Jack and Troy from ZiaComics.com geek out about the All-New Wolverine. It’s not Logan using that name in Marvel Comics any more. It’s Laura Kinney (X-23), a clone made from his damaged DNA.
X-23 took on the Wolverine mantle following the Secret Wars event. She has a new costume resembling Wolverine’s. X-23 is now the main character in the series All-New Wolverine.
X-23 is a female clone of Wolverine. X-23 has a regenerative healing factor, superhuman strength, senses, speed, agility, and reflexes similar to Wolverine. She also has retractable adamantium-coated bone claws in her hands and feet.
In addition to her own innate powers and skills, X-23 has twice been the host of the Enigma Force, providing her with many special abilities particular to the entity. She is the first mutant to be chosen by the entity as its host, as well as being one of a handful of individuals to do so more than once.
Cloned from a damaged copy of Wolverine’s genome, X-23 was created to be the perfect killing machine. For years she proved herself a capable assassin working for an organization called the Facility. A series of tragedies eventually led her to Wolverine and the X-Men. She attended school at the X-Mansion and eventually became a member of X-Force.
The only genetic sample from Weapon X is damaged. They are unable to salvage the Y chromosome. After 22 failed attempts at reconstituting the DNA using a duplicate X chromosome, the 23rd sample yields a viable sample to combine with an embryo.
After seven years X-23 is exposed to radiation poisoning in order to activate her mutant gene. He extracts her claws, coats them with adamantium, and reinserts them back into her hands and feet. This procedure was performed without affording the child any anesthetic. A “trigger scent” is derived that drives X-23 into a murderous rage when she detects it. X-23 is then trained to be a hired assassin. She is ordered to kill “anyone … everyone … for a price.”
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