Listen to my voice,” he would say. “You know what to do.”
I know what to do. There’s only one thing I know how to do.
Endless List of Favorite Comics || X-23
You are your own person, Laura. Go. Make your life. But know that you are not alone.
ღ Laura Kinney & Remy LeBeau
— You asked why I came lookin’ for you. It wasn’t for Storm. Not the X-Men, either. It was for this. To be here for you.
— Why? You hardly know me.
— You hardly knew Alice.
— I knew enough.
— My point, exactly.
Remy: The girl and I…we both got wounds to heal. I thought I’d be the one helping her. I thought I was over my problems. But it was the other way around. She makes me remember everything.
Amar: That can’t be pleasant.
Remy: No. But it’s good f’me. I have to forgive myself…to be the kind of friend who can teach her how to love herself.
Laura: I am dying. It is…interesting. I find myself thinking about things I have not done. That I will not get to do. I wonder if this is how the people I have killed felt.
Humberto: We’re going to get your powers back. You’ll be able to do all those things.
Laura: There is one thing I will do. Jeremy is using people. Making rules for them that do not apply to him. Treating them as his lab experiments. As his property. This has been done to me before. It is not right. And I will live long enough to stop him.
Avengers Academy #35 by Christos Gage & Andrea Di Vito
Jeanne: But that’s not what’s bothering you. You are trying to decide whether to stand with your current classmates, or your former ones
Laura: I… dislike seeing them held against their will. I understand it’s for their protection. It’s true, if left alone, they would likely endanger themselves. And it is ridiculous to compare it to internment camps or prisons. But still…
Jeanne: The choice is being taken from them.
Laura: Yes. But I am concerned my own emotions and prejudices— having been confined most of my life— are affecting my feelings.
Jeanne: This is not my area of expertise. But perhaps they should.
Laura: Thank you. I don’t know why the others call you cold.
Jeanne: Then I’ve helped you make a decision?
Laura: Not yet.
Avengers Academy #30
So, I’ve been really enjoying the reoccurring theme of choice in Academy, which was very focused on in this issue. From Jenny unsure of whether she should have sex with Ken, even though she’s heavily traumatized by her attempted first-time w/her former bf, but she’s also afraid she might lose Ken if she doesn’t. And Laura lets her know it’s her choice, that if it doesn’t feel right, then she shouldn’t have sex w/him. What truly matters here are her feelings. To Jeanne turning down Humberto & commenting she doesn’t want any of her choices being limited for her. Just because a future turned out a certain way, she won’t let that decide what happens to her. They may have been together in that timeline, and he wants to be with her now, but that doesn’t mean she has to automatically get with him, she has a say on who she dates. And in these panels, Laura’s choice of where to stand in all of this and she ultimately decided based on what she felt was right and wrong. As well as the X-Kids choices being taken away here, that they don’t even get a say in any of this.
And choice was also a huge theme in Marjorie Liu’s solo for Laura and I’m very happy to see Christos Gage continuing that theme with her as well here. Sometimes it’s also glossed over that Laura joining Avengers Academy was actually her personal choice, whereas with the previous teams she’s been on, it wasn’t necessarily her own decision. And I just love that in this book, we are always seeing the kids learning to make their own choices and decisions for themselves on what they feel is right to them, regardless of others. They’re always just growing into better characters.
Jenny: When you said you didn’t know where you stand, did you mean you’re like conflicted or you honestly don’t know how you really feel about stuff?
Laura: I was raised to obey orders. To suppress my feeling. It is hard for most people to understand, Hazmat.
Jenny: Ha. You might be surprised. But in the end you did go your own way, didn’t you?
Laura: In matters of death and survival, more nuanced situations…which I am learning comprise much of life… I have difficulty with.
Jenny: That’s one of the things I like so much about Ken. He just knows how he feels, and he puts it right out there. It’s so…pure. Look the X-kids and the Academy kids are all “West Side Story”, but he and Loa don’t care. They’re surfing. Must be a Hawaiian thing.
Laura: It makes you happy that she relates to him on this level.
Jenny: Of course. He missed surfing so much, and she found a way to let him do it again.
Laura: Why do you become angry when I speak to him?
Jenny: It’s stupid. I know. It all started when evil future Reptil said something about you and Ken hooking up just to mess with my head. Ken killed someone in the war against the Serpent. You know what that’s like. I… ah, who am I kidding? It has nothing to do with you, Laura. Ken and I were getting hot and heavy, and I freaked out. Ran. It wasn’t him. My powers first kicked in when I was with my old boyfriend and he almost died. Foaming at the mouth, seizures… I can’t stop seeing it. Especially when I’m…y’know with Ken. he’s immune to my powers. I know that in my head. But it doesn’t change how I feel. Ken thinks I’m lying. That it’s really about how he looks. Which it’s totally not. I don’t know. He’s such a sweet guy. And he really cares about me. Maybe I should just sick it up and-
Laura: No. If it feels wrong, you should not do it. Not to please someone else. You will lessen yourself.
Jenny: What if I lose him?
Laura: You will be sad. But you will be strong.
Jenny: Looks to me like you know pretty damn well how you feel about things. I’d say your real problem is you don’t sweat the small stuff. But y’know what they say. It’s all small stuff.
Avengers Academy #30
well this post has become quite long~ but ahhhhh! I loved these scenes so much! Jenny finds some common ground with Laura and is finally nice & civil to her. And they get to know a bit about each other. The past few issues, I didn’t like the way she was treating Laura at all, but I think after these moments, Jenny started thinking they could actually become friends. What I love is that Jenny let Laura in and was comfortable enough to tell her about some very personal things that she probably hasn’t talked to anyone about. And that Laura was also able to give her some great and useful advice that was really heartfelt. If I wasn’t already in love with Avengers Academy, I would be now!
I forgot to reblog this yesterday, but I want to throw in my two cents here. Number one, I adore this scene, both for Jenny’s and for Laura’s characterization here. I’m happy because Jenny is realizing that how she treated Laura was wrong, and she’s growing up a bit. I love Jenny, I do, but her unnecessary anger towards Laura rubbed me the wrong way a bit. So I’m glad that she realized it and came to terms with what was really bothering her.
And I love this scene for Laura too. Because her talking to Jenny, telling her not to be with Ken if it doesn’t feel right, harkens back to Laura’s break up with Julian. It didn’t feel right for her to be with him, so she broke things off.
And that’s a good thing! It doesn’t mean that she and Julian will never be together ever, but it means that Laura went with how she felt, not simply being with Julian because he wanted her to be. Laura’s story before Liu’s run was based so much on her meeting other people’s expectations, on only thinking of others. But with this characterization (this growth, really), we get to see that Laura can still be selfless and yet also know what she wants and she’s willing to go for it.
And, in fact, she’s grown so much she’s able to help out other people that are having struggles with the same issues she had.
I think this has been a really nice progression for Laura’s character and I’m really pleased with it.
Favorite Friendships // Laura Kinney & Cessily Kincaid
Everything’s going to be okay. You’re not alone anymore.
Not a fan of how Laura was written in Venom, but I can’t resist posting this darling face! My sweetheart!!
Remy: What are you thinkin’ about?
Laura: Blood. Daken is Wolverine’s son, and he is a killer. I am Wolverine’s clone. I am also a killer.
Remy: That’s not all you are.
Laura: I know. I make my fate.
Daken: Dark Wolverine #9
I didn’t like the way Laura was written at all in the Venom crossover. But Laura is still very fierce here, like always!