X-MEN & TOTALLY AWESOME HULK In Marvel's Third Summer 2017 Event
By George Marston, Newsarama Contributor
Credit: Marvel Comics
This summer, Marvel's Totally Awesome Hulk and Weapon X will crossover in an event titled "Weapons of Mutant Destruction." The story, written by Greg Pak, the regular writer of both series, will begin in Totally Awesome Hulk #19 before continuing in a Mahmud Asrar drawn one-shot titled Weapons of Mutant Destruction Alpha, and subsequent issues of both series. The story was previously teased with piece of art nicknamed "Hulkverine" that showed a Hulk/Wolverine mash-up.
"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 explained to 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 also spoke about the tension between Amadeus Cho, the Hulk, and the mutants of Weapon X over their lethal methods - tension that reflects the classic rivalry between Wolverine and Bruce Banner's Hulk.
"Those two things together provide great story and character fodder," Pak explained. "The fact is that the Hulk, Amadeus Cho, is not a killer and he is not a hero who ever plans to kill anybody. That's not in his repertoire of finishing moves. He is an optimist who thinks that he can always find the right solution to any problem and doesn't believe in the lesser of two evils. He thinks he can always find a way to do the right thing and have the right outcome."
"The team led by Logan is considerably more jaded. Maybe they've seen more. Maybe they just have a different way, a different ethos and attitude towards the world. But that conflict between them as they team up is absolutely going to feed into the story. It's going to be a big part of that emotional journey for these characters going both ways."
As for the threat their taking on, it lies within the new Weapon X program which is dedicated to eliminating mutants.
"I should be very careful here for fear of spoilers. I can say that Weapon X has gone through a number of different incarnations over the years, and so it's a new incarnation of the group, of this nefarious organization, but its mission is to exterminate mutants...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."
"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."
Weapon X will be working on a project called "Batch H" that recalls the "Hulkverine" teaser - however Pak could not reveal what Batch H would actually be.
Here's the checklist of issues included in the crossover:
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 Alpha will be on shelves this June.