Wolverine: Weapon X Review
During a long stretch of time when Marvel was reluctant to tell the definitive origin story of its most famous mutant, readers only had two comics as reference: the self-titled Wolverine and Weapon X. The latter of those is tells the tale of how Logan was abducted by a shady government organization and groomed to become the ultimate killing machine.
Unlike most comics, which are driven primarily by a writer and artist duo, Barry Windsor-Smith handles both by himself. I have seen this attempted before with poor results, but Windsor-Smith does a remarkable job of both. His art is dark and detailed with a clearly-defined colour palette that further adds to the tone of the story. As a writer, he’s penned a great tale about a tortured soul who is bent against his will until he ultimately snaps. He also does this without relying on any of his established tropes, such as his costume or catch phrases. Instead, most of the talking is smartly carried by the scientists, who provide perspective in a way that makes sense. In the process of avoiding his signature stuff, Windsor-Smith ends up creating a look that would become almost as iconic as his classic costumes.
Most impressive is how he brings both elements together to create a cohesive work of art. By having a keen sense of each, he’s able to play around with the look and writing of each panel to create the optimal experience for the story he’s telling. Even though this book is over 20 years old at this point, I think it still holds up as an entertaining read.
Wolverine: Weapon X isn’t the only Logan origin story out there, but it certainly is one of the best. It details some of the most crucial elements of his existence in a dark tale that is sure to get a rise out of you. Having read a lot of modern Wolverine stories recently that fell flat, this blast from the past certainly filled a void in my reading list.