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Wolverine: Weapon X Paperback – March 18, 2009

4.5 out of 5 stars 72 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in the Weapon X Series

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (March 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785137262
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785137269
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #328,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on October 13, 2003
Format: Paperback
First of all, I want to disagree with the reviewer who stated this was not the Wolverine story. He is mixing this book up with a new series of the same title, which by the way, is also excellent. Second, this is a slow-paced story. However, the slow pace intensifies the utter horror of what was done to this character, and the inhuman indifference of the scientists who are experimenting on and torturing a living, feeling,being. This is a book which needs a second and third reading; after each pass, I found additional elements that I hadn't noticed the first time through. This isn't for kids or fans of slam-bam action by one dimensional heroes in colorful spandex. However, if you want a dark, intense read, this book is for you.
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Every comic fan needs to have this one. The art is simply breathtaking. But who'd expect anything less from a master like Barry? The storyline is tough and violent. Windsor-Smith digs up Wolvie's past, how he came to be, with all the suffering and pain. After reading this you'll better understand his anger. Anger at the authorities who shaped him and mistrust towards anyone carrying a doctor badge. Buy it!
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Wolverine: Weapon X tells the story of how the unbreakable metal adamantium was grafted to Wolverine's skeleton while he was a part of the Weapon X programme and the events that ensued afterwards. This TPB collects issues #72 - 84 of Marvel Comics Presents.

A key theme throughout the comic is that of humanity and what defining qualities make someone human. Throughout the opening pages Wolverine is depicted as a very human character who articulates his feelings through speech and thought. After he is captured however he is depicted as a very beast-like figure, a "man with his subconscious stripped bare" as the Professor perfectly puts it. Caption boxes and speech bubbles are no longer populated by his thoughts and words, but instead that of the supporting characters, making the scientists appear more human than him. Now the only method Wolverine can articulate his feelings with is violence, his main feelings being that of intense rage and pain. Whether this form of expression makes Wolverine less of a human being than those subjecting him to tests is a key strength of this comic and forces you to consider when violence towards others can be justified, if at all.

The theme of fate being foretold as part of a prophecy is also conveyed within the artwork of the opening pages. Before Wolverine is captured and becomes a test subject he experiences nightmares of the Weapon X experiments which manifest themselves as images which gradually appear within the panels, slowly engulfing more of the page symbolising that his fate is getting closer. Similarly the repetition of the phrase; "storm's comin'" signify the coming of an intense torrent of pain to be inflicted on Wolverine, or perhaps his victims.
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Format: Hardcover
Graphic, surreal, disturbing, highly entertaining. These words only begin to describe what an amazing work of art this story is. It's not just another comic story. It's a thinking man's comic book story. Before reading this you must first forget everything you know about reading comics. The narrative and art is just as disjointed and surreal as it is in depth and detailed. It leaves the reader with as many questions as it answers. There are no splash pages, no trendy one liners, there is nothing wasted and nothing can be glanced over. Any attempt to read this masterpiece by Berry Windsor Smith like a normal comic book will leave you confused. It incorporates elements of science fiction, body horror, cyber-punk, and reads like an acid trip at times. It's importance to the character of Wolverine is unmistakable. Writers have spent the past decade elaborating on this story, possibly the most important Wolverine story ever written. Writers like Larry Hamma, Grant Morrison, and others have used THIS story to further the character of Wolverine. Some of those stories were good, some not so good, but NONE have been on par with this visual masterpiece. This is MUST READ for any Wolverine fan.
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By A Customer on March 9, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is the graphic novel that tells what happened to Logan when he received his adimantium. Mind games... physical changes... training... everything. The artwork is first rate and the writing is even better than the art work. It is one of the few trade paperbacks that are on the same level as DC's Kingdom Come and Dark Knight Returns
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This masterpiece, written in 1991, presented the first major attempt to highlight Wolverine's mysterious past. Barry Windsor-Smith is both the writer and artist of Weapon X, and his talents in both areas provide a synthesis rarely found in other comic books. This is not a typical comic book, so don't expect the super-hero stories you may be accustomed to. There are no colorful costumes, famous catchphrases, supermodel-like heroines, or one-on-one duels with full page artwork. What it does contain is a dark, intense, and starkly realistic story of how the man Logan was transformed, brutally and involuntarily, into the superhero Wolverine. The setting is the Weapon X science facility in the backwoods of Canada, and the action picks up quickly after the adamantium bonding process. The story answers the two major questions regarding Wolverine, how he got the adamantium and his amnesia.
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