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Review: Weapon X #1

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.

The Weapon X program is back, but what their goal is remains a mystery. So far, we just know that the original members of the classic Weapon X program are being hunted for their genetic material. Writer Greg Pak returns this classic part of Wolverine’s history to the forefront in a series that feels from the start that it’s a maxi series in concept and execution.

The first issue is the set up picking up after the events of X-Men Prime and after a fight Wolverine is forced to find someone to ally with to take on this new threat which he can’t detect and has him paranoid and on the the run.

While this first issue isn’t bad when it comes to the writing and story, it’s also not particularly exciting to the point I feel like I have to find out what happens next. There’s an energy and charge that feels like it’s missing and some choices in the flow don’t exactly make sense.

Logan heads to a library to use a computer as opposed to using a cell phone to do some searching, or whatever communicator he has to get ahold of the X-Men (he has to have one, right?). The scene just feels like an odd transition from fighting a battle to his next step of finding Creed. Pak also doesn’t quite feel like he has Logan’s speech patterns down. In one panel he calls Creed “man” when you’d traditionally expect a “bub” there. It’s an odd choice that actually took me out of the character. It just didn’t feel like Wolverine/Logan.

Things aren’t helped by Greg Land whose work is mixed in this issue. There’s some solid action and the design of the killer weapons after Logan and Creed look great, but Land has an issue with people’s faces where individuals look the same over and over. The woman hiker in this issue looks like every woman Land has drawn in the past and looks like the woman in the library. A librarian looks too much like Logan, just with different hair. His take on Logan and Creed too feel like they’re missing something, especially compared to the art on Old Man Logan or even the recent X-Men: Gold. At times Logan looks like a stereotypical kung-fu master just with hair, and at other points he looks young. There’s an inconsistancy.

Something didn’t quite click for me reading this first issue. There’s too much that feels familiar, a new undetectable killer robot, dialogue that didn’t seem in character (man vs. bub), and art that at times emphasizes Land’s weaknesses. I’ll stick around until the eventual reveal of who is behind this new Weapon X, but so far it hasn’t hooked me like I expected.

Story: Greg Pak Art: Greg Land
Story: 6.0 Art: 6.0 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Pass

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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America, X-Men Prime, and Captain America: Steve Rogers Go Back to Print

Three of the hottest titles on the stands. Three sold out comics. Marvel has announced that X-Men Prime #1, America #2 and Captain America: Steve Rogers #15 have all sold out at the distributor level (though copies may still be available at retail) and will immediately return for new printings! These three books are lighting up the industry, and now is your chance to get in on all the excitement!

First up, she’s the leader of the Ultimates. She punches so hard she can shatter the barriers between dimensions. And fans everywhere can’t stop talking about her new series! After a lightning-quick sell out of issue #1, America #2 is headed back for a new printing! What are you waiting for? Don’t miss the series that has fans buzzing!

Then, the RessurXion begins as Marvel’s Merry Mutants kick off a new beginning in X-Men Prime #1. It’s back to basics as Kitty Pryde returns to reclaim her rightful place alongside the X-Men. In the wake of their war with the Inhumans, the stage is set for a bright new beginning! Featuring lead-in stories for the highly anticipated X-Men Gold, X-Men Blue and Weapon X – this is not one to miss!

Finally, the road to the upcoming Secret Empire rolls on in Captain America #15! As Hydra’s tentacles slowly work their way across the Marvel Universe, the final seeds of Captain America’s master plan are laid here. There’s only one thing standing in his way – his arch-nemesis the Red Skull! Locked in combat once again, Captain America is done playing games and looks to put an end to the Skull once and for all!

Don’t miss these epic titles when they return to comic shops in the month of May!

AMERICA #2 SECOND PRINTING
Written by GABBY RIVERA
Art by JOE QUINONES & MING DOYLE
Cover by JOE QUINONES

 

X-MEN PRIME #1 SECOND PRINTING
Written by MARC GUGGENHEIM, CULLEN BUNN & GREG PAK
Art by KEN LASHLEY, LEONARD KIRK & IBRAIM ROBERSON
Cover by KEN LASHLEY

 

CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS #15 SECOND PRINTING
Written by NICK SPENCER
Art by JAVIER PINA & ANDRES GUINALDO
Cover by GABRIELE DELL’OTTO

Preview: Weapon X #1

Weapon X #1

(W) Greg Pak (A/CA) Greg Land
Rated T
In Shops: Apr 12, 2017
SRP: $3.99

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 Unites Deadly Mutants For a Deadlier Mission – Your First Look!

Decades ago, the Weapon X program engineered some of the deadliest mutant killers on the planet. Until one day, they mysteriously vanished. But this April, they’re reopening their doors once again! Marvel has released a first look inside Weapon X #1 – the new series reuniting the best-selling X-Men: Phoenix Endsong creative team of Greg Pak and Greg Land!

