Honey Badger (Marvel)
Honey Badger is a female comic superhero that features in Marvel Comics.
X23_4GAB was a female clone of the Mutant known as X-23. (All-New Wolverine v1 #2) She was created by the Alchemax corporation who sought to recreate the Weapon X programs experiments with initially ten such subjects being made though only four managed to ultimately survived. (All-New Wolverine v1 #4)
The captive Gabby was taken by the Cuckoos to become a host body for Esme Cuckoo. (X-23 v4 #3) After taking possession of it, she united her sisters in attempting to claim Cerebro for herself as she intended to live forever. (X-23 v4 #4) With her sisters, she intended to break into the X-Mansion and become incredibly powerful by hijacking Cerebro. Upon arriving a their destination, she was confronted by X-23 and telepathic illusions which were shown to be made by her deceased sister Sophie. The pair revealed Esme's deception to her clone sisters where she stabbed one of the Cuckoos as she battled Laura Kinney. It was then that Mindee used the time to access Cerebro and use its power alongside X-23 and Sophie to exorcise Esme from Gabby's body thus restoring herself to normal. Afterwards, Gabby was reunited with X-23 as they attended a party as a celebration of Laura's birthday. (X-23 v4 #5)
She next attended a stake-out with Laura to watch over a scientist who was among many experts in genetics that were being murdered. Gabby provided support to Laura in the capture of the cyborg assassin who was revealed to be another clone of themselves. The killer was sent to the Tank that served as a prison for things that could not be classified with Beast looking to get the X-Assassin transferred to the Institute when the facility came under attack from armed men. Honey Badger felt sympathy for the cyborg clone and attempted to convince Laura to save her. (X-23 v4 #7)
The death of X-Assassin was deeply felt by Gabby who came to see other clones of them as being sisters. However, Lauren intended to hunt down the remaining labs and destroy the clones under the belief they would be stopping more from suffering. This eventually led to a rift forming between Gabby and Laura with Honey Badger deciding to strike out on her own following an argument with X-23. (X-23 v4 #11)
Personality and attributes
It was said that whilst she had seen much evil that Gabby was innocent and fundamentally good. (All-New Wolverine v1 #4)
Powers and abilities
- Gabrielle was created by Tom Taylor, David Lopez, and David Navarrot where she made her first appearance in All-New Wolverine v1 #2 (January, 2016).
- She was given the code name Honey Badger in All-New Wolverine v1 #28 (2017).
- In an interview on CBR, writer Tom Taylor commented that, "Gabby represents what Laura could have been — what all the sisters could have been. Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost and Billy Tan told a fantastic X-23 story of Laura as a child called “Innocence Lost.” Gabby is the “innocence lost.” The sisters have managed to protect her as she’s grown. They’ve managed to preserve her innocence."
- In All-New Wolverine v1 #33 (2018), an alternate version of Gabrielle was shown set several years in the future. It was shown that she shared the title of Wolverine when her sister Laura had become Queen of Madripoor. At some point, she married a person called Taylor with the pair having several kids. She later learnt that Laura was dying from a genetic disease due to her clone nature causing her body to breakdown and decided to conduct several last missions with Gabrielle accompanying her.
- All-New Wolverine v1:
- X-Men: Red v1:
- X-23 v4: