The Dark Fallout Of Project Rebirth In Wolverine And Captain America: Weapon Plus #1

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Captain America is taking a walk through Brooklyn when Wolverine crash-lands nearby in Fantomex’s E.V.A aircraft. Fantomex has left a message specifically for Wolverine and Captain America. Fantomex had been investigating the Weapon Plus program which created Captain America, Wolverine, Fantomex, Deadpool, and many others. Fantomex wants Steve Rogers and Logan to continue his investigation, and this leads the two heroes through a pair of facilities that show the dark fallout of the success of the Project Rebirth that created Captain America.

Wolverine and Captain America: Weapon Plus #1 cover by Skan
Wolverine and Captain America: Weapon Plus #1 cover by Skan

Wolverine and Captain America: Weapon Plus #1 begins a miniseries that revisits the Weapon Plus program that is behind many of Marvel’s heroes from Captain America and Wolverine to Deadpool and Agent Venom. 

It’s a conspiracy narrative that, among other things, forces Steve Rogers to face the horrid things that his government did after the creation of Captain America and the bloodthirsty fanatics responsible.

It also means we get a new team-up with Captain America and Wolverine, which is pretty damn cool. Logan does seem weirdly restrained in this issue; he is calm and shows a strong respect for Steve Rogers–though Cap does tend to bring that out of people.

Fantomex does have a surprisingly strong presence in this issue, which isn’t a negative. I quite like Fantomex, and it’s nice to see him back in Marvel comics, if only a little.

Wolverine and Captain America: Weapon Plus #1 art by Diogenes Neves, Adriano Di Benedetto, Federico Blee, and letterer VC's Joe Sabino
Wolverine and Captain America: Weapon Plus #1 art by Diogenes Neves, Adriano Di Benedetto, Federico Blee, and letterer VC’s Joe Sabino

Diogenes Neves is the artist on this venture, and he does a solid job of rendering this story of dark discovery. The opening action sequence looks quite good and feels very kinetic. He does give Logan and Steve some strange expressions throughout the comic, and Steve has a weirdly pronounced forehead at times. The flow is lost somewhat in the final fight scene as well. That said, the comic looks good more often than it doesn’t, and inker Adriano Di Benedetto and colorist Federico Blee do good work on their ends as well.

Wolverine and Captain America: Weapon Plus #1 is an intriguing first step into this Marvel Universe conspiracy tale. Weapon Plus has a long history within the Marvel continuity, and I’m left intrigued to see what Ethan Sacks adds to that mythos. This one gets a recommendation. Feel free to Pick it up.

Wolverine and Captain America: Weapon Plus #1 comes to us from writer Ethan Sacks, artist Diogenes Neves, inker Adriano Di Benedetto, color artist Federico Blee, letterer VC’s Joe Sabino, cover artist Skan, and variant cover artist Chris Bachalo.

Final Score: 7/10

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