By Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente, Luca Pizzari and Frank D’Armata
Weapon X has been one of the more underrated titles in the Marvel collection for quite a while now. The team has gone through some changes lately and become almost a straight up anti-hero group. Led by an inverted Sabertooth, the team has recently attempted to stop William Stryker and his hate for mutants. They need more than the team that they have, and an unlikely ally is their last chance of finally getting rid of Stryker for good.
Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente have done a very good job of making this a fun and interesting team. Seeing our favorite villains trying to do the right thing, especially Omega Red is always a wild ride. This issue has the Weapon X team as well as a bunch of characters who pal around with Sauron attacking Stryker. This seems like overkill and an easy victory for the team, but Pak and Van Lente have a creative way of balancing the scales to make it essentially just the Weapon X team again. The issue gets really interesting after the battle though. Azazel returns and is asked to help the team take down Stryker. Kudos to Pak and Van Lente for bringing back Azazel. He’s always been a cool character that got a bad rap. Pak and Van Lente remind us how dangerous he can be, as he easily takes out the entire team in a matter of minutes. Pak and Van Lente also play around with his relationship with Mystique. It’s nice that the writers use some continuity in this issue. The cliff hanger of the issue is cool and will no doubt start discussions on social media. We’ll just have to patiently wait for the next issue to come out to see how this story arc wraps up.
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The pencils this issue are handled by Luca Pizzari with colors by Frank D’Armata. The pencils by Pizzari are fine, but there are a few pages where they seem rushed. An example of this would be as the rest of the crew leaves Weapon X to save their own lives. It’s not a bad panel by any means, it just seems less detailed. Pizzari shines in close up pages or panels. When we get a full page of Azazel, he looks nearly perfect. The colors by Frank D’Armata are key to this issue. His shading is exceptional, and the pages leading up to the discovery of Azazel are done perfectly. Seeing the glow of a cell phone on his lower face as he dines is the exact color a cell phone would give off. The art for this issue was done well and the colors really shine.
Weapon X has come a long way in it’s 25 issues. Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente continue to make this an interesting series worth a read. The art works well here too. Weapon X may not be one of the most talked about books in the Marvel rolodex, but it is consistently one of the most fun.