Over on the AiPT! Comics Podcast our hearts were aflutter when we found out Logan and Captain America may find out their origins were more closely tied than they thought. Weapon Plus is a new series that is set to reveal the origins of the program that made Cap into a super soldier and Logan have the coolest claws in comics. There are other heroes connected too like Fantomex who plays a big part in the first issue out today.
So what’s it about?
Read the preview.
Why does this matter?
We’re about to learn new things about the program that made these heroes into superheroes. Also let’s be honest, when you take Weapon and add it to a roman numeral or letter you’re bound to get a suped-up outrageous new villain for the heroes to fight. Bring it!
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
This story has zip. Ethan Sacks is a writer I keep seeing pop up in my highest scored books and for good reason. It features multiple locations as the heroes rush around trying to track down the bread crumbs Fantomex leaves for them. Fantomex has apparently cracked the origins of Weapon Plus and it’s bad news. He’s long dead, which adds a fun hologram recording to mix things up, but his knowledge rocks Cap. There are some crazy ideas at work here too like a bone-bear-cyborg thing for the heroes to fight among other things. In fact, all the enemies they face off against are strange in their own right. There’s a sense of weirdness behind everything that keeps things humming and interesting.
Anyone looking for big reveals should look at the flashbacks here. There’s an ongoing one that ties into the end nicely and it has a close connection to Captain America. It’s disconnected enough not to piss off anyone who thinks this might retcon stories, but it’s connected enough to give the story some weight.
Art is by Diogenes Neves with inks by Adriano Di Benedetto and color by Federico Blee keeps the action and fighting clear and fun. The monstrous stuff is quite cool too and I simply love the final panel. It’s creepy. Probably the coolest thing in this issue is E.V.A. and how the team draws this incredibly weird ship. There is a full page splash of Logan spilling out of it that’s gorgeous and that’s not even mentioning the city in the background and Cap walking towards Logan.
It can’t be perfect, can it?
Sometimes the art can throw you off. Take for instance a shot of Logan and Cap sitting and Fantomex prattling on. Through Fantomex’s hologram, we can see Cap comically balling his fists in rage. It’s quite odd. Faces can be quite inconsistent and while I appreciate the dramatic shifts in camera angle it makes the faces look even more off.
Outside of that, the book feels a bit nonsensical at this point. The heroes are fighting enemies that are faceless and without character. They tear through the inhuman enemies like any Marvel hero would in a Marvel Studios movie. As a fight comic, this works, but the weight of the story is a bit lost in the monotonous battling.
Is it good?
I like the idea of this book but it doesn’t quite sell me. The art is a tad inconsistent and the story just barely keeping its head above water. As a fight comic though it excels and it’s a fast-paced joy ride.