X-ual Healing: Man-Groot-Thing vs. Hulkverine in Weapon H #4

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• Whoever knows fear burns at the touch of Man-Thing. And Clay – A.K.A. Weapon H – has a lot to be afraid of.
• He’ll do anything to keep his family safe from the monster he’s become. But Roxxon Corporation has other plans – and they’re inches from capturing a vital part of Clay’s past.
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We start off with Roxxon CEO Dario Agger in Fort Worth, Texas, visiting Sergeant Anson Davies, Weapon H’s old army buddy who Weapon H’s wife, Sonia, visited last issue while trying to track down her husband. Agger wants to know who Weapon H really is. Davies pulls a gun on him. Agger transforms into giant bull. Before he murders Davies, Davies lets slip that Weapon H has a family he can exploit.

In Odessa, Texas, Sonia boards a buss trying to track down her husband. She flashes back to a memory of Weapon H in the Redwood National Forest, in which it seems like her husband would rather be there in the woods than back home. In the present. Weapon H is in that same forest when he’s attacked by The Man-Thing! Well, not necessarily *the* Man-Thing. It’s a Man-Thing, genetically engineered by Roxxon to include Groot DNA. Weapon H Hulks out, and they fight. While they’re brawling, Agger talks to Weapon H through a robot bug. Weapon H has no fear so he hasn’t been burned by the Man-Thing’s touch… yet. But when Agger mentions that he’s going to track down Weapon H’s family, he becomes very afraid.

As people flee the park, Sonia has arrived. She notices another woman sneaking into the forest and follows her to find Weapon H and Man-Thing still battling. It’s Dr. Ella Sterling, who we met in a previous issue. She knows Clay’s biggest secret, and that secret is Sonia. Sonia realizes that Weapon H is her husband Clay. They’re finally reunited… for a moment. Roxxon choppers are coming, and Weapon H tells Sonia and Dr. Sterling to run away. He says Roxxon will come after Sonia and the kids. He’ll stay behind and hold them off. Sonia disagrees, so Weapon H tosses her and Dr. Sterling into a lake. Roxxon captures him and carries him off.

The Bottom Line

Poor Weapon H! Will he ever find happiness? Well, it’s only 4 issues in, so he’s probably got a lot more misery to go first. This comic continues to be way, way better than its premise deserves.

Further Reading

You’ve seen Hulkverine vs. Man-Thing, but what about Hulk vs. Man-Thing? You can find that battle in Incredible Hulk #197!

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A prophecy says that in the comic book industry's darkest days, a hero will come to lead the people through a plague of overpriced floppies, incentive variant covers, #1 issue reboots, and super-mega-crossover events.

Scourge of Rich Johnston, maker of puns, and seeker of the Snyder Cut, Jude Terror, sadly, is not the hero comics needs right now... but he's the one the industry deserves.