I’m of two minds on the matter. I can certainly understand those Laura fans out there who are put off by how her character has depicted of late in the pages of All New X-Men (and as a fellow X-23 fan I share some of these concerns). At the same time, however, I don’t think that criticizing the matter based on Laura’s past experiences of sexual trauma is necessarily fair.
No two people react to sexual trauma in the same way. There are some who become aversive toward sex, detached and disinterested in sexual interactions. And there are others who may become very interested in sex, even promiscuous. And there are some who vacillate between the two; and others still who fall somewhere along the spectrum.
Just because Laura has endured terrible trauma doesn’t mean that she cannot have a healthy sex life. Nor does Bendis’ having her go to bed with Angel indicate his casting aside her past continuity.
Laura has been featured on only a handful of covers for All New X-Men. Two of these covers have shown her in romantic embraces with both Cyclops and now Angel. And to this extent I can fully understand those fans who bristle at the idea that she may be sexual objectified by the writing and illustration (nothing new in comics, but a more sensitive issue when you add in her past history of sexual abuse).
Having finally read the issue, I think the whole matter was handled well. I’m sure there are Laura fans who might object to her hooking up with Warren, but what are you going to do. Laura’s past wasn’t swept under the rug and that to me is the most important part.