X-23 #17

Review by: krooze

What did the
community think?

Avg Rating: 4.4
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Story by Marjorie Liu
Art by Sana Takeda
Letters by Cory Petit
Cover by Kalman Andrasofszky

Size: 0 pages
Price: 2.99

It seems strange that Marvel cancelled this series before taking the time to see the sales of this “all new story”. I guess since they didn’t slap a “.1” on it, they didn’t have much faith in it attracting new readers. They’ve also only just shifted this book to “day and date digital”. It’s a pity, because those 2 factors were what got me to buy this book. And I’m glad I did.

When this iteration of X-23 launched I decided to skip it. I didn’t really like X-23 when written by anyone other than Kyle and Yost, and the art wasn’t to my taste. But then I saw some of the things that were going on in the book and was intrigued. This issue is everything I used to love about Marvel. The perfect balance of fun and drama. The underlying “soap opera” romances. The sense of a truly connected universe. Marjorie Liu has a great feel for the character and those around her, and I’m excited now to head back and pick up the first trades.

I fear that many people will pass on this book, knowing it’s about to be cancelled, but that would really be a loss. This is fun, enjoyable comics with some really great character moments. Well worth checking out.

Story: 5 - Excellent
Art: 4 - Very Good


  1. Dam, based on the rating it seems to have a solid fan base whom like the direction, and why didn’t marvel move this to just digital to see what would happen with such a following.

  2. Move it to “just digital”? Do you really think more people would buy it digitally than buy it in LCS’s? The cost of paper is not so much. Marvel gives out a ton of free preview comics every week. Last week they DOUBLED every LCS’s order of “Point One” for free. And “Point One” was an oversized issue. It’s not paper costs, if that’s your underlying rationale for suggesting this be “digital only”.

    • paper and shipping freight is the most expensive part of printing and i’d venture to say the biggest cost in the entire comic production process. Yes its cheaper to keep the presses running and overprint a run, but the paper and freight still add up, even with all the preferred vendor deals in the world. Don’t mistake the Point One loss leader thing to mean that printing is almost free because its not. Marvel is obviously doubling down on point one to do gangbusters and made a one time calculated risk.

      If you can eliminate a gigantic hard cost (that is as much as a nice used car) from your monthly costs by going digital exclusive, you can potentially make a larger profit by selling less copies.

    • I’m pretty sure paying the editor, writer, penciller, inker, colorist, letterer, and assistant editor is the bigger cost.

  3. @josh–now that i think about it, you’re probably right on that, even on the 2nd tiers of creators and such. Speaking as someone who’s bought printing and shipping on 20k + of printing before, i can tell you that you’re jaw would drop if you saw how much simple things can cost.

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