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X-23 Vol. 1: Family Album (X-23 (2018-2019)) Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B07L44X84K
- Publisher : Marvel; Illustrated edition (9 January 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 140700 KB
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- Print length : 137 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #56,483 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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“ X-23: Family Album” is a story about a clone created to be an assassin with a designated codename of X-23, but the operative uses her given name of Laura from her past caretaker as a way to humanize herself and pursue redemption while caring for a clone of herself who is named Gabby. Deciding that they are relatives of each other, Laura and Gabby consider themselves to be sisters who love each other and disagree with life’s pursuits just like many families who care for their members. As Gabby contemplates the meaning of life for a clone and how to celebrate the anniversary of a clone’s birth, a different family of powerful sisters with an ability to control others by accessing their minds determines that Gabby is key to revitalizing a dying member of that different family. Those powerful sisters unleash a pursuit to capture Gabby and Laura will engage in a thrilling rescue for her adored sister.
Five stars are earned for “X-23: Family Album” due to its story, commentary about current events, its philosophy regarding future actions, character growth, and its art. The story of “X-23: Family Album” is interesting due to humor that causes liking for characters and quick pacing in the unveiling of events which causes a reader to become engaged in the story telling. The story’s tone changes in an unpredictable manner but those alterations are logical and incremental which overall establishes a nice flow that keeps one interested to learn the next event and discover how the tale will conclude. Noted traits of the story result from interesting commentary from writers who clearly are analyzing current events about cloning and the experimentation with genetics which made news in late 2018 within the scientific community; writers of “X-23: Family Album” are expressing views that consider the degrees of humanity clones can have and their amount of similar actions that human families also perform. Tied closely to such commentary, is philosophy that muses upon a possible future where a person has been cloned and the relative idea that considers consequences of altering peoples’ minds as well as their emotions. Duly, philosophy contemplates how that alteration will affect a family which creates interest in reading the story.
Character growth of the assassin X-23 who calls herself Laura is engaging because it is not repeating her past conduct that was very brutal and sometimes a little vulgar: Laura’s character growth entails her maturing into a being who can perform self-control and parenting skills since Laura has decided to take care of her younger sibling Gabby. Raising a child causes Laura to become calmer than she was as an assassin because Laura models humanity hoping that Gabby will learn how to conduct that same humane manner which may result in the clones being accepted by humans and beings who hold prejudices against others who are not like themselves. That is a trademark of Marvel Comics, depicting actions that show characters trying to be accepted or simply tolerated in a world of prejudice and violence against those who are considered to be different or inferior, and “X-23: Family Album” conveys that trademark in a novel way for the character X-23 since she is acting as a caretaker and a role model. Being brutal would be redundant since that is how X-23 started off in comic books and that conduct lasted years, so if readers want to learn about Laura’s violent abilities, then readers need to read the old comics titled “X-23 The Complete Collections Volumes 1 & 2,” “X-Men: The Messiah Complex,” “Cable/X-Force: The Messiah War,” "X-Men: Second Coming" and “X-Force The Complete Collection Volumes 1 & 2.”
The art is quite neat. There is a lot of symmetry for body shapes, facial features, and settings that also depict depth. Environments often look balanced with their various objects, structures, furnishings, plants, and weather depictions. Textures are simple with a few lines to represent specific details, shadings are smooth, and lines for the entire artwork are fine. Colors are lightened so they are not too bright and they are tinted slightly with varying orange, purple, blue, and a short use of red. Most of the time, tints do not overwhelm other colors which can dull or obscure them; colors are clear overall since the covering of tints are slight.
If people are curious whether to actually purchase “X-23: Family Album” since it does mark a novel change in story telling about Laura since she is now a caretaker or because the art may not meet a reader’s preferred tastes, people can always find book trailers that incorporate original music from musicians who compose music themes for characters which can be viewed by using a search engine and typing the title of a comic and adding the words trailer or theme after comics’ title.