Under the leadership of its mysterious new director, with more funding and more Adamantium at its disposal than ever before, the Weapon X program has a new mission – exterminate all mutants! And they’ve got Old Man Logan, Sabretooth, Lady Deathstrike, Warpath and Domino in their crosshairs! Will they regret picking a fight with 5 of the most dangerous mutants in the Marvel Universe? Or are their days numbered? Find out on April 12th!

Featuring covers by Greg Land, Rob Liefeld, Dale Keown, Leonard Kirk, and David Nakayama.

Preview: Totally Awesome Hulk #17

Totally Awesome Hulk #17

(W) Greg Pak (A) Mahmud A. Asrar (CA) Stonehouse
Rated T
In Shops: Mar 15, 2017
SRP: $3.99

“BIG APPLE SHOWDOWN” CONTINUES!

A tale too big for the Big Apple! Extraterrestrial action how you like it! Hulk and his new friends Ms. Marvel, Silk, Shang Chi, Jimmy Woo and Jake Oh take the fight into space!

Slashing Meets Smashing in Weapons of Mutant Destruction Crossover!

This June, the claws are coming out as two of Marvel’s biggest comics collide in a hard-hitting crossover for the ages! Marvel has announced Weapons of Mutant Destruction – a blockbuster 6-part crossover between Weapon X and Totally Awesome Hulk! Kicking off this June in Weapons of Mutant Destruction Alpha, blockbuster creators Greg Pak and Mahmud Asrar are pitting the strongest there is and the deadliest there are against the reinvigorated Weapon X program!

For years, the Weapon X Program engineered the most dangerous mutant machines on planet Earth. That is, until they mysteriously vanished. Until today! The Weapon X program has been reopened, more deadly and dangerous than ever before. Under the leadership of its mysterious new director, the Weapon X program has moved beyond their old ways and has a new mission – exterminate all mutants! The key to their master plan? Amadeus Cho, the Totally Awesome Hulk! But why? And what is the sinister secret of Weapon X’s mysterious new “Batch-H” experiment?

Weapons of Mutant Destruction Alpha is written by Pak with art by Asrar and a cover by Skan. Part two takes place in Totally Awesome Hulk #20 with part three in Weapon X #5.

Preview: Big Trouble in Little China/Escape from New York #6 (of 6)

Big Trouble in Little China/Escape from New York #6 (of 6)

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Daniel Bayliss
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Daniel Bayliss
Subscription Cover: Ryan Browne
Price: $3.99

Final issue! As the President unleashes his endgame on the world, it will take every good and bad guy Snake and Jack can find to keep the pillars of heaven from crashing down.

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X-Men Prime #1 Sets The Stage For a New Beginning. Marvel Releases a First Look!

The RessurXion begins here! In the wake of Inhumans vs. X-Men, the Children of the Atom pick up the pieces and charge headlong into tomorrow! And it’s all kicking off in March’s can’t-miss X-Men Prime #1! Featuring a collection of blockbuster creators, the next chapter of the X-Men’s saga begins in this oversized one-shot! Xavier’s dream comes full circle as creators Marc Guggenheim and Ken Lashley give fans a taste of what awaits them in X-Men Gold. As Kitty Pryde returns home after a long absence, the student becomes the teacher as she readies herself to lead the X-Men for the first time! Then X-Men Blue scribe Cullen Bunn teams with artist Leonard Kirk to take the X-Men Blue team into the Danger Room – with shocking results! Finally, Greg Pak and Ibraim Roberson re-open the Weapon X program! What secrets lie within, and why are the world’s deadliest mutants being targeted? The kickoff to the must-read X-Men titles of the spring begins on March 29th in X-Men Prime #1!

Featuring covers by Kris Anka, John Cassaday, Whilce Portacio, and Elizabeth Torque.

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Review: Kingsway West #3

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The Chinese gunslinger Kingsway Law just wants to escape the winged Buffalo Scout Strode and find his long-lost wife, Sonia. But today he finally meets the mysterious community that the swordswoman Ah Toy has sworn to protect—and learns their terrifying secret. Now the fate of the West lies in Kingsway’s hands as he chooses between love and destiny.

The action-packed Kingsway West continues onward in this third issue. Writer Greg Pak creates great internal conflict in Kingsway as he debates becoming a killer once more, or if he should attempt to find his wife. I’m curious to see if Kingsway’s conflict will impact him given how the world around him seems to be forcing his hand.

The series seems to be getting increasingly dark as more issues are released. Artist Mirko Colak creates a heavy contrast in the art, as the overall atmosphere darkens. While I won’t spoil the terrifying secret-guarding the red gold, they are well done. It all gives way to a colorful firefight as they are released.

Story: Greg Pak Art: Mirko Colak
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Totally Awesome Hulk #14

Totally Awesome Hulk #14

(W) Greg Pak (A) German Peralta (CA) Bernard Chang
Rated T
In Shops: Jan 11, 2017
SRP: $3.99

Jeremy Lin and Amadeus Cho have to stop QUASI/MO/DO from creating a cybernetic hive-mind out of the world’s robots! Plus: Kegger’s big moment!

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