Wolverine: Weapon X #3 Review: 38 Types of Cancer

Hey, everyone… Here is my fifth review. Went ahead and tackled ‘Wolverine Weapon X’ next. Hope you enjoy it.

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Writer: Jason Aaron
Penciler: Ron Garney
Inker: Jason Keith


RECAP: The issue opens with the Blackguard operatives hunting the jungle for Wolverine and not doing very well. The mutant is slowly evening the odds with guerrilla tactics and traps. The men heal, though he does manage to capture one. Another he ambushes and shoots with his own cancer gun, forcing the rest of the men to take the sick man back to base.

The leader of the unit, Klein, contacts his headquarters and assures the CEO that the prisoner will never talk. There is a quick cut to Wolverine torturing his captive but without obvious success.

We then see the reporter, Melita Garner, meeting with her contact who ends up being a Vice President for Blackguard. He tells her that Blackguard has been recruiting dishonorably discharged soldiers. The V.P. gives Melita the files and leaves but is snatched by his company before he gets too far. But his abductors are all shot by Maverick with a sniper rifle.

Back with Wolverine, he has apparently broken his prisoner and pulls him out of the hole he is held in. The mercenary was faking it and attacks Wolverine and flees. But Logan was expecting this and had put a tracker behind the man’s eye.

We see the CEO in the Senate doing hearings for a big deal to provide his people to spots all over the world. It is a mere formality though since he has bought the votes.

Back with the reporter, she returns home to find a Blackguard man waiting for her. Maverick shows up again and kills the man. He tells Melita he is there to help.

Wolverine returns to the camp to find it deserted and his tracker and the eye left in a tree for him to find. The Senate hearing ends with applause for the Blackguard CEO.

MY TAKE: This was a good issue but it is still just more setup. I was glad to see Wolverine’s skills being shown. It is rare we see him actually being stealthy and using real tactics. We know that he is a gifted strategist and an expert in the art of war but he is normally pictured as merely a savage brute fighter.

The plot is still very simplistic, an evil corporation is building Wolverine clones to get a huge defense contract from the Senate. Wolverine does not have a very big role in this issue, most of it is told from the perspective of others. Still Aaron proves again that he truly understand and appreciates Wolverine’s character even in the few scenes that he is in.

I am still not completely sold on the villains for this story arc. The Weapon X program has been mined for ideas far too often and the bad guys are too obviously clones of the real world Blackwater security forces. I much prefer my enemies to be more original then that. Although, it is nice to see Logan beating up the bad imitations, I would have liked something different to start the new series.

But it was nice to see that the villains were not incompetent either. As much as Wolverine had a plan he followed, he is still playing catch up. I had been afraid that things were going to be far too easy for him in the story. Even with the basic plot it seems like he might have a worthy trial ahead.

My favorite part of the issue was the return of Maverick. I always thought he was a unique and underused character and his involvement bodes well for the overall direction. Melita Garner is beginning to grow on me as well. I was worried that she was going to be merely a shrieking violet but she showed that she was capable of handling herself in this story. I am still not sure about her as a love interest but at least she can be an engaging character.

In the end, although this story might not be the most original, it is still pretty entertaining. I really enjoy the care that is given to Wolverine’s character and the return of his supporting cast. While this story might not be the best idea to me, it is still being written well and gives me a lot of hope for the future of the series.

Thanks for reading my review for Wolverine Files. I will be keeping to this format for the most part but please keep the comments coming and I will see everyone again next time.

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14 years ago

Thanks for the review but I have a suggestion; since there’s more than one who does the reviews here it would be nice to identify yourself at the beggining or at the end of each review.

14 years ago

I have always loved wolverine; but, he is shown a little weaker than the past. Now everyone with money can have a wolverine. there is a girl and a son now. How far are we going to go with this. I stopped reading the X-men because they are so weak now. There are to many internal problems with the groups and the whole X-men family is not loyal to one another. This is the on going unsuccessful ploy by new writers to put their stomp on a legendary book and character. uncool

14 years ago

Well in the past his physical powers have been a lot weaker then we currently see them to the point where a slit throat could potentially kill him if he lost enough blood. I am glad he is not being portrayed as an all powerful unkillable machine in this series. That said I do agree with all of the internal problems being bad for the team. For a long time the X-Men were a family and now they are more like a military unit. I really preferred it when there focus was on helping people and making the world safe… Read more »

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