Two weeks ago Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso dropped a mysterious teaser on Twitter that featured a Hulk like figure with claws. Nothing else came of the image once he posted it.
Now at last we have some answers.
As reported by ComicBook.com, the image was a tease for a brand new crossover story between Greg Pak’s The Totally Awesome Hulk and his new series Weapon X, which launches in May, called Weapons of Mutant Destruction. Kicking off in June with a prelude in The Totally Awesome Hulk #19, the event will fully kick off with a Weapons of Mutant Destuction Alpha one-shot before continuing on alternating between the two ongoing series.
“Well, we’ve got our heroes and villains who are hunting down the new Weapon X and end up teaming up with Amadeus Cho, the Totally Awesome Hulk. That in itself is fun because you’ve got very different dynamics here where the Hulk is this young cocky dude who thinks he knows everything and the Weapon X team is this hardened group of mercenaries and killers and criminals basically,” Pak told ComicBook.com. “There are some fun contrasts there but they’ve teamed up because they found out that Weapon X is hunting the Hulk. The Weapon X Program has a very specific mission in mind and it involves the Hulk, and so now our heroes and the Hulk are teaming up to try to thwart it. Over the course of this story, things are going to get bigger and bigger and bigger and there are a few mysteries that will unspool, and much slashing and smashing.”
Pak added that there will be particular tensions rising in the event because of the fact that Cho is not a killer and never plans to kill anyone while the more seasoned members of Old Man Logan’s team featured in Weapon X are very willing to cross that line and most of them have numerous times in the past. The Weapon X program has a long history of wanting to control or hurt mutants, and this new version is on the warpath to wipe out mutants for good and a mysterious but familiar face is set to be leading the charge.
“We are eventually going to learn that a surprising character is in charge of the program, a classic X-Men villain who will be revealed in the fullness of time,” Pak said. “What makes it even more interesting is that there is another villain who is involved in all of this with parallel but slightly different motivations. Even as the heroes are figuring out how to work together and what to do there is a very interesting villain story going on during the course of this crossover and I love that.”
The Totally Awesome Hulk artist Mahmud Asrar will handle the art for the alpha one-shot issues as well as the Hulk issues while Weapon X artist Greg Land will handle the issues of that series in the crossover.
The issues involved are listed below:
- TOTALLY AWESOME HULK 19- PRELUDE
- WEAPONS OF MUTANT DESTRUCTION 1 ONESHOT- PART ONE
- TOTALLY AWESOME HULK 20- PART TWO
- WEAPON X 5- PART THREE
- TOTALLY AWESOME HULK 21- PART FOUR
- WEAPON X 6- PART FIVE
- TOTALLY AWESOME HULK 22- PART SIX
Weapons of Mutant Destruction kicks off in June.