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Wolverine: Weapon X [Paperback]

Barry Windsor-Smith
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March 18 2009 Wolverine (Marvel) (Quality Paper)
Wolverine's a lot of things to a lot of people, but to one infamous enclave he was nothing but a weapon. And weapons kill people. They found that out well enough. Find out for yourself in this prequel to recent revelations of the murderous mysteries that have mesmerized our favorite mutant! Collects Marvel Comics Presents #72-84.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Horrific Dec 18 2001
Perhaps none of the other X-Men is as interesting as Wolverine. Though each of the X-members may have alluring backgrounds, Wolverine has the most human one. In this TPB, Barry Windsor Smith takes us on a roller coaster into the mind of the most misunderstood X-Man. Part of whose general appeal is the mystery that enshrouds him.
A comic is is dubbed successful if it makes an impact not just in the comic circle, but to the general public. Weapon X does just that. The reader is transported to the time and place in which Wolverine's skeleton is being laced with the most indesctrible metal, adamantium. The horror that goes to make this happen is beyond comprehension. Wolverine is chose because of his incredible healing factor and the fact that he will very much survive this excruciating assault and punishment. The heartless feel of the scientists responsible for this horror of manipulation culminates when after the procedure they start distributing drinks and actually cheer for their success. That scene alone is the most disturbing of all in the TPB. So disturbing, in fact, that it was chosen to depict some of Wolverine's origin in the X-Men smash-movie.
Any story capable of producing such an influx of emotion and loathing is worth a try. This is the story that shapes the making of a man that forever is haunted by memories of abuse and manipulation. I cannot think of anyone but Barry Windsor Smith to best tell this horrific tale.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A horrifying adult read Oct. 13 2003
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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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As I've said before in my other Wolverine graphic novel reviews, I am a true, hardcore fan of Wolverine. So is my sister, and when she bought this graphic novel and I read it, I was utterly blown away! This tells the origin of Wolverine and how he was turned into Weapon-X, the ultimate killing machine for the Canadian government. There is plenty of action in this graphic novel when Wolverine breaks out and takes out his feral and berserker rage on his experimentators. There's only one thing that puzzled me in this story, and that was the ending. Nevertheless, this was a great read with awesome action, suspense, and great comic art as well. It is essential to any Wolverine fan to read this!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars violent violent violent June 12 2003
Okay, so everyone who wrote a review of this book was actually speaking of the old wolverine book. this one's a bit different. first if you are a Wolverine fan this is not for you. If you are into some of the older underdog xmen characters like Marrow, Sauron, and Sabertooth than you may like this.
Basically it's about the Weapon X program re starting with new draftees. I won't let out any major plot points but just know that if you have kids, don't let them read this. It is not you average X book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The making of Wolverine! Feb. 8 2002
The Weapon X TPB shows the story of one of Marvel Comics most popular characters, Wolverine. The plot details one of the most integral points in the characters life; when he was used as a human weapon by the orginization Weapon X and how he recieved the adamantium metal bonded to his skeleton. An excellent story and an interesting period of the characters life, its a great read for those not only interested in the character, but comic history as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a must have March 15 2004
The Weapon X story is a classic. It is one of the greatest Marvel stories told. And it is all collected here in one inexpensive volume. If you like the X-Men, if you like Wolverine, or if you just like comic books, you should have this.
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