Marvel.com: Also in March we see you send off the X-23 series with artist Phil Noto. What’s it like bringing this series and this chapter of Laura’s life to a close?
Marjorie Liu: Bittersweet, I must confess. I love this character, and it’s been a true privilege working with such talented artists. In fact, the last issue itself will be entirely “silent,” told only through Phil Noto’s incredible art.
It seems this series has been about X-23 finding out about herself past being an experiment and also past being the clone of Wolverine. Do you think she figured that out yet?
I don’t think so, but she’s trying her best. It’s hard to shrug off the past, but each step takes her closer to finding her own individuality. The key is choice, and belief in that right to choose for herself, and she’s got that. She’s learning to exercise that part of herself in some beautiful ways.
X-23 has matured a lot as a character since you first took her over, and in a way you’re handing her off to join AVENGERS ACADEMY as this series ends. What’s it like bringing that to a character and then letting go?
I always knew I would have to let go, so that part isn’t difficult. What makes it hard is that I still had some stories I wanted to tell!
Although this issue brings to a close X-23 as a series for now, could you foresee revisiting X-23 down the road, perhaps even in ASTONISHING X-MEN?
I hope so!
X-23 concludes with issue #21 on March 13.