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Wolverine: Weapon X Premiere HC Hardcover – 4 Apr 2007

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics; 01 edition (4 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078512327X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785123279
  • Product Dimensions: 26.6 x 17.9 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,614,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wolverine: Weapon X tells the story of how the unbreakable metal adamantium was grafted to Wolverine's skeleton while he was a part of the Weapon X programme and the events that ensued afterwards. This TPB collects issues #72 - 84 of Marvel Comics Presents.

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.
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Well, what can I say that hasn't already been said? This is writing at it's best. I was recently reintroduced to the world of comic books and not to mention, Wolverine in general of whom I've always been quite a fan. I decided to start with this particular title based on the release of X-Men Origins: Wolverine. A film I never truly enjoyed but found watch-able. One thing that has bugged me over the years are production companies blatant disregard for continuity (i.e Constantine: Hellblazer, of which again, I am a huge fan). But then again, I'm here to review the graphic novel, not the defecation of a fantastic comic book character.

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.
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This book explains how Wolverine came to have adamantium claws/skeleton. That's it. He's abducted, taken to a lab (where the entire book takes place), he's mostly unconscious speaking very little, the adamantium bonds with his bones and his healing factor prevents him from dying, the scientist tries to control him, fails, Wolverine's memory is wiped in the process, Wolverine kills everyone and escapes into the wilderness.

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.
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The weapon X graphic novel tells the story of how Wolverine gained his adamantium coated skeleton. It shows the torture he underwent and the hands of the mad scientist that came up with the weapon x process and then goes on to show how he rebelled against the system , with a little twist at the end of the story. Although the art work is old it is very detailed and well drawn, some might say up to todays standards only the old fashioned colouring methods sometimes lets it down.I recomend this book to any fan of Wolverine who does not have it and to any comic book fans who like a really good read.
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