Weapons of Mutant Destruction #1
Author: Greg Pak
Artist: Mahmud Asrar
Colorist: Nolan Woodard
It’s finally here! That story that everybody kept seeing a cover for but nobody knew what it was! So much so that my comic store only ordered a single issue! Marvel failed at marketing this one!
Previously: Weapon X is capturing mutants to use their DNA to make the ultimate robot to kill the rest of the mutants. They’ve succeeded in using Lady Deathstrike, Wolverine, Sabretooth, Warpath, and the Totally Awesome Hulk (“luckily” they didn’t get Domino). Now with the team formed and their friends rescued, they are ready to go after the group creating these cyborgs.
Currently: Um…apparently you can get pizza delivered to a Weapon X facility…it just has to go through a lot of security checks.
Logan is preparing the team, getting ready to take on cyborgs. He does take some time out to call Kitty (the X-Man…in case you were curious) and warn her about killer cyborgs that can hide as humans that are out to kill all mutants. She offers assistance but no worries…he’s got his own team. Two of which he attacks with his claws, tearing into both Sabretooth and Deathstrike… to… um… keep them on their toes? We then get a fun training montage (I can almost hear the 80’s rock music that accompanies it)
Hulk is doing his own thing (researching the cyborgs) and the team realizes that the way to find out whoever is making these cyborgs would be to find out who ordered all the green goo that the company uses to add the skin and DNA to the cyborgs. They find a defunct company who was supposed to have disposed of their stockpiles but who never did. They also track down the family of Davey, the Cyborg Hulk had captured in TAH 19 (apparently any cyborg used to be a human being…or horse). Deathstrike and Cho head off to the family’s house. The rest head off to the company who made the chemical.
At the deserted lab, Domino finds stockpiles of money. And she’s happy. Because she loves money. Unfortunately, there are a bunch of feral cats in the building. At least they seem feral. Then they turn into killer cyborg cats. I’m not making this stuff up! I wonder if that helps with allergies? The killer kitties attack (couldn’t resist) and while they’re not necessarily a big threat, they do explode when defeated, just like the other cyborgs. It wouldn’t be such a big deal, but the money is burned in the explosions. Poor Domino… But at least they got what they needed…shipping manifests.
Cho and Deathstrike head to Davey’s “house” (it’s really just a motel) and gas the mother so they can snoop around. They do find a phone that shows Davey’s mom abusing him and killing his cat. What’s really shocking is the fact that she filmed it. That also seems to really shake up Cho.
Elsewhere, in Texas, Stryker prepares a young man for a religious ceremony. Of course, the kid has no idea what he’s really in for as he is shocked unconscious and placed inside a tube of the green liquid. Several other tubes are shown, each with a Hulk/Wolverine hybrid in various stages of growth.
Thoughts/Reviews/Snide Comments: I have been going back and forth since this book came out about how much I like this issue. And I’ve actually flip-flopped numerous times. I don’t like it, I like it, I hate it, I love it, etc. And I came to a realization (an epiphany, if you will). If you view this as the first issue of a major cross-over, it’s kind of a poor jumping off point. Pak spends way too much time with just dialogue and nothing really happening. It’s boring. I mean, look at some of the better starting points in crossovers. They are often mindblowing (X-Men 270, Messiah Complex 1, X-Men 210, etc.). And this one just seemed kind of “blah”.
BUT…if you look at this as just a continuation of a long story arc that started with Weapon X #1, then this issue actually does a great job of setting up the “second act” (if you will). Consider it almost like an intermission. We’ve had non-stop action since Weapon X #1 (mostly, anyways) and now we get to see a little more into what’s going on. And coming from that viewpoint? This is actually a pretty good issue. (FYI…that’s what I eventually did…makes for a much more enjoyable story)
The art could have been better. The close-ups are great to look at, plenty of emotion and detail, but any time the “camera” pulls back, we lose a lot of detail and it’s not terribly enjoyable. Still, the more I look at it, the more I enjoy it. But I’m glad I don’t have Asrar on more books.
A lot of the more personal moments are fantastic. Cho’s reaction to the mother’s video and Deathstrike’s almost non-reaction are a great contrast and you can see that Pak is trying to make Cho grow up a little. Cho comes across almost like a pampered rich boy (who’s also a genius) who is finally seeing how the other half lives. I’m hoping that he’ll actually be forced to kill by the end of the arc. I think his character needs to deal with the ramifications.
And Domino…poor Domino…wants money so badly, but those damn exploding cats.
My biggest complaint about this issue, though? The first 5 pages are delivering a %$^&ing pizza?!
Final Thoughts: Don’t think of this as the start of the arc. If you haven’t already, start at Weapon X #1 and read them in order. Because then this book definitely fits in well.
Rating: 6/10. With the art and the 5 pages of delivering a pizza, I just couldn’t give this a higher score…
To Be Continued: in Totally Awesome Hulk #20