This week's Wolverine and Captain America: Weapon Plus #1 from Ethan Sacks, Diogenes Neves, Adriano Di Benedetto, and Federico Blee brings the titular heroes together to investigate the conspiracy behind the experimental government program that created them both - and uncovers a shocking mystery that ties even more heroes to the the hidden history of Weapon Plus.
Spoilers ahead for Wolverine and Captain America: Weapon Plus #1 ahead.
Weapon Plus #1 kicks off Fantomex's ship E.V.A. crash landing next to an unsuspecting Captain America, with Wolverine spilling out. As the confused Cap tries to piece together this sudden meeting, a horde of nameless, masked soldiers attack. Cap and Wolverine fight together - but the tide turns when one of the soldiers is unmasked, revealing what appears to be an unstable clone of Steve Rogers.
The heroes dispatch the last of the clones as a holographic projection of Fantomex explains that these are products of the Weapon Plus program, which never truly ended - it merely went underground as a conspiracy which used the image of Captain America to recruit volunteer test subjects and scientists. The program is now run by a former volunteer named Billy Junger.
Cap and Wolverine get in E.V.A. and hunt down a succession of Weapon Plus sites that have been scrubbed, with one full of equipment including replicas of some Weapon X equipment, some crates from OsCorp, Stane International, Roxxon, and S.I.C.K.L.E. - and a blackboard bearing a list of apparent Weapon Plus subjects that ties several well known Marvel characters into the program.
Here's how it breaks down:
Weapon II is Brute Force, a group of genetically engineered animal soldiers. Weapon IV is 'Sulfur' - the project spearheaded by Ted Sallis, whose research led him to become the Man-Thing. Weapon V is Venom as in, well, Venom. Weapon VI is Luke Cage, who got his powers from an experiment in prison listed here as project 'Power'. Weapon VII is the villainous Nuke, a connection that was previously known. And finally, Weapon IX is none other than Typhoid Mary, codenamed project 'Psyche'.
These numbers square with known subjects of the Weapon Plus program, though most of the specific subjects tied to those numbers were not previously revealed.
In the wake of that discovery, the pair discover the members of Brute Force floating in containment tanks and wind up fighting with a remote-controlled 'Bear'. From there, they track down one more lab - this one splattered with the blood of its previous occupants, all of whom have apparently been slain by an insane volunteer dressed as Captain America.
While fighting the imposter Cap, they discover something called 'Weapon XXX' - though what that is isn't revealed. In fact, it's a secret so big Junger decides to sacrifice his test subject and destroy the lab to cover all evidence of what Weapon XXX is.
Though Weapon Plus #1 ends there, the final page announces a follow up titled Weapon Plus: Weapons Free #1, which appears to team up Brute Force, Man-Thing, Venom, Luke Cage, and Typhoid Mary for the next part of the mystery.
No release date for Weapons Free #1 has been announced.