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A squad of soldiers goes missing in Olympic Peninsula, Washington and a soldier named Jackson Strode is interrogated in Russia. Jackson makes an escape and is extracted by his handlers. Jackson is a former journalist captured by Weapon Plus and connected to a piece of the Man-Thing. Despite his protests, Jackson’s commanding officer sends him after his own brother, Phillip Strode, in Olympic Peninsula. Phillip has been taken over by something similar to the Man-Thing and it’s up to Jackson to free his brother.
In the backup story, we watch the Brute Force program in action.
Weapon Plus: World War IV #1 shows us another facet of the Weapon Plus program. As expected, Weapon IV is a man unwillingly fused to the Man-Thing and his Weapon Plus handler is manipulating him to keep him compliant with the goals of Weapon Plus.
We don’t get too much of a portrait of Jackson Strode in this comic. We watch him facing hostile forces and his own cruel handler, but that doesn’t allow us to understand the kind of person Jackson Strode is. Regardless, there is some fun watching a Man-Thing-like character fight off superhuman opponents and Jackson isn’t an unpleasant lead figure.
The back-up story is fairly enjoyable, though it isn’t long enough for a reader to get attached to the characters.
Georges Jeanty provides some highly appealing artwork and the slight redesign on Man-Thing does look good. The action scenes are solid as well, with Wayne Faucher and Marc Deering giving the book some strong inkwork. Color artist Rachelle Rosenberg makes a strong showing as always. David Baldeon makes the Brute Force story art look good, and he’s backed up well by color artist Jesus Aburtov.
Weapon Plus: World War IV #1 is a fairly enjoyable one-shot. While Jackson isn’t the most grabbing lead, his plight is classic and easily sympathetic. The story and visual artists are solid and the overall book earns a recommendation. Feel free to check it out.
Weapon Plus: World War IV #1 comes to us from writers Benjamin Percy and Ryan Cady, artists Gerges Jeanty and David Baldeon, inkers Wayne Faucher, Marc Deering, and David Baldeon, color artists Rachelle Rosenberg and Jesus Aburtov, letterer VC’s Joe Sabino, cover artist Kyle Hotz with Dan Brown, and variant cover artist Skan.
Final Score: 7.5/10
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