Infinity Wars Weapon Hex #1
Writers: Ben Acker & Ben Blacker
Artist: Gerardo Sandoval
What happens if we take one part X-23, and mix in equal parts Scarlet Witch? We get Weapon Hex, obviously! While we’re in the middle of the Infinity Wars event, we’re getting some fun Infinity Warps stories. We’ve seen the Soldier Supreme, and the Iron Hammer, now we see the origins of Weapon Hex.
At the top of Mount Wundagore, Dr. Sarah Kinney and Herbert Wyndham are attempting to bring Mephichthon to earth. After 22 attempts and 22 failures to use people as a magic vessel, the 23rd succeeds, and Laura is born. In short vignettes, we see moments from the life of Weapon Hex and her training. All counting down to M-day, when Mephichthon will take over her body.
We’ve only had three of the “warps” so far, but they’ve all been good stories. Weapon Hex is no different. The character physically looks like Laura Kinney, X-23, more. But a lot of the story and settings take their cues from Scarlet Witch. She has the claws and healing factor, but also some magical abilities, and comes from Mount Wundagore. We see the life of Weapon Hex play out though jumps in time, from before her birth to M-day. This really plays out like a “standard” origin story. Standard in quotes because this isn’t a cut and paste origin or character. For the most part, you can see where the story will go from the beginning. But in this story, the fun comes from the side characters, and who they’re warps of.
Besides the obvious Weapon Hex, there’s the Hellhound, who is Magik and Rachel Summers. We see Elsa Bladestone, the leader of an atheistic extremist group targeting Weapon Hex. There’s also the “Midnight Guns”, led by Hellfire, who is the Punisher mixed with Daimon Hellstrom. There are others, of course, but I don’t want to give away too much.
On the subject of the warp characters, the art in this issue is really good. The highlight for me being the warped characters. Their designs are great, mixing aspects from the originals neatly. You can tell who is who, without too much trouble. Besides that, everything else in here is on par. The backgrounds look appropriately “dark” and mystic for the type of mystic story taking place. And the colors really mix well with the art style as a whole.
We haven’t seen all of the warp characters to come out of Infinity Wars yet. But of the three we have seen, I think Weapon Hex might be my favorite. If only because of the number of side characters we get, and how well their warps work. To add to that, the art is great and portrays both characters in every warp. The story isn’t the best, but it’s a good mix of both X-23 and Scarlet Witch. Overall, this is a good issue, and definitely worth reading.
Infinity Wars Weapon Hex #1
The Infinity Wars Event has brought us a lot of "warped" characters, but Weapon Hex is the best one so far. The story isn't bad, but it is pretty straightforward. Even so, the art and number of warped characters make up for it, and make this comic wroth reading.