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411’s Comic Reviews: Weapons of Mutant Destruction #1, Secret Weapons #1, More

July 6, 2017 | Posted by Steve Gustafson

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Weapons of Mutant Destruction #1

Review by RobF

Weapon X, in recent years, has been somewhat of a joke. Greg Pak, through a comic of the same name is trying to change the perception. With Weapons of Mutant Destruction, Old Man Logan, Sabretooth, Lady Deathstrike, Domino, Warpath and the Hulk have reluctantly teamed up to battle an army of genetically altered cyborgs and have made WX a credible threat.

Previously I reviewed the Weapon X series and I lamented how Marvel seems to be rehashing old material without breaking any new ground. With Weapons of Mutant Destruction, I am sure I was correct. This story does what several issues of Weapon X couldn’t do: make me care. This one issue explains the mission, sets up the team, and easily settles each character in their roles. And it seamlessly adds the Awesome Hulk to the mix. It makes the previous issues irrelevant.

Greg Pak has found his voice here. He has both allies and enemies working together to end a mutual threat. The sarcastic comments passed around show that the characters understand the irony of the situation and have embraced their fate, at least for now. They know they are safer as a group rather than as individuals.

Mahmud Asrar’s art shows us just how different this group can be by giving each their own distinct look. The action scenes are fun to view as well. A small complaint would be his backgrounds but like I stated it’s a tiny one.

After suffering through several issues of Weapon X Pak and Co. finally have gotten it right. Weapon X comes off like a legitimate menace and the team is primed and ready to fight. I am definitely interested in what happens next.

Rating: 8.0 out of 10

Secret Weapons #1

Review by Jonathan Durden

Valiant Comics has put out some really amazing things over the years, even since I’ve started reading comics only just two years ago. Secret Weapons looks like it has potential to be added to that list.

First of all, I want to say that I have never had any experience with any of the creative team that I can remember. This book and team are all new to me, which makes it even better when I find how great of a first issue this is. The art by Raul Allen and Patricia Martin, particularly the colors, really stood out to me. Not only that, but the panel structure and pacing was near perfection. Everything about this comic pretty much screamed “cinematic” to me. I could read it like a movie.

The story itself is compelling and thought-provoking. What if we found kids who have potential for superpowers and we knew a way to trigger them? What if those powers turned out to be not so super? Like being able to talk to birds, or make inanimate objects glow? What do we do with these kids that we can’t use in a military capacity?

Then comes the leak, where these kids’ identities are revealed to the world and now there is a headhunter after them, seeking to gain more power from destroying them. We do not know who is controlling him or for what purpose and to what end. That’s what keeps the readers coming back for more. I know I certainly will be.

I anticipate the next issue, and I would recommend this book to people who like sci-fi movies and/or comics, or have never read a Valiant comic before. This seems to be a decently constructed jumping-on point.

Rating: 9.0 out of 10

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