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X-23 Finally Learns the Truth Regarding Her Clone Origin

WARNING: This article contains spoilers for Hunt For Wolverine: Adamantium Agenda #4 by Tom Taylor, R.B. Silva, Adriano Di Benedetto, Guru-eFX and VC's Joe Sabino, on sale now.

Kitty Pryde tasked Iron Man with helping to recover Logan's missing body in the Hunt For Wolverine miniseries, Adamantium Agenda, leading to the reformation of the New Avengers (Iron Man, Spider-Man, Luke Cage and Jessica Jones).

Their search led them to a black market auction deep in the sea, where it was revealed the DNA of Luke and Jessica's daughter was stolen and put on sale to the highest bidder. The villain behind the genetic theft was the X-Men villain, Mister Sinister, who is known for dabbling in stolen DNA. Mister Sinister's involvement wasn't the only surprise, however, as Wolverine's cloned daughter, X-23, also appeared on the scene to investigate her father's missing body.

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Though Adamantium Agenda revolved around the Wolverine mystery, that doesn't mean other characters weren't impacted by the final issue. Laura Kinney, the former All-New Wolverine, learned some valuable information about herself that while new to her, was old news to readers of her solo adventures.

Potential vs. People

One of the major discoveries was the fact that Mister Sinister had successfully collected the DNA of every person in the Marvel Universe. Of course, the villain took extra care with his mutant database, securing it with extra encryption requiring Tony to work his magic in decrypting it. Iron Man's teammates begin to give the Armored Avenger the side-eye, however, due in large part to his checkered history with doing the right thing.

Logan even had a one-on-one talk with Tony about this very subject on a mission years ago, which left Logan in the heart of a massive explosion. As his body began to regenerate, Wolverine confronted Iron Man over his pattern of favoring potential over people. "I die, you leave me alone," Logan said before pleading, "See people before potential."

You might be wondering what this request has to do with our story? Well, the old Iron Man would crack Mister Sinister's database for his own scientific enjoyment and curiosity. But after his talk with Wolverine, Iron Man stays true to his word and thinks only of the people by destroying the mutant archive -- but not before uncovering a crucial detail regarding the contents of X-23's DNA.

And The DNA Results Say....

With their search at its conclusion, the Avengers and X-23 regroup back at Luke and Jessica's home. Using her enhanced senses to hear Tony's increased heart rate whenever he looks at her, X-23 can tell he is keeping a secret -- and she's right. Along with having a mutant database, Mister Sinister also created a section dedicated just to members of the X-Men. Before destroying all the records, Tony took a peek at the X-database, and Laura's file in particular.

What Tony uncovered is Wolverine's DNA wasn't the only sample used to clone Laura. Sarah Kinney, the scientist who carried Laura's cloned body to term and considered a motherly figure to the X-Man, has her DNA inside Laura as well. Therefore, just as Logan is considered X-23's father, Sarah is confirmed to be her mother.

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While Sarah gave physical birth to X-23, Laura was also responsible for Sarah's death after going into a berzerker rage caused by Sarah's exposure to a trigger scent. It's here that Sarah gave X-23 the name "Laura" before passing away. However, what Laura didn't know is Sarah also left her a letter revealing that she was, in fact, her mother.

Sarah would return to the land of the living in the recently-concluded All-New Wolverine series, but without mentioning part of her DNA was inside Laura. Of course, Hunt For Wolverine: Adamantium Agenda #4 finally revealed this information to X-23, leaving her with a lot to think about as it pertains to her cloned lineage.

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While writer Tom Taylor no longer pens X-23's solo title, he does have her as a member of X-Men Red, so there is the possibility he continues to explore this development further in the ensemble series down the road.

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