Weapon H #5
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Cory Smith
I can remember my reaction when I heard that the “Hulkverine” character from a crossover event last year was getting his own series. As is the case with many books that I judged by the cover, I am here eating my words. The whole “what if the Hulk had Wolverine claws?!?” still seems like an idea I would’ve thought of when I was a little kid. But Marvel took that idea, ran with it, and made it pretty fun.
Picking up from the previous issue, Weapon H is in chains. Dario Agger, CEO of Roxxon is making his offer to Weapon H, Clay, to hire him for a job only Weapon H can do. At the same time Clay’s wife Sonia, and former Roxxon scientist Ella Sterling are infiltrating the same facility. Being against the man and company who is holding him in chains, Weapon H breaks free.
Roaming through the facility, Weapon H frees a couple of other “monsters” Roxxon was holding captive.
With this issue I think we’re finally stepping away from the “lone hero protects the innocent and thinks he’s a monster” that we got in previous issues. The story itself isn’t the most original story ever told, but it fits. Greg Pak knows his way around a Hulk story, and this one just adds Wolverine claws. The dialogue is good, there are some funny moments. There’s one minor character, a Brood infused human, who I hope returns because he is my favorite part of this issue.
The art by Cory Smith is good. Weapon H, Man-Thing, and the Brood-guy all look good. Weapon H is large and imposing, as he should be. Most of the issue takes place in generic hallways, and they all look like generic hallways. The faces on the rest of the people are kind of hit or miss. Dario Agger looks smug when he’s talking, but comes off super goofy when he’s yelling at someone. But the action sequences and the “monster” types all look great.
I still think Weapon H and the idea of a “Hulkverine” is kind of dumb. But I would be lying if I said I wasn’t enjoying this series. Even if you have your doubts, I would recommend giving Weapon H a shot. Greg Pak makes it fun, and it feels different enough to not be just a clone of the Hulk. This issue sets up what will hopefully be a new interesting story for Weapon H that I’m looking forward to reading.
Weapon H #5
Greg Pak makes the “Hulkverine” fun to read, and Cory Smith makes him look monstrous, Weapon H #5 is another good entry into the series.