Greg Pak on whether Nuke can be trusted, as he forges an unlikely partnership with Sabretooth.
Thirteen, it has been said, carries bad luck with it. On January 17, the Weapon X team better hope that amounts to nothing but superstition. Because in WEAPON X #13, they find themselves divided, up against a nearly tireless foe in the Nuke Patrol, and their only hope of survival lying with the original Nuke and Sabretooth, two individuals not well known for self-control or loyalty.
We feel too freaked out to just wait and see what happens, so we hit up writer (and noted Numerologist) Greg Pak and asked him if the superstitions might be true.
Marvel.com: At the end of #12, we see Sabretooth encounter the one true and original Nuke. Without offering too much by way of spoilers, what is Nuke’s relationship to the Patrol beyond sharing a taste for facial tattoos and pills?
Greg Pak: What the heck—I’m gonna spoil it! Because it’s fun stuff.
The idea is that mysterious entities in the United States have sent paramilitary teams into Santo Marco over the years to assassinate President Duarte. But Duarte’s military has managed to thwart all of these attempts—and even captured his would-be assassins. Finally, Nuke himself was sent—and was captured! And at that point, Duarte’s scientists got to work, reverse engineered the pills that power Nuke, and Nuked-up the soldiers who had previously tried to assassinate Duarte! Now those soldiers form the Nuke Patrol and serve Duarte. But we’ll see what happens himself when the original Nuke gets free…
Marvel.com: The plot details hint at the possibility of Nuke aiding the rest of Weapon X, but how reliable an ally can he be? How in control of himself even is he?
Greg Pak: That’s the big question, isn’t it? In the classic Miller/Mazzucchelli DAREDEVIL: BORN AGAIN storyline, Nuke was prone to completely losing control in a spectacularly dangerous way. What makes his appearance in this story even more high stakes is that he’s apparently teaming up with Sabretooth, who’s the least in-control member of the Weapon X team, which is already a team of loose cannons.
Weapon X #13.
Marvel.com: Speaking of in control of himself, with Sabretooth effectively isolated from the rest of the team, how reliable can he be to follow the rules and help Weapon X over just indulging himself?
Greg Pak: Exactly! The huge fun of this team is how much they shouldn’t be able to work as a team at all.
Marvel.com: How does working with Yildiray Cinar enable you to realize not just the bloody conflicts Weapon X indulges in, but the moral quandaries as well?
Greg Pak: Yildiray is just a tremendous artist. We got to work together on one of my favorite Batman/Superman stories, which told an alternate world meeting between a young Bruce and a young Clark, and Yildiray delivered beautiful, affecting character work. Here he gets to cut loose with spectacular action, and I just adore all the mayhem. But he’s also delivering all that great emotional conflict and humor with every page and panel.
Marvel.com: As for the larger team, how are they faring without Sabretooth? What’s their physical state and state of mind?
Greg Pak: The team’s getting pretty brutally ripped up by the Nuke Patrol, so they’re getting pretty ticked off. Some huge decisions are coming up that will affect the team in a big way moving forward. Also, sometimes moments of great stress lead to unexpected emotional revelations. So get ready for some kissing!
Marvel.com: For holdouts who haven’t checked out the title yet, why is this arc the exact right time to jump aboard?
Greg Pak: It’s a new adventure that you don’t need a lot of extra info to dive into. And it’s a big, fun action story with pretty huge emotional consequences for the team. Also, we got kissing coming up in #14. KISSING! ACTION! MAYHEM! Dontcha dare miss it!
Greg Pak sends his team of mercenaries and monsters into the fray!
Marvel Legacy heats up in the South American country of Santo Marco with “Nuke-Clear War” part one in Greg Pak and Yildiray Cinar’s WEAPON X #12 coming December 13. With mutant genocide taking place, Weapon X’s ragtag alliance of heroes and villains may be the only ones who can stop it. There’s just one teensy, tiny problem: he goes by Frank Simpson, better known as Nuke, and he’s got a band of super-soldiers on his side. They’re all hopped up on the red, white, and blue pills, which won’t make things any easier for the mutant good guys.
