Weapon X #12 Review: Nuke Is Red-Pilling Santa Marco

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Weapon X is hiding out in Mexico after their most recent misadventures. Just when the team is ready to give in and rob a bank to pass the time, Warpath gets a call from Acero in Santa Marco that mutants are being hunted down by mad soldiers with the American flag on their face.

Logan immediately guesses at the Nuke connection, and, after some convincing, the team agrees to help the hunted mutants of Santa Marco escape the clutches of the Nuke soldiers.

Weapon X #12 cover by Rahzzah
Weapon X #12 cover by Rahzzah

While Nuke is a great villain, simply giving others his powers and aesthetic doesn't inherently replicate the character. That being said, the madness and animalistic nature of the Nuke battalion does make them successfully unnerving, and I look forward to seeing where this tale goes.

Weapon X has developed some good chemistry as a team. Domino's flirting with Warpath is cute and entertaining. Lady Deathstrike and Sabretooth wanting nothing to do with the rest of them while still opting to stick around is funny in its own right. Warpath's fighting spirit and strong moral compass actually makes him something of a leader in this issue. That's surprising simply because one gets used to Logan/Wolverine taking over almost every book he's in. However, being Old Man Logan seems to have taken that out of the character.

Warpath is very likable here. He's the one who convinces the team to fight. He's the one who puts himself most on the line for the Santa Marco mutants. Plus, he's generally a badass.

The art by Yildiray Cinar is quite good. It's detailed, the figures look impressive, and it generally functions in giving the world the right aesthetic it needs. The costumes of Warpath and Domino look especially good. Lady Deathstrike's new duds look pretty cool too. The coloring is quite good too, and there is a good balance of the palette throughout.

I was pretty hard on Weapon X the last time I reviewed it, but this issue shows that there is still quite a bit of life in the series. While this issue isn't particularly deep or thought-provoking, it is a good bit of fun with a cool team of heroes who get along in an entertaining way. I can recommend that, and you should feel free to check it out.

Also, the focus on Nuke's red pill turning people into hateful, crazed, and nationalistic monsters is both noticed and appreciated.

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About Joshua Davison

Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.