By Greg Pak, Marc Borstel, Ibraim Roberson, and Frank D’Armata
Marvel has come out and said they were going to stop doing big events that disrupt nearly every title that anger readers and fans after Secret Empire ends. While this may be true, there are still a few small crossovers going on in the comic line. “Weapons of Mutant Destruction” is a crossover between Weapon X and Totally Awesome Hulk. As we pick up with the fifth part of the event, the stakes are high as the team attempts to save the life of Bobby Andrews and get rid of the killer cyborgs.
The great thing about this little crossover is that both books are already written by Greg Pak, so there is no worry of characters acting weird (cough*AvX*cough). One of the things that really works for this issue is the moral compass that is Cho’s Hulk. Teaming up with a crew that doesn’t have time or care enough to save lives is hard, especially when that’s not how you like to operate, but Pak allows Cho to keep his integrity throughout the issue. The scenes with Dominio and Warpath are sweet too. It’s nice to see their relationship on the page again, watching each other’s back and showing real concern for one another. The only thing in the issue, and the crossover in general, that is a little corny is the Batch-H idea. It just seems like Marvel is trying to mash up every character they have to make something new. Mixing Wolverine and Hulk is just a little cheesy, but it may turn out to be something interesting depending how Pak decides to write it. Marvel has enough overpowered bruisers and doesn’t need anymore generic concoctions, but Pak always has the ability to make things interesting since he’s an excellent writer.
The pencils this issue are handled by Ibraim Roberson with colors by Frank D’Armata. Ibraim Roberson and Marc Borstel bring a realistic approach to the art for this issue. Many of his panels look like actual people and not generic superhero house style. Domino looks great this issue, it’s almost as if Roberson and Borstel used a model to get her look down. The action sequences are well drawn and very clear to see. Hulk leaping into a group of mutant creatures punching and kicking looks great. There is a lot to love about the art this issue, but the look on Warpath’s face as he saves Domino’s life is by far the best drawn panel in the issue. The colors by Frank D’Armata are excellent. D’Armata uses an earthy palette here where nothing is too vibrant or out of place in the issue. Shading, like when the team is jumping down a shaft, colored well where the team members up front are colored lighter, while those in the back are very dark. The art in this issue is absolutely excellent. You’d be hard pressed to find a bad panel in the entire book.
“Weapons of Mutant Destruction” has been an entertaining crossover, despite the lame name. Greg Pak has done a good job with all of the characters in the cast and has made this a very fun read. Every aspect of the art is great. The colors, inks, and pencils really shine this issue and make it all the more enjoyable.