I get why the big superhero publishers push for cross-overs. It’s a way to get readers to look into other comics and potentially subscribe to them after the cross-over is finished. I’m sure it’s also fun for the writers and artists to collaborate with other teams and write/draw different characters. It’s gotten me to subscribe to new comics a couple of times, but sometimes, enough is enough. I’ve drawn the line with Weapon X‘s current cross-over with The Totally Awesome Hulk. I like Amadeus Cho, and I love what he brings to the Hulk character, but not enough to subscribe to his sole adventures. Sometimes cross-overs can be read without too much knowledge of the other series. Other times, like in the case of IvX, the cross-overs are impossible to interpret without the full story.
The “Weapons of Mutant Destruction” arc falls somewhere between the two. I can get the gist of what is going on and what has happened from only reading Weapon X. However, I’m not getting the full story, and I would like to see how they got from A to B without buying another series. Now that we’re further in the arc, it’s gotten worse. It doesn’t help that the cliffhanger at the end of this issue will be resolved in a different series.
The Weapon X facility has some big plans from the DNA they’ve collected from Hulk and the Weapon X team. That said, it appears not all of the staff is fully aware of what is going on at the lab. They definitely know that they’re making anti-mutant weapons, but it’s quite apparent that they weren’t fully prepared for how their research would be used. You can’t look at the woman’s face below and tell me she’s 100% kosher with the applications of her research.
And yes, those cyborg rats devoured the helpless mutant in the cage before their very eyes. Disturbing doesn’t cover half of it. This same researcher also learned the hard way how some of her other research was manipulated into a killing machine. She’s not happy with any of it, and she’s definitely not going to be happy when she wakes up next arc issue.
As for our heroes, they’re tracking down a new recruit for the Weapon X program, someone who came from “Reverend” Stryker’s Church of Human Potential. Weapon X has plans to make a Hulk/Wolverine cyborg, and they’re looking for test subjects. They have found one in this parishioner.
Even though I have missed a lot of the plot by not reading The Totally Awesome Hulk, the comic has done a decent summarization of the main points of the story. There are other lesser points I wish I understood, but that’s neither here nor there. What is here is once again the delightful banter between Logan and Creed.
For the record, I’d totally follow Creed on Twitter.
Our Rating: meh
Author: Greg Pak
Artists: Marc Borstel and Frank D’Armata
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Publish Date: 07/12/2017
Acquired via Purchase