Here in the ComicsPriceGuide.com office we were debating the sustainability and power of the Weapon H character.
Will he go in the same direction as forgotten characters like US 1? In case you’re unaware of the blissfully stupid US 1 comic book, it was about a trucker who had an accident so they cut off the top of his head and gave him a steel cranium. His steel-plated head allowed him to pick up CB radios IF he put his tongue on one of his fillings. (I’m not making this crap up.) Thankfully truckers weren’t around microwaves much or he might have had a cousin Eddie problem.
“They had to replace my metal plate with a plastic one. Every time Catherine would rev up the microwave, I’d piss my pants and forget who I was” – Cousin Eddie from National Lampoon Christmas Vacation
Or is Weapon H going to be more like X-23? X-23 was a Wolverine clone who was created in 2004 and first shown in NYX #3. That comic book was a hot book for several years and now has a value of over $400 in NM. Plus she appeared in the Old Man Logan movie to highly favorable reviews. Is there a limit to the number of characters who have Adamantium claws that fans will accept?
Back to the questions surrounding Weapon H
Is he too powerful?
How much do you have to suspend belief to read his story?
Related questions –
How heavy is Adamantium?
Where does it all go when he shrinks to regular human size?
In Weapon X #9 Sabretooth makes the argument that Weapon H is too strong, so he should die. The same argument was made in our CPG office. A Wolverine character is powerful. Hulk is extremely powerful so mixing the two makes Hulkverine supremely strong. In Weapon X #8, Weapon H was easily able to defeat Warpath, Sabretooth, Logan, Domino and Lady Deathstrike at the same time. On the other side of this argument, Galactus and Thanos have been around the Marvel universe for a long time. They are both easily more powerful than Weapon H. So the answer has to be, no, he isn’t too powerful.
Do you have to suspend belief to read his introductory story in Weapon X and Totally Awesome Hulk? As with any origin story there are some holes and some parts that you enjoy. This story told by Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente have believable and unbelievable elments. They show the process of collecting samples from the mutants. They tell about the failed experiments. The villains, Dr. Alba and Stryker, have varied motivations for what they are doing. Imagining a Hulkverine is almost like a “What if?” story but the telling of the story had complexities that you wouldn’t expect from a “What if?” tale.
On the negative side, Dr. Alba seems to want everyone on the planet killed and we don’t really know why. Some of the dialogue isn’t believable because it tells you too much information. There are no subtleties in their communication with each other.
Where does the Adamantium go when he shrinks? Lady Deathstrike answered this question by saying that they stole her nano-technology to accomplish this task.
Overall, Weapon H is a powerful, interesting character that we want to see again. His story that includes a deviant Doctor, basically Tilda Swinton, (see comparison below) who tries to mind control him is intriguing. His ability to fight against her direct mental commands to kill, make you believe that Clay is more than just a killing machine. In Marvel Previews for March, Weapon H gets his own book. It says,
“It’s been some time since Weapon H escaped and destroyed his creators. Now our hero is on the run, as he tries to escape his mysterious past and seclude himself…”
Notice the word, “hero”. Based on popularity, the dramatic rise in prices and his new title coming out in March, Weapon H is here to stay!
– Ron C.