Daily Archives: March 8, 2019

Hulkverines #1 (2019)

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Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Pencils / Ink Ario Anindito
Cover Price:

Secondary Market:

$4.99

$3.59 – $49.99

Variants:
  • (Keown) Skrull Variant
  • Cory Smith 1:25 Variant

 

Publisher: Marvel Comics

With this tag line it seems like Marvel is kind of begging us to like this comic:

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I’m not looking to tear anyone down.  That being said, Weapon H isn’t the worst idea Marvel has had in the last few years.  Silly?  Sure. A total waste of time?  Surprisingly – no!  The series has been pretty entertaining but we all knew it was just a matter of time before they had this new hybrid character face off against the originals!  Picking up from the last issue of the Weapon H where Agger is eager to have Wolverine and Hulk meet up with Clay for a little chit-chat.

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This issue picks up at Shadow Base where they have had the Leader incarcerated or some time.  That is until an agent comes calling for help from Sterns in locating the Hulk.  With the Hulk’s most recent re-emergence they realize that nothing they’ve used before is working as this Hulk is nothing like they’ve dealt with before.  Using just the report the agent gave to Sterns he dispatches both people and escapes the holding cell.

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Clay and his family are peacefully existing without incident until they’ve returned home one day with Clay sneezing.  The problem with that?  Weapon H doesn’t sneeze – or get sick – at all.  The whole family knows something is up and the wife and kids get ready to leave.  Clay books it into the woods where he meets up with an exhausted Bruce Banner.

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Thinking he is there to hurt him and his family Clay goes to attack the weary doctor.  Only, the sun is going down and the Hulk is due to come out.  The two behemoths begin pounding each other with Hulk ready to take his stolen gamma power back.

The Leader stands some distance away watching the fight unfold – taking delight in his plan working out.  In fact, he isn’t even concerned when Shadow Base catches up with him.  They go to inform the Leader that the Hulk can drain gamma out of people and Sterns happily replies that he is aware.  Just then the Hulk uses said power but ends up absorbing the virus that Sterns infected Clay with.

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Weapon H is able to get the better of our hero now that the Hulk is weakened.  With the Hulk laid out Clay is ready to leave but the Leader isn’t satisfied with that – he reveals his presence and instructs Weapon H to kill the Hulk.  Clay just wants to know who the hell the Leader is.  The Leader gets testy until Clay pops the claws and Sterns realizes he’s pushed too hard.  Too late – the Leader flees with Clay in pursuit.  Just as Clay is ready to land the killing blow Logan shows up to get some answers on who Weapon H is.

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As fine as this initial issue is I must say I think Pak’s use of the Leader is way off base.  What a flimsy plan – Sterns didn’t see the possibility that Clay would be upset with him threatening his family?  There was no plan put in place in case Weapon H turned on Sterns?  Which is exactly what happened!  I mean, maybe the Leader hasn’t been the same since his bout of crimson and re-invention of self – but this whole issue comes off a bit flat.  Hoping the series picks up in the next issue.

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Villains:
    • The Leader
Grade: Bag and Board It

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