Wednesday, December 18, 2013

All-New X-Men Issue 20

Issue 20 of All-New X-Men hits the stands today.  This is the issue where X-23 will be formally joining the team.

It picks up from issue 19 with a brief jump that doesn't really explain the location transition, but otherwise, if you're curious, the issue reads fine.  Laura comes across as herself and in character per what she's gone through in the last month or 2 of her life.  It's offhandedly mentioned as a "year of hell" but Arcade's island was only 29 days.  Prior to that was her stay at Avengers Academy.  The Avengers Arena kids were abducted during winter break on Christmas Eve.  That puts this issue at taking place roughly at the end of January or beginning of February.

In fact, that seems to be the only goof anywhere in the comic.  I'll be honest.  I was a bit concerned with how issue 19 read to where this may be going, but it's nicely and succinctly explained outside of only one real question left outside of that "year of hell" remark.

Why didn't anyone notice she disappeared from where she was recuperating after Avengers Arena?

So far it's reading like X-23 will be a fantastic addition to the team.  Bendis, so far at least, has got a decent handle on her written voice for an interesting portrayal.

Other than that, no spoiling until next week!  Well, unless it's in the comments.  I don't like to spoil on day of releases.  So go buy the comic instead!

Soon though, here on KP we'll be diving into her healing factor.  The story elements from these two issues do fit nicely into that.  So the entry has been pushed back to accommodate them and not be a release day spoiler.

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