Words by Greg Pak (hey, that’s me!), line art by Ario Anindito, colors by Morry Hollowell, letters by Joe Caramanga, and cover by Greg Land. And here’s the official solicit:
At last! It’s Weapon H versus his predecessors—Wolverine and the Hulk! Once, the Weapon X program sought to recreate the world’s two greatest hunters. They ended up with Weapon H, a man of Adamantium claws and gamma-juiced blood. Now, Wolverine and the Hulk are back in action — and coming after the dangerous creation made in their name!
I’m also doing a signing of HULKVERINES #1 at Midtown Comics Downtown in NYC on February 22 — see you there!
Excited about this book — it’s got ludicrously bombastic superhero action, like all the WEAPON H stories, combined with a big emotional centering on our hero Clayton Cortez and his wife Sonia Sung. And it features the Leader, one of my favorite Marvel villains of all time, all gorgeously drawn by Ario, colored by Morry, and lettered by Joe!
WEAPON H #12 hits comic book shops on Wednesday, January 30, with words by me, art by Guiu Vilanova, colors by Morry Hollowell, and letters by Joe Caramagna. It’s the big, huge ending to the series, with a final showdown with Dario Agger and some big moments for everyone in the cast!
(And then the fun picks up again the next month with HULKVERINES #1!)
Incredibly excited to reveal that KORG returns in WEAPON H #8, in stores this coming Wednesday, October 3!
Korg is the stone man from Krona who played a huge role in the PLANET HULK epic written by yours truly and drawn by Carlo Pagulayan, Aaron Lopresti, and others. He became a fan-favorite character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe when director Taika Waititi used (and played) him in THOR: RAGNAROK.
And now he’s back in the comics in WEAPON H #8, written by yours truly and drawn by Guiu Vilanova with colors by Morry Hollowell and letters by Joe Caramagna!
Very proud of WEAPON H #7, which hits comic shops this coming Wednesday. Captain America co-stars, and that gave us a huge opportunity to dig deep into Weapon H’s heart and soul — and personal tragedy — as he meets one of his greatest inspirations.
Check out some interior pages below, with gorgeous art from Ario Anindito, colors by Morry Hollowell, and letters by Joe Caramagna!
Thrilled that WEAPON H #1 and INCREDIBLE HULK #714 hit comic book shops today! Ask your local shop to hold you copies!
WEAPON H #1 tells the story of Clay, an ex-soldier who’s been turned into a terrifying Hulk/Wolverine hybrid. Clay just wants to be left alone, but he can’t seem to stand by when innocents are threatened — no matter what the consequences. Line art by Cory Smith, colors by Morry Hollowell, and letters by Joe Caramagna. I absolutely love working on this book — it’s big, bombastic Marvel mayhem with a huge amount of emotional story and heart — my favorite kind of thing to write. Dontcha dare miss it!
INCREDIBLE HULK #714 is the start of my last story on the book — in which Amadeus Cho returns to Earth after a trip to Planet Sakaar — and finally loses his fight with the Dark Hulk within! Big, big consequences coming! Line art by Carlo Barbieri, inks by Walden Wong, colors by Frank D’Armata, letters by Cory Petit.
Excited about WEAPON H! Cory Smith and I are having a heck of a lot of fun and the interview gives a sense of the deeper emotional story we’re exploring with this ludicrous, over the top premise.
Here’s an excerpt from the new interview at Marvel.com:
Marvel.com: Is it difficult to write/draw the juxtaposition between military discipline and unbridled power in one character?
Greg Pak: I’m having a great time with it. I’ve written Hulk stories for years—a little over a decade, in fact! I’ve written a scientist as a Hulk (Banner), a barbarian as a Hulk (Skaar), and a cocky kid as a Hulk (Amadeus). But now I’m writing a grunt, a trained, disciplined soldier as a Hulk. And that’s a great new dynamic that opens up a whole set of new stories and themes to play with.
Cory Smith: I really like what Greg and co. have set up with Clay’s military background and how that would affect/influence a guy with this much power. He’s this unstoppable force of nature with the discipline to command or restrain that part of himself as he needs it. It’s kind of unprecedented, really. (And a whole lot of fun to draw when he cuts loose.)
CBR has just posted an interview with yours truly about the new WEAPON H book I’m writing and Cory Smith is drawing, along with some of Cory’s gorgeous art! Check out the excerpt below:
CBR: As a reader, it’s been interesting watching the development of Weapon H as he moves from mysterious character to antagonist to hero of his own story. What can you tell us about the evolution of the character from a creative and editorial standpoint? When you were first working on the character, did you ever think you’d be writing him in his own series?
Greg Pak: As a Wolverine/Hulk hybrid, Weapon H looks like a marketer’s dream, right? But the character developed organically through the story. Back when we were developing the “Weapons of Mutant Destruction” storyline, we established that the Weapon X scientists were collecting DNA from various mutants to turn people into killing machines. I said, “Well, we’ve got the Hulk in the book now. Seems like they’d want to collect Hulk DNA, too.” Suddenly, we had a Wolverine-Hulk hybrid on our hands.
We eventually revealed this Wolverine-Hulk hybrid as the ultimate weapon that Weapon X had been developing. And in the subsequent story that Fred Van Lente and I cowrote in Weapon X, we revealed that the man who was turned into this Wolverine-Hulk hybrid was Clay, a former soldier turned Eaglestar military contractor who’d been drugged and shipped out to Weapon X when he started challenging Eaglestar’s brutal operating procedure.
I loved all of this because it was a chance to explore familiar tropes of Wolverine and Hulk through a different kind of character. The big danger of both Wolverine and the Hulk is, traditionally, that they can lose control, go berserk. But Clay was chosen for this procedure because he has intense military discipline. The idea is that he’s the perfect weapon because he can control this tremendous power. But now Clay’s free from Weapon X — so the question is what a person with this tremendous discipline is going to do with this terrifying power?
Very happy to report that Marvel’s launching WEAPON H, a new series written by yours truly with art by Cory Smith! The gorgeous cover above is by Leinil Yu.
WEAPON H stars the mysterious soldier who was amped up with Hulk and Wolverine DNA in the WEAPONS OF MUTANT DESTRUCTION story earlier this year. The series is gonna be a blast — huge, bombastic action with searching emotional subtext worthy of a Hulk/Wolverine hybrid. Also, MONSTERS, starting with a terrifying new Wendigo in issue #1!
The series starts in March. Cory’s already started drawing, and the pages are incredible. Call your local shops and add it to your pull lists, friends!