Wherever Old Man Logan goes, it’s a world that hates and fears him and his kind. But the enemy of his enemy is his friend, and in Weapon X #1, that’s all it takes to start putting a team together. Is it good?
Weapon X #1 (Marvel Comics)
Why, the times are gettin’ to be that a grizzled old mutant can’t get a lick o’ peace even in the woods anymore, without city folk interruptin’ with their perfumes and repellents and two-foot long, adamantium hand blades. Wait ….
Logan figures that Lady Deathstrike must be tied to his attackers, and he’s more right than he realizes. There’s a spot reserved for him right next to her, along with some players yet to be seen, but if the alternate Wolverine really wants to get to the bottom of things, he’ll have to make amends with an inverted adversary.
Is It Good?
Writer Greg Pak is a consummate professional. He can unfold a story with ease, but technical merit alone can’t always hold a reader’s attention. With an old chestnut like “Weapon X program out to kill mutants,” there really needs to be some kind of extra style to hook people in. There are a few flourishes here and there — like in a truly spine-tingling scene where Deathstrike scratches a chilling warning into the wall of her own containment chamber — but much of the story in Weapon X #1 is rote, and you may end up feeling like you’ve seen it all before. As with much of Marvel’s ResurrXion, the players have slightly changed, but the stage remains the same.
On the art front, well, Greg Land is gonna do Greg Land things. The faces of his women all look the same, and he draws some nice, but predictable, angled action panels during a fight scene and a classic “Logan rides his motorcycle” section. Land does, however, continue to up his game on the other figures and he’s finally able to draw motion without the characters seeming so static, a past criticism of his work. Say what you will about this superstar artist (and that’s what he is, whether you personally agree or not), but it’s clear he actually has been putting in effort to improve over the last few years, something not a lot of people of his stature would be interested in doing.
Frank D’Armata’s colors fit Land’s pencils well, especially in the (again, much-improved) action scenes. There’s one flashback page depicting the history of Weapon X, though, where the greens and purples clash to create an iridescent oil sheen sort of visual, which I’m guessing is not what the creative team was going for.
Weapon X #1 is a solid comic book, but nothing really more than that. If you’re looking for even more Old Man Logan in your life, or wanting to to see how he’ll interact with Sabretooth, you’ll probably enjoy it, but don’t pick this issue up expecting it to revolutionize how you see the X-mythos. Weapon X #1 feels like just another installment rather than something special, but maybe when the market turns its collective nose up at the different, getting back to basics is what’s needed.