WEAPON X #1
Written by: Greg Pak
Art & Cover by: Greg Land
Published by: Marvel Comics
Decades ago, the Weapon X program produced the deadliest mutant killers on the planet. Now, with more research, more funding and more Adamantium at its disposal, the Weapon X program is creating new killers for old targets: Old Man Logan. Sabretooth. Lady Deathstrike. Weapon X isn’t just experimenting on mutants anymore…it’s eradicating them. All of them. Plus: Deadlier and more shadowy than ever, you won’t believe who’s taken the job as Director of Weapon X! Reuniting X-Men: Phoenix — Endsong creative team GREG PAK (World War Hulk) and GREG LAND (Uncanny X-Men)!
Weapon X #1 was somewhat of a head scratcher. The first issue sees old man Wolverine on the run because he’s being hunted by the same organization that gave him his adamantium skeleton in the first place. My question is, is this the same Old Man Logan I just saw in X-Men Gold? Because if it is, over there he didn’t seem very concerned about being hunted down. Not to mention he looks even older in Weapon X #1.
Anyways, issue #1 finds Logan in the middle of nowhere spending some quality time with some furry woodland creatures when he’s attacked by some robots or something. The action is pretty good, but ti could have been better if these two things could say something more than just “Dieeeeee!”
Meanwhile, Lady Deathstrike is being held prisoner in a tube of some kind by people we don’t know. I assume this takes place after her appearance in X-Men Prime #1, but I’m not sure yet. Next to Deathsrike there are tubes labeled “Warpath,” “Sabretooth” and “Domino.” Guess this explains why Domino shows up on the cover, but not inside the comic.
It would seem that Weapon X has reformed and is hunting down all its ex-soldiers, including Sabretooth and Lady Deathstrike. This sounds like a cool premise, so I’m hoping Greg Pak’s story pays off in the end.
Once upon a time, Greg Land was one of my favorite comic book artists. Go find his Nightwing mini series from the mid 1990’s, or his stuff in the Birds of Prey monthly. This dude was good. Then, in the early 2000’s, his art began to look photoshoped, and his style stayed that way since his run on Sojourn. However, I’m pleased to say Land provided some quality artwork throughout Weapon #1.
The action scenes are great, and the quieter moments were nice too. Another nice thing about Greg Land’s art here is that the women in the comic look like women, not photoshoped Victoria’s Secret Models. Weapon X #1 has a bit of the classic Greg Land style, mixed with the new, and I liked it.
Without a doubt Marvel’s ResurrXion is the best thing that’s happened to X-Men comics in… well, years. For the first time since maybe the 1990’s, the X-Men are once again acting like the X-Men I used to love as a teenager.
So far, X-Men Gold #1 and X-Men Blue #1 have been pleasant surprises. Both books took Marvel’s mutants back to the their roots, and it worked! These comics proved that talented creative teams + good stories = great comics. So after reading the Gold and Blue issues, my expectations were high for Weapon X #1. Maybe too high.
Weapon X #1 is a good comic, but it is not as good as X-Men Gold #1 and X-Men Blue #1 were. This issue is just setting the table for the next couple of arcs. But that’s okay, because there’s definitely something worth sticking around for here. While not a perfect debut, Weapon X #1 is worth a look.
Weapon X #1 score: B-