TITLE: The Totally Awesome Hulk Issue #19
YEAR: August 2017
COMPANY: Marvel Comics
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Robert Gill
Colorist: Nolan Woodard
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover Artist: STONEHOUSE
Editor: Mark Paniccia
Editor-in-Chief: Axel Alonso
As many are trying to get their hands on the highly hyped “Weapons of Mutant Destruction” which would feature the Weapon X program creating a Wolverine/Hulk hybrid.
I was not fortunate enough to get the Prelude issue which was featured in “The Totally Awesome Hulk” #18 until a few months later ala second printing (although there is no mention of second printing anywhere in the comic book).
With the prelude, this would kick off how the Weapon X Program was to acquire anything from the Hulk to create the program.
As a Russian spacecraft is failing, Amadeus Cho (The Totally Awesome Hulk) is in deep space with a jet pack trying to help the astronauts. But to his shock, he sees a man and woman flying in space and they start releasing missiles at him. Blowing his jet pack.
The man and woman reveal themselves as killer cyborgs that slice open Amadeus, making him bleed and repeated detonations hurting the hulk temporarily and giving enough time for them to inject a syringe and steal his blood.
While Hulk defeats both cyborgs, Logan, Sabretooth and Domino meet up with Amadeus and he reveals that he did tests on the cyborgs and it determined that he found genetic material from the three of them which gave them regenerative abilities to resist adamantium poisoning, Lady Deathstrike’s genetic material for the mechanics of the cyborg and Warpath’s genes to give them flight. And now, Amadeus learns that his blood has been taken and now they can create the ultimate killing machine.
While many people went crazy because Old Man Logan, Sabretooth and Domino are featured in this issue and it’s the prelude to “Weapons of Mutant Destruction”, I felt that the whole story arc was a bit lackluster until you get to the final story arc.
But for what it’s worth, it was a fascinating storyline and bringing a new kind of Hulk into Marvel Comics and the return of the project responsible for creating killing machines such as Wolverine, Sabretooth, Deadpool and others.