TITLE: Weapons of Mutant Destruction: Alpha Issue #1
YEAR: August 2017
COMPANY: Marvel Comics
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Mahmud Asrar
Colorist: Nolan Woodard
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Artist: Skan
Editor: Mark Paniccia
Editor-in-Chief: Axel Alonso
In 2017, Marvel announced that the Weapon X program, which has long been decommissioned would be back and now this time they are creating a perfect soldier.
In the pages of “Weapon X” and “Totally Awesome Hulk”, undetectable adamantium cyborgs with mutant powers have targeted Logan, Sabretooth, Domino, Warpath, Lady Deathstrike and Amadeus Cho (Totally Awesome Hulk) leading them to band together. What they found is a secret laboratory conducting horrific genetic experiments with one goal in mind, eradicating all mutantkind.
The arc kicks off in “Weapons of Mutant Distruction: Alpha” Issue #1 and the cover alone shows how frightening this possible new character may be…a Hulk and Wolverine hybrid?
Old Man Logan sends a message to Kitty Pryde about the new Weapon X program, meanwhile Old Man Logan, Sabretooth, Warpath, Lady Deathstrike get into a spar, testing each other if they are ready for what is to come.
As Amadeus contains one of the surviving cyborgs they have captured, he sees that they regenerate quickly when submerged in a green stasis liquid and he is able to track down who these people once were.
Amadeus is also able to figure out that there are 1789 barrels to manufacture cyborgs and they must figure out where it’s being held and it happens to be at Omnitek Laboratories in Oklahoma. As Old Man Logan and crew goes to Oklahoma to inbvestigate, that leaves Amadeus and Lady Deathstrike to investigate the family of the man (the cyborg they captured) and what they discover is shocking.
With this issue, “Weapons of Mutant Destruction: Alpha” issue #1 marks the first comic book I have purchased at a comic store since the late ’90s.
You can tell how far behind I was when I saw the price of the comic book was $4.99, but considering that the last time I was purchasing comics was $1.25, an action figure was $2.99 and my college tuition at the time was $1000 a semester not including books, I figure that $5 for a comic book today, almost $20 for an action figure and $5000 for a semester at my college alma mater probably sounds right. I think.
Personally, it made me feel sad a bit because as a college student way back then, $1.25 could get me more than a dozen comic books for $20. Now, for today’s comic book fan, I can’t imagine collecting titles from Marvel, DC, Image, Valiant and other indepent comic book companies today. You literally have to pick and choose your purchases and budget accordingly.
With that being said, this issue of “Weapons of Mutant Destruction: Alpha” kicks off the reigniting of the Weapon X program and the return of William Stryker, who happens to be a reverend.
Personally, I thought that Stryker was dead. but in this issue, he is very much alive and is responsible for bringing back the Weapon X program.
While the cover is a big tease on the cover, the actually Hulk/Wolverine hybrid is not even featured. If anything, it goes into the recruitment of these individuals who are experimented on and the kind of people they select.
But if anything, it sets up for bigger things to come for issue #20 and #21 if “Totally Awesome Hulk” and “Weapon X” issue #5 and #6 and concluding with issue #22 of “Totally Awesome Hulk”.
But if anything, the memories of wanting to read a story and not finding an issue is all coming back and already, I’m discovering that issues #19 and #20 of “Totally Awesome Hulk” are sold out and online are going for $10 or more a piece. That’s something I don’t miss about comic books but I suppose, the positive thing is that for those who prefer digital, you can easily access the issue by purchasing it on Marvel’s comic store.
But we’ll see how this storyline goes from here on in? I have high expectations.