The cast of NYX (clockwise from top left): X-23, Tatiana and Kiden. Cover to NYX #7 by Josh Middleton
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
Format(vol. 1)
Limited series
Publication date
  • (vol. 1)
  • 2003 – 2005
  • (vol. 2)
  • July 2024
No. of issues7
Creative team
Written by
  • (vol. 1)
  • Joshua Middleton (#1–4)
  • Rob Teranishi (#5–7)
  • (vol. 2)
  • Francesco Mortarino

NYX is a limited series of comic books by Marvel Comics, consisting of seven issues, published between 2003 and 2005.[1] It is written by Joe Quesada with art by Joshua Middleton (issues #1–4) and Rob Teranishi (issues #5–7).[2][3] NYX stands for District X, New York City.[4]

The series features homeless teenage mutants in New York City: time-freezing Kiden, shape-shifting Tatiana, body-shifting Bobby, his mysterious brother Lil Bro, the female clone of Wolverine (X-23), and Cameron, a woman with no powers.[5] The third issue of the series featured the first comic book appearance of X-23, a character originally created on the X-Men: Evolution cartoon.[6] Although the series was cancelled in 2005, a sequel 6-issue miniseries titled NYX: No Way Home was released in 2009.[7]

A second volume is scheduled to release in July 2024 as part of the X-Men: From the Ashes event which relaunches the X-Men line. The series will focus on former X-Men students and Kamala Khan as they adapt to life in New York City in the post-Krakoan Age when mutants are hated and feared even more due to the actions of Orchis. Laura Kinney (formerly X-23) is the only announced returning character.

Publication history

In 2001 writer Brian Wood developed a concept of the series for Marvel with artist David Choe that was to launch Marvel's MAX imprint. The ongoing series, focusing on the characters and how their powers affect their lives, friends and family, was to star Gambit, Rogue, and Jubilee, as well as Angie and Purge, two new characters Wood had created for the series. After Marvel aborted the project, deeming it not suitable for their audience, Wood used parts of this concept for his series Demo.[citation needed]

NYX was planned as an ongoing series, but later was shortened to a miniseries.[3] Throughout the entire publication, there were often long delays between issues because Quesada had always been late with scripts.[8] The first five issues of the series were reprinted in two Marvel Must Haves issues in the summer of 2005, before the sixth issue was released in July. The seventh and last issue was released in September 2005.[1]

Failed spin-off

A second series of NYX was planned for release in 2007, but never materialized.[9][10]

No Way Home

At the 2008 New York Comic Con, a new NYX series was officially announced to launch in August 2008.[5][7] NYX: No Way Home is written by Marjorie M. Liu,[11][12] with art by Kalman Andrasofszky.[13]

Cecilia Reyes makes an appearance in NYX: No Way Home #4.[14]

X-Men: From the Ashes relaunch

See also: X-Men: From the Ashes

A second volume of NYX is scheduled to start in July 2024 as part of the X-Men line relaunch. It will be written by Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing with art by Francesco Mortarino. The series will center on Kamala Khan (codename Ms. Marvel), Laura Kinney (codename Wolverine), Anole, Prodigy and Sophie Cuckoo as the mutant community in New York City adapts to the post-Krakoan Age.[15][10][16]



The series starts with a flashback during which Kiden's father is killed during a drive-by shooting while he and Kiden are getting ice cream. Switching to the present, we see Kiden as an emotionally disturbed teenager who gets into an altercation with another student who is a Latin King gangbanger. She manifests her mutant power during a fight and unintentionally breaks the student's arm.[17] He returns with a gun and she freezes time again before the bullet hits her, but it hits her teacher, Mrs. Cameron, instead. Several months later Mrs. Cameron, whose life has fallen apart as a result of the incident, attempts to commit suicide. Kiden shows up and rescues her after receiving a warning from the ghost of her father.[18] A second vision tells them to visit the Hotel Brasil, where they find X-23, who is working as a prostitute, in a compromising position: standing over her john whose suicide she has just witnessed. The three escape together, but X-23's pimp is upset[19] and sends a hit squad to Mrs. Cameron's apartment. Again, the ghost of Kiden's father warns them, just in time, to leave.[20] Later they bump into Tatiana, who has turned into a dog-beast after touching a puppy that was hit by a car. Tatiana is able to scare away a mob after killing a cat and turning into a werecat. The runaways form a crew and live on the streets, begging for money and dumpsterdiving for food.[21] Eventually they decide to return to Mrs. Cameron's apartment to find money and leave town. X-23's pimp, Zebra Daddy, tracks them down with the help of a banger named Felon, but again Kiden's father appears and warns them.[21] During the confrontation at Mrs. Cameron's apartment, X-23 kills most of the pimp's gang before getting gunned down by Zebra Daddy. Mrs. Cameron falls out her apartment window, and Kiden then must decide whether to kill Zebra Daddy (who it turns out was her father's shooter) or save Mrs. Cameron. Remembering how Mrs. Cameron had taken a bullet for her, she opts to save her. Zebra Daddy is about to kill them but X-23 heals from her wounds and executes him. The team leaves together. In the denouement, it turns out Felon's little brother is also a mutant, and it was he who created the apparitions of Kiden's father. Kiden sends a letter to her mother, but the postman just misses her as she is moving out of NYC.[22]

