Laura has just learned that she’s not an only child. That can come as a bit of a shock. Imagine her surprise when she learns that her kid sister is another super-powered mutant named Speed Weasel, who zooms around Mount Wundagore. Their father, Herbert is preparing a ritual for Mephicthton which requires sacrificing one of those children, but neither Laura (aka Weapon Hex) or Speed Weasel are going to go down without a fight.
Whereas the first issue of Infinity Wars: Weapon Hex was largely spent with her mother, Sarah, this one is all about Laura. She really comes into her own here as she’s given something to fight for in the form of Speed Weasel. There’s an instant bond between them that’s challenged by Herbert and Hellhound who want to sacrifice them to Mephicthton.
This drives Laura to not only stand up for herself, but for her kid sister. She pushes herself farther than she’s ever done before, calling upon all kinds of supernatural powers to fight back this evil force. There are several character-defining moments in this issue.
Laura’s anger can be felt in her words. She doesn’t say much in the opening pages, but letterer Joe Caramagna makes those brief lines hold weight. The font is big and bold, conveying the rage that’s powering her onward.
Artist Gerardo Sandoval fills every page with such energy and intensity. You can fill Laura’s rage as she barrels down the halls of the castle. This anger extends to the borders around each image as well, creating a rough, scratchy texture that works very well in this setting. My only issue is that occasionally Laura is drawn way too skinny with impossible dimensions. This happens inconsistently throughout the book.
Where Infinity Wars: Weapon Hex really pops is with Israel Silva’s colors. The energy thrown off by Laura’s attacks and Speed Weasel’s…well…speed, is like a bolt of electricity hitting the page. It reminds me a bit of the lightning that would follow the Flash and not just because we’re dealing with a speedster here. It glows with a fiery light.
Some of the Infinity Wars tie-ins gave us little more than a retreaded origin story. That is not the case with Weapon Hex. We get something new and interesting that could stand on its own. X-23 and Scarlet Witch are two characters I’d never thing to mix together, but it works very well here. Writers Ben Acker and Ben Blacker deliver a fun take on this with a lot of possibility.