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This is the third installment of the Weapon X series, written by Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente with various artists such as Greg Land, Yilidray Cinar, Marc Borste, and Luca Pizzari, among others. This was one of the new on-going titles that came during Marvel's re-branding, Resurr Xion and lasted 27 issues.

A team born of circumstance, Old Man Logan, Sabretooth, Domino, Warpath, and Lady Deathstrike must join forces to stop the new program hunting them down and threatening to destroy mutant-kind. Though they came together due to a common enemy, they eventually become an official X-team, functioning as the hunting unit. This vicious group must learn to cooperate and try to do their jobs without killing each other first.

Eventually, Sabretooth takes over as leader with Logan and Warpath taking their leave. Creed plans to focus the team on mercenary jobs and they re-brand themselves as Weapon X-Force. Omega Red & Mystique join their ranks, along with honorary members, Monet St. Croix and Deadpool.


The third volume provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Aborted Arc: The "Weapon X-Force" incarnation of the team was set up... just in time for the series to be cancelled and for the original X-Force to receive an ongoing.
  • Absolute Cleavage: Monet's famous X-Factor outfit makes its return.
  • Abusive Parents: Mystique with her son, Graydom, whom she abandoned & assassinated. Victor is worried after finding him in Hell, but Mystique just tells him to put Graydon back where he found him.
  • Action Series: The book mainly fits this genre. The characters aren't given any deep motivations or depth. It's mainly just fight sequence after fight sequence.
  • All Animals Are Domesticated: Kotik. He's initially hostile, but warms to Creed & Omega Red by the next chapter & acts like a kitten.
  • Amicable Exes: Mystique with Creed & Azazel, leads into Working with the Ex.
    • While disguised as Foreigner, she was contacting Creed to do jobs with her & they work fine together, despite him annoying her sometimes.
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    • She & Azazel are on good terms. He was even upset she made effort of posing as his assistant to spy on him but never spoke to him.
  • Apologizes a Lot: Creed to Monet in chapter 24.
    • He apologizes for the mess she's in & she tells him not to because it sounds weird coming from him. But he persists, saying he's serious & expresses his regret for not being there for her during her Emplate-curse.
    • When they're captured by Sauron to be sacrificed, he apologizes to her again & she yells at him to stop apologizing & think of a plan or she'll shove him into the pit herself.
  • Badass in Distress: Everyone but Mystique ends up captured by Stryker at the end of issue 23. They're thrown in a holding-cell where they're told by the satanic cult guard to chose their weapon for the games to start in ten min.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Lady Deathstrike is a common example, with her current & previous outfits.
  • Big Damn Kiss: Domino and Warpath during their battle with the Nuke Platoon.
  • Butt-Monkey: Sabretooth for the first half of the series.
    • Beaten senseless by Hulk Cho while Warpath & Logan chat and ignore it.
    • Kicked across a State by Weapon H and was the only one not healed a day later.
    • Manhandled by Laura while Logan watches in amusement.
    • Kicked in the face by Laura when trying to talk to her.
    • Being kidnapped & getting his life force drained by Omega Red.
    • Beaten up by Warpath
    • Manhandled in his birthday fight with Logan
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Graydon does this to Victor when pointing out how he & Mystique abandoned him for being human.
  • Character Death: Sabretooth, Domino, Mystique, Deadpool, and Omega Red are killed in order to be sent to Hell. However Azazel has their bodies in suspended animation & can release them so their healing factors can revive them.
  • Characterization Marches On: With Sabretooth. The first 6 chapters, Creed worked & got along with others, aside from snarking with Logan. When tracking the cyborgs, Creed agrees not to kill them, figured out how they were able to travel, and listened to Logan when he had a plan. He even plays Good Cop during an interrogation with Logan & freaks out when the scientist mysteriously dies. Moving to chapter 7, Creed becomes The Heel and The Millstone. He recklessly charges at Weapon H and is kicked across a state. After the beating, Logan comes up with a plan to stop Weapon H without lethal force. Creed objected, having already decided to kill Weapon H, prompting Logan to yell that he's been difficult & fighting him from the very beginning.
  • Clark Kenting: Creed, in issue 22 where he's just wearing a suit & glasses, his alias being "Dick Steele."