No Way Home

This series starts with Kiden, Tatiana, Bobby, and Lil' Bro living with Mrs. Cameron. Kiden is still looking for her parents. They come home one day to find Mrs. Cameron's apartment empty, ransacked, and covered in blood.[23] They escape before the police arrive, but Kiden returns and finds clues to local gang banger D'Sean. While investigating his apartment, a scuffle breaks out. Tatiana bites D'Sean and shapeshifts into his likeness, then gets shot by D'Sean.[24] Bobby knocks him out, but his gang comes in and starts a shoot-out. Kiden freezes time while holding Bobby, Lil' Bro, and Tatiana, who are able, then, to join her in the time-freeze. They take Tatiana to a hospital. The doctors realize she is a mutant when a blood transfusion makes her change shape into the donor, then call S.H.I.E.L.D. Kiden and Bobby find the gang leader. Bobby is forced to use his power to subdue him, but then loses most of his memories.[25] Kiden, Bobby, and Lil' Bro then return to the hospital to rescue Tatiana. She hasn't fully recovered from her injuries, so they turn to Doc Reyes for help, but run away after they grow suspicious of her. Kiden then decides to track down Mrs. Palmer on her own after confronting a mysterious lady who is immune to Kiden's time-freezing powers. It turns out that Mrs. Palmer was used as bait to trap the team and exploit their mutant powers, assisted by the ghost of Kiden's dead father.[26] As her father died, he saw into the future and realized that there is only one possible future in which Kiden survives, so he comes back to Earth as a ghost. He makes a deal with a mysterious organization to ensure her survival, but their plan is that only Kiden will survive. Tatiana is able to sneak out by drinking the blood of a mysterious "Sniper Chick" and posing as her. Lil' Bro kills her using one of his apparitions. It turns out the mysterious woman is also the daughter of the leader of the secret facility. Mr. Nixon's ghost apologizes for Kiden killing his daughter, and the man seems indifferent to his own daughter's death since he was able to see Lil' Bro's apparitions cause physical harm. He promises not to hurt Kiden, but will continue to monitor the team. The team escapes the facility and drops Mrs. Palmer at a hospital. They then vow to stay together and to "keep surviving".[27]

Main characters

Volume 1

Volume 2


The series' initial portrayal of Laura Kinney as an underage prostitute was poorly received by fans and critics, with the character's creator Craig Kyle also criticizing the creative decision.[28]

Critics from IGN reviewed the series NYX: No Way Home. Daniel Crown gave issue #1 a score of 6.3 out of 10.[29] Jesse Schedeen gave issue #2 a score of 7.8 out of 10.[30] Jesse Schedeen also reviewed issue 3 giving it a score of 8.5 out of 10.[31]

Collected editions

Title Material collected Published date ISBN
NYX: Wannabe NYX #1-7 May 2006 978-0785112433
NYX: No Way Home NYX: No Way Home #1-6 June 2009 978-0785139966
NYX: The Complete Collection NYX #1-7, NYX: No Way Home #1-6 July 2016 978-0785195986
NYX: Gallery Edition NYX #1-7, NYX: No Way Home #1-6 September 2024[10] 978-1302959067


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  3. ^ a b NYX 7 on THE X-AXIS Archived 2008-09-19 at the Wayback Machine The X-Axis. Retrieved October 13, 2008.
  4. ^ Joe Quesada (w), Joshua Middleton, Rob Teranishi (p), Nelson DeCastro and Chris Sotomayor (i). "Wannabe" NYX, no. 7 (Sept. 2005). Marvel Comics.
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  9. ^ "Marvel WWLA X-men Panel". Archived from the original on 2009-03-02.
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  12. ^ X-POSITION: NYX's Marjorie Liu, Comic Book Resources, August 12, 2008
  13. ^ Andrasofszky talks “NYX" Artwork, Comic Book Resources, October 3, 2008
  14. ^ MyCup o' Joe Week 25 Retrieved October 14, 2008.
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  17. ^ NYX #1
  18. ^ NYX #2
  19. ^ NYX #3
  20. ^ NYX #4
  21. ^ a b NYX #6
  22. ^ NYX #7
  23. ^ NYX: No Way Home #1
  24. ^ NYX: No Way Home #2
  25. ^ NYX: No Way Home #3
  26. ^ NYX: No Way Home #5
  27. ^ NYX: No Way Home #6
  28. ^ "X-23's Creator Weighs in on 'Logan', Her Potential Future, and His One Regret on Her Creation". 10 March 2017.
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  30. ^ Jesse Schedeen (September 10, 2008). "NYX: No Way Home #2 Review. Another fine addition to Marvel's collection of teen titles". IGN. News Corporation.
  31. ^ Jesse Schedeen (October 15, 2008). "NYX: No Way Home #3 Review. Things go from bad to worse for the mutant outcasts". IGN. News Corporation.