Marvel Comics Presents: Weapon X


Marvel Comics Presents: Weapon X is the chronicle of Wolverine’s days with the Weapon X project, from the bonding of adamantium to his bones to his escape from the project, were revealed in the “Weapon X” story arc, written and illustrated by Barry Windsor-Smith and published in installments in the anthology series Marvel Comics Presents in 1991. 

Weapon X is a fictional clandestine government genetic research facility project appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. They are conducted by the Canadian Government’s Department K, which turns willing and unwilling beings into living weapons. The project often captures mutants and experiments on them to enhance their superpowers, turning them into weapons. They also mutate baseline humans. The Weapon X Project produced Wolverine, Leech, and other characters such as Deadpool and Sabretooth.

The story intertwines with some of Wolverine’s past, and eventually ends with Wolverine’s rampage being described in full, only to be revealed as the work of a Virtual reality system which actually predicted the events of Wolverine’s escape which then occur in real life moments later.

In this classic story, Experiment X, or the brutal adamantium-skeletal bonding process, (originally published in Marvel Comics Presents #72-84 in 1991) was eventually revealed as part of the “Weapon X Project.” Grant Morrison’s New X-Men in 2002 further revealed that Weapon X was the tenth of a series of such projects, collectively known as the Weapon Plus Program, and the X in “Weapon X” referred not (or not exclusively) to the letter X, but to the Roman numeral for the number 10. The first project, Weapon I, pertained to the Super Soldier Project that created Captain America.

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