happy for it. Plus, bookend Golden Girls jokes was simply brilliant!

I think my favorite part of the issue was the art, however. Diego Olotegui’s art was fantastic and the double page spread of Laura kicking butt was easily my favorite page since this series began.

Final Thoughts:

I love Laura and Gabby and if TUOKS doesn’t kill them both, I may even learn to love her as well. This issue is another quick read, but it’s got humor, action, and Gabby! That’s pretty much enough for me.

8.5/10

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