Wolverine: Weapon X Hardcover – 4 Apr 2007
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A key theme throughout the comic is that of humanity and what defining qualities make someone human. Throughout the opening pages Wolverine is depicted as a very human character who articulates his feelings through speech and thought. After he is captured however he is depicted as a very beast-like figure, a "man with his subconscious stripped bare" as the Professor perfectly puts it. Caption boxes and speech bubbles are no longer populated by his thoughts and words, but instead that of the supporting characters, making the scientists appear more human than him. Now the only method Wolverine can articulate his feelings with is violence, his main feelings being that of intense rage and pain. Whether this form of expression makes Wolverine less of a human being than those subjecting him to tests is a key strength of this comic and forces you to consider when violence towards others can be justified, if at all.
The theme of fate being foretold as part of a prophecy is also conveyed within the artwork of the opening pages. Before Wolverine is captured and becomes a test subject he experiences nightmares of the Weapon X experiments which manifest themselves as images which gradually appear within the panels, slowly engulfing more of the page symbolising that his fate is getting closer. Similarly the repetition of the phrase; "storm's comin'" signify the coming of an intense torrent of pain to be inflicted on Wolverine, or perhaps his victims.Read more ›
The story, amazing, to find out just HOW Logan came to get his iconic adamantium claws is a big feat but Barry Windsor-Smith is right up there grabbing the Wolverine by the claws (what, I like puns, okay?). While not for fans of purely X-Men nature, this GN is clearly for the die-hard Logan fans. The artwork is very blocky and colourful with thin line work, not too dissimilar to Frank Millers earlier epic, simply put, "Wolverine" and it works so well to project the environment of the story.
Like I said before, a must-have for any long-standing Logan fan or anyone interested in becoming one.
If you've read a load of Wolverine books or even seen the first 2 X-Men movies and the Origins flick, all of this is already old news - you don't have to read this. Most the book is really boring with dull clinical dialogue filling up the pages as we see Wolverine in stasis while he's being operated on.
I felt like this entire story could've been relayed in 4 pages or less as part of a larger Wolverine story - until I realised it had been done in numerous Wolverine/X-Men books, even improved upon. Because all of the interesting questions raised - how did they know about Logan's healing factor? what is Weapon X and what is the purpose of it? who and why were they conducting these experiments? - are never answered. This book exists only to show Logan bonding with the adamantium, having his memory of this experiment wiped, and stumbling away leaving behind death and carnage.
The art is pretty decent: the image of a naked Logan, long, wild hair, claws snikted, covered in blood, with chunks of machinery lashed onto him as he stands above a pile of corpses - it's very cool, iconic even. But does one page of cool art make reading this book essential? Nope!
Weak story and decent art aside, if you're familiar with the character then chances are you know about Weapon X already, so reading this is kind of redundant - you won't learn anything new. I sure didn't and I'm not sure how this book is considered a classic. A classic yawner more like.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Easily one of the best origin stories I've read for a character and not to mention the beautiful artwork and unique point of view that depicts the true savagery of Logan!Published 6 months ago by Kyle Lockhart
Loved it had a to read it twice to follow what was going on lolPublished 17 months ago by Michael hague
I wouldn't be reading comics today if it wasn't for this book. It taught me that there was more to the medium than spandex and aliens. Read morePublished on 19 Feb. 2010 by Camus Lights
I expected to see a more complete Weapon X program story, with more than only 3 scientists, totally disconnected from the marvel universe. Read morePublished on 26 Dec. 2009 by Hallu
"Weapon X" was originally presented as a 13-part story, including a prologue, that was published in 8-page installments in "Marvel Comics Presents" issues #72-84 in 1991-92. Read morePublished on 24 May 2005 by Lawrance Bernabo