  • Close-Call Haircut: Deadpool napalms Monet's head, which leaves slight singes on her but burned off her hair, leaving a bald spot.
  • Covers Always Lie:
    • Creed's Uncanny-X-Men design was used the first eleven chapters of the series with his short hair & costume. Creed had long hair & wore street clothes in the book.
    • The cover for issue 16 has Victor maiming Logan, which didn't happen in the book.
    • Issue 24's cover showed all of the team, including Mystique, dead in a mass grave. They weren't killed or sent to Hell in this issue & Mystique wasn't in the chapter.
    • Issue 27 had a distraught Monet holding an unraveling Sabretooth. Monet was hardly focused on in the chapter, and her relationship with Creed hadn't been a focal point since issue 24.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Azazel bluntly told Mystique that she inspired his jealousy by coming to him with Sabretooth, with whom she also coupled & had a child. When Victor taunts him about it, Azazel decapitates him.
  • Defiant Captive: Sabretooth at the start of issue 24, during their imprisonment.
  • Everyone Can See It: Nobody believed Creed & Monet were just friends.
    • Yuriko thought Monet was Victor's ex-girlfriend, despite his protests.
    • Domino was a Shipper on Deck who gushed at them a few times.
    • At one point, Deadpool wondered if they're gonna kiss & called them lovebirds shortly after.
  • The Fellowship Has Ended: For the original team. Warpath quit when Sabretooth took charge. Logan wasn't in good health and resigned, thinking Creed's heart was in the right place.
  • Flying Brick: Warpath for the original team. Monet later on, having the same powers as Warpath, plus more.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: "Friend" may be too polite, but Sabretooth fit perfectly. The first half of the book, it was made clear that nobody in Weapon X was crazy about him.
  • Friends with Benefits: Domino & Warpath. She even states he's not her boyfriend, but a hot guy she likes to play smashmouth with.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: For the Weapons of Mutant Destruction arc, Totally Awesome Hulk joined the original team as their piggy bank, chauffeur,smart guy and team muscle. His presence is instrumental in the creation of Weapon H. Amadeus Cho would later quit once he realized that everyone on that team is a hardened killer (though he does become friends again with Domino in her solo series) and aren't going to change.
  • Healing Factor: Everyone in the book has one, except Domino, who makes up for it with her luck.
  • Heel–Faith Turn: William Stryker who sold his soul to Hell when it became clear God didn't support his anti-mutant propaganda.
  • Hell Seeker: Everyone becomes this in chapter 25, though not for the standard reason. Stryker vows to return from the grave to kill them, so they all need to go to Hell & destroy him for good to prevent his continued attacks.
  • The Heart: Split between Logan & Warpath for the original team. In their absence, Domino sometimes tries to fulfill the role, but isn't too effective.
  • Hypocrite: While it's nothing new for the character, Reverend Stryker's hatred of mutants based on his belief that they're "creations of the devil" has grown to the point of overshadowing any semblance of faith entirely; specifically to the point where even he realized God would never support his actions. So Stryker went looking for endorsement from someone else.
  • Is That What They're Calling It Now?: Sabretooth says this regarding Warpath & Domino.
    Creed: I would've thought you two would be happy to grab some private time, if you know what I mean.
    Warpath: We're on a mission here, okay?
    Creed: Is that what you kids are calling it these days?.
  • The Leader: Logan functioned as this for the original Weapon X team, being the one who started bringing them together. Sabretooth has taken over as of chapter 17, and plans to focus the team on mercenary jobs.
  • Licked by the Dog: Kotik kisses Omega Red at one point.
  • The Millstone: Sabretooth for the original team. They worked decently together for the most part, but Creed usually contrarily took issue with how things were done & caused trouble in his own pursuit of excitement.
  • Money Fetish: Domino's only motivation & interest has been money. Outside of her fling with Warpath, there hasn't been much else to her.
  • Morality Pet: Kotik is a literal case with Creed & Omega Red caring for him. Now that she's back, Monet may be one for Creed.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Sabretooth is very muscular and has been shirtless many times. In one instance, his shirt gets shot off of him and he spends the next two chapters without one.
  • Nominal Hero: With Warpath & Logan gone, all of the current Weapon X-Force team fits here.
