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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics; Direct Ed edition (22 Aug. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078511971X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785119715
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 0.6 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 639,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Random Hero on 21 April 2010
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After the emotional climax of Innocence Lost, Target X had a tough act to follow but I'm pleased to say that it is just as good as the debut of X-23.

The story is told in a series of flowing flashbacks that show what X-23, whose dying mother has named Laura Kinney, has done since escaping the facility that made her, attempting to build a normal life whilst living with her aunt and cousin. More of Laura's growing sense of humanity is shown as she bonds with her family, attends high school and adapts to a normal life, but don't think this is just character development in this book, because the action sequences are explosive and intense. Laura's former handler, the indestructible and sadistic Kimura is introduced, and when she threatens Laura's new family, all hell breaks lose.

The story and dialogue are brilliant, the characters are believable and engaging and the amazing artwork shows the emotions of X-23 perfectly. Throw in cameos from Wolverine and the X-Men, Captain America and Daredevil, and you've got yourself a great book that is difficult to put down once you start reading it. If you enjoyed Innocence Lost, I highly recommend this sequel, as well as to any modern X-Men fans
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary Hilton on 26 Aug. 2012
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First, if you are thinking of buying this then the first thing you need to know is that you should really read "X-23 Innocence Lost" to get the best out of it. "Innocence Lost" documents X-23's origins and shows how she was raised and trained in a laboratory to become the new Weapon X and how she eventually escaped the Facility. "Target X" then shows what happened to her next, and it references many characters from the first series. In fact, this is one of it's strengh's as it quite cleverly expands on and overlaps scenes from "Lost Innocence".

The Art work is stunning, characters well rounded and the story well written and clever. I have only 1 criticism and that is that they introduce a character called "Kimura" who they CLAIM was her trainer in "Lost Innocence" yet was never mentioned! They clearly needed a nemesis for X23 to battle and a character to act as her "counter" which I accept, but it is frustrating to see this new character shoe-horned in after seeing such a well crafted story built up so cleverly in the first book.

Other than that I cannot fault this story and would tell any casual or hardened fan to get it without hesitation!
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Be aware that this book was originally released in 2007 but some sellers are passing off the 2nd Print from 2010 as the original.
It's a cracking read but you should probably read the first mini series featuring X-23 collected as X-23: Innocence Lost TPB before you read this.
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By Ryan Carvalho on 30 Mar. 2013
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Story good, art work okay but not as good as it could have been, but just enjoyed the character & her continuing story so much that I had to get this graphic novel
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Phenomenal 23 Nov. 2008
By Savant11 - Published on
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This is truly a phenomenal story and probably one of the best and most sophisticated North American comic books. I have ever read in my 20 years of reading and collecting comic books.

X-23 Target is the follow up story to X-23:Innocence Lost.. X-23 whose real name Laura Kinney, is a clone of the X-Men's Wolverine. You can almost say that she's his `sister' (though daughter would be more appropriate). She was bred by a mysterious corporation in order to be an almost indestructible fighting machine and killer. She's sold out to the highest bidder to do assassination jobs.

Laura is essentially kept like an animal or a machine whose only purpose is to do as she is told. She is given no love and affection at all, except from her `mother', Sarah Kinney, the woman and scientist whom she was artificially inseminated with and gave birth to her. In X-23: Innocence Lost, we see that Sarah Kinney (who has her own horrific demons to contend with) has to very careful in the way she treats and deals with her daughter.

The topics of child abuse, abandonment and loneliness has been touched upon and covered in many comic books. It's pretty standard stuff., 90% of superheroes are the product of a dysfunctional childhood. However none of the books I have read have shown the feelings plight and suffering of any of these children in such a profound way.

Kyle and Yost convey Laura's situation without being heavy handed or trite. It breaks your heart to read about her plight, but at the same time you can't help but admire Laura for her bravery.

One of the reasons I like Laura so much is the fact that apart from the fact she's so efficient is her stoicism. She isn't hard or angry. But neither is she pitiful. Not once do we see her cry from her abuse or beg for mercy. She suffers it all with admirable yet heartbreaking bravery.

In addition like many of the best and top notch Marvel heroines. Laura can handle her emotions and she is a strategic thinker. She's not undisciplined or stupid.

If there is one character I could compare her to it, is Elektra. Another Marvel character who is also an assassin. However Laura is more chilling since she is only a 15 year old girl.

The artwork in this book is great, Choi and Oback did a great job. Especially in conveying Laura's state of emotions, which can be seen by the deadness in her green eyes.

I have a read many good stories in my 20 years of collecting comic books. But I really don't think that I have read one that has touched me this way. And that is very rare.

I highly recommend this book and it's predecessor X-23: Innocence Lost.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
just buy it 26 Jan. 2012
By guy - Published on
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i really dont know what to say other than the fact this comics was awesome, the narritive is kinda like a movie, x-23 is being interrogated by captain america and matt murdock x 23 lawyer (daredevil) about her assasinations and the events leading up to her capture as x 23 tells the story of what happened ending with an awesome fight with wolverine. the art dialog and story are fantastic i highly recommend this
X-23 Fans 19 Jan. 2013
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This is my second X-23 comic book, and my second comic book period. I've always watched superhero movies, but I decided I needed to buy a comic book. It took me quite some time to pick out the right comic book, I wanted beautiful art, a strong female lead, and I knew it had to be X-Men oriented. I grew up with the X-Men cartoon and I just barely remembered X-23 making an appearance.
My first X-23 comic features the Fantastic Four, but more importantly Spiderman, Gambit, Wolverine, and Jubilee! This one features Captain America, Wolverine, and Daredevil! Thus, I now have two X-23 comic books with a few special appearances. The art is beautiful, the storyline interesting, and the characters real. I just love X-23's personality and I know I will be buying more X-23 comics! And I can hopefully start collecting a few others.
X23 : TARGET X 6 Mar. 2011
By Danny - Published on
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I love this series. This collects the 6 issue limited series written by CRAIG KYLE & CHRIS YOST and with art by MIKE CHOI & SONIA OBACK. This is the 2nd X23 limited series. If you enjoyed the 1st run you will definitely love the second run. It continues and picks up where the first one left off and leads into her first contact with Captain America, DareDevil, & Wolverine. Alot is done with her the way I always invisioned things being done with Wolverine. I managed to get a SOFT COVER copy of the trade since the prices for the Hard Cover are just rediculously out of hand. I got mine for under 13 bucks with S&H.
Worth it 27 Jun. 2013
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I just got into the whole X23 story and I must say I was not disappointed. Some people like to argue that it is just old Wolverine origin stories retold, but it is defiantly not. While Logen's memories are not intact through most of his stoires, X-23's are and in fact haunt her. I think that this alone sets her apart, as well as having a mentor like Wolverine is a plus as she is trying to come to terms with her past and become a person in the process.
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