Who is X-23? If you've been reading the comics, you know she's the titular character in All-New Wolverine. What happened to the old Wolverine? Well, he's dead. Yes, it's sad, but the new one is pretty damn capable. She's Logan's clone, minus the unavailable Y chromosome, manufactured in the labs of the nefarious Facility to continue the Weapon X program.
Unfortunately for the Facility, X-23, a.k.a. Laura Kinney, broke free of her shackles, killed everyone responsible, and went on to take over the mantle of the Wolverine. But is she truly worthy of the title? Well, that's for you to decide. And you better decide quick, because X-23 is poised to take over the cinematic X-Men Universe, as she has the cartoon and comics ones.
So read on to discover badass X-23 moments from Marvel Comics. Find out just who Laura Kinney is and how she stacks up against her predecessor. And then vote up the moments you think might make her the Wolverine we all deserve.
When She Cut Off Her Own Hand to Save Her Cousin
While living with her aunt and cousin, X-23's former handler, Kimura (who is incapable of being hurt by pretty much anything, and yet no one is trying to clone her), released the trigger scent that makes Laura fly into an uncontrollable killing rage, hoping she'd kill her whole family. Luckily, she only killed her aunt's boyfriend, who was a Facility spy anyway. But Kimura handcuffed herself to Laura, and was about to kill her cousin in front of her, when X-23 sliced her own hand off, shackled Kimura to a pipe, and blew up the whole house with Kimura in it. It didn't kill Kimura, but it probably felt pretty good, and Megan and her mom were saved.
When She Blew Up a Weapon X Facility Without Bothering to Leave First
She's actually done this more than once if you can believe it, but it was most awesome when it was with Daken and they both got blown to hell. Of course, they crawled away as hairless, burnt husks and quickly regenerated. In "coolness" terms, this definitely trumps slowly walking away from an explosion without turning back to look.
When She Got Pissed at Angel for Pulling Her from a Fight Just Because She Was on Fire
While facing off against a mutant gang named the Ghosts of Cyclops, one of them blasted Laura with green fire, setting her ablaze. Didn't phase her. She was ready to carry on the fight without even stop-drop-and-rolling first. But her overprotective boyfriend Angel flew in, scooped her up, and dropped her in a fountain to douse the flames. She was none too happy. According to her, "Flaming Wolverine is even scarier than normal Wolverine." Can't refute that.
When She Killed a Killer of Little Girls as a Child
After her niece, Megan, was kidnapped by a serial rapist/murderer of children, Sarah Kinney (X-23's geneticist creator and surrogate mother) took a very young Laura on an unauthorized mission to rescue her "cousin." X-23 tracked down the perp and baited him by pretending to be a girl scout. He subsequently died in an automobile collision. He collided with the roof of a car after she threw him through a fourth-story window.