  • Not So Invincible After All: Logan's Healing Factor has slowed down considerably, and he doesn't appear to be in good shape. Warpath says as Wolverine, he has the best healing factor, but Logan tells him that's not the case anymore. He appears to be dying, with Warpath telling Domino that he doesn't know how long Logan will be with them.
  • Old Flame: Monet & Creed. Many assumed they had a Secret Relationship in Uncanny X-Men, but it's ambiguous. Here, Deathstrike follows that thought, calling Monet Creed's ex. Even though he gets defensive at the insinuations, the Ship Tease very heavily implies clear lingering feelings, despite them not seeing each other in a few months to over a year.
  • Papa Wolf: When Sabretooth finds Graydon in Hell, he becomes determined to bring him home, going so far as to threaten the devil himself in order to do so.
  • Pet the Dog: Sabretooth, when he decides to save Omega Red after it becomes clear his current boss doesn't care about him. Also literally when he & Omega Red adopt Kotik.
  • Pig Latin: Domino in issue 24.
    Creed: Always talkin' big. Why don't you just kill just instead of yappin' about it if you're so hot now?
    Domino: Ix-nay on the ill-us kay, dude.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: The cover for chapter 27 gives off this vibe, as Creed unravels while Monet tries desperately to hold on to him.
  • Status Quo Is God: Sabretooth's inversion gets undone the final issue, resetting him to his former villain status.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Yuriko and Creed for the former team.
  • Reformed, but Not Tamed: Sabretooth is inverted, but still violent & kill-happy like his evil self. Azazel notes this is why he's not redeemed. The inversion has changed him but the evil in his soul is still present -and as such he's still a monster damned to Hell.
  • Religion of Evil: The Church of Human Potential
  • The Reveal:
    • The Foreigner, who'd been trying to recruit Creed, was Mystique the whole time.
    • Monet was mind-controlled into joining Mentallo's cult. Only Mentallo isn't the leader. It's actually a Cyborg William Stryker!
  • She's Not My Girlfriend: Creed & Domino when it comes to Monet & Warpath respectively.
  • Shipper on Deck: It seems Creed & Monet have three shippers on board.
    • Domino was going to quit the team until she hears from Yuriko that Monet is Creed's ex. Domino gushes & finds it adorable, so she stays to help save her. Later when Creed shyly tries to talk to Monet, Domino ruins the moment to gush loudly at him.
    • After hearing Domino's ramble to Monet about nobody believing Creed's "just a friend" protests, Deadpool promptly asks "So, you two gonna kiss or what?"
    • Finally when Creed & Monet get to have a proper convo, Omega Red listens in with a coy grin on his face.
  • Ship Tease: Heavily for Creed x Monet through Everyone Can See It & Domino's Shipper on Deck behavior. Other examples include.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Domino & Creed. The former is depicted as a party-girl ditz who's sometimes unaware of things going on around her. Creed is written as The Brute, and has trouble hunting, not being able to use keyboards, and Logan commenting on his stupidity a few times. Despite the fact Sabretooth was a Genius Bruiser in the last Weapon X series.
  • Undying Loyalty: Omega Red seemed to have it for Victor. He joined the team after Creed saves him, telling his brother that Victor is the only person to help him and make him believe he could be more than a monster.
  • Unusual Pets for Unusual People: with Sabretooth, Omega Red and their baby tiger.
  • Weapon of Choice: Mentioned above in Badass in Distress. Omega Red & Deathstrike have weapons that are apart of their body, so they don't chose one. The others are as follows.
    • Sabretooth = Curved Sword
    • Monet = Battle Ax
    • Domino = Mace
    • Deadpool = Crossbow
  • We Were Your Team: The finale qualifies. With Sabretooth regressed to a feral state & roaming the Saskatchewan woods, Weapon X-Force is left with no leader. Subsequently, most of the team has been shown moving on to other adventures.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Kotik was in chapters 18-21, with Victor & Omega Red caring for him. However, he's missing chapter 22-27.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Creed x Monet as soon as the latter joined the book. The final issue doesn't give an answer, as they're separated through unfortunate circumstances Sabretooth is insane & wandering the Saskatchewan woods. Meanwhile, Monet is back in Aspen wondering what happened to him.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Sabretooth doesn't hold back in his fight with Laura, and ripped off half her face. But she gave as good as she got.

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