Speaking with Pak, we got the low-down on the brewing conflict of his newest WEAPON X storyline.
Marvel.com: Mutant genocide is a pretty serious development. Can you give a quick summary of where this is happening and why?
Greg Pak: Our story takes place in Santo Marco, the fictional South American nation that Magneto took over way back in [UNCANNY X-MEN #4]. I’ve set stories in the country a few times over the years—in my WAR MACHINE and STORM runs—and established it as a place where dangerous leaders have periodically led anti-mutant persecutions. Most recently, the Weapon X team visited Santo Marco during the Weapons of Mutant Destruction storyline, where they investigated the murder of a mutant named Jorge. As our new story begins, the dictatorial president of Santo Marco has started a new attack on mutants and anyone related to mutants, spearheaded by a platoon of ruthless super-soldiers who wear the American flag on their faces. So yes, if you’re a fan of Frank Simpson, a.k.a. the super-soldier known as Nuke, this is the story for you.
Marvel.com: What drives Weapon X to want to put a stop to it all?
Greg Pak: Weapon X is made up of loners, mercenaries, and even borderline villains who really shouldn’t be able to work together as a team. But they’ve managed to stick together over a series of missions in order to fight shared enemies; enemies that even barely-reformed villains like Sabretooth and Lady Deathstrike see the need to take out. In this case, James Proudstar, a.k.a. Warpath, gets an emergency call from Acero, Jorge’s brother, asking for help. Warpath’s immediately committed to heading to Santo Marco to fight, but as you’ll see in the actual story, each of the other members of the team may need a little more convincing. In particular, Domino’s always got her eyes on the prize, which in her case is some kind of cash payout. And Sabretooth, as always, might have some other plan up his sleeve.
Weapon X #12 cover by Rahzzah
Marvel.com: How do these special super-soldier pills make the foreign militia an even match for Weapon X?
Greg Pak: When Nuke was first introduced by [Frank] Miller and [David] Mazzucchelli back in the classic DAREDEVIL storyline “Born Again,” his managers used red, white, and blue pills to amp him up and cool him down. We’ll see those pills in action in this new storyline. Watch out for those red ones in particular, y’all!
Marvel.com: Will Weapon X have any mutant allies, either from the X-Men or the persecuted population they’re fighting for?
Greg Pak: Weapon X tends to work alone. They barely hold together as team—they’re not really built to play well with others. But Acero and his fellow Santo Marcans will play a role as well.
This is a great place to plug artist Yildiray Cinar, who makes his debut in the book with this storyline. He’s doing absolutely incredible work, making every one of our heroes distinctive and fun and full of character and making every new supporting character feel like a fully fleshed out, compelling, real person. And he’s totally eating up all the action. I’m loving every page he turns in, and Frank D’Armata’s colors are just gorgeous over his inks.
Track a loose Nuke in WEAPON X #12 by Greg Pak and Yildiray Cinar on December 13!
One super soldier battles another as Cap lends Daredevil a helping hand!
Every day we celebrate Captain America’s 75th anniversary by looking deep into the Marvel Unlimited archives and going through some of Steve Rogers’ most thrilling adventures. Happy diamond anniversary Sentinel of Liberty!
They say that old soldiers never die, they just fade away. When it comes to super soldiers though, the options seem a bit more diverse. In the pages of DAREDEVIL #233, two stand on display: Captain America and Nuke.
Part of Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli’s epic “Born Again” story, Nuke hits New York City hired by Wilson Fisk to take out Matt Murdock. In DAREDEVIL #232, readers meet the maniacal pill-popping soldier as he takes out an entire village in Nicaragua all by himself. The man originally known as Frank Simpson soon launches a similar attack in Manhattan that garners the attention of Daredevil.
Matt does his best to fight Nuke, but finds himself outmatched. He also discovers that there’s more to him than simple muscle and bone. Soon enough, the mass destruction draws the attention of Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America who easily put a stop to the rampage.
With Nuke locked up, though, Captain America feels the need to look into this man even further because they both wear the flag. Of course, both also appear to have been enhanced by their own governments to fight for the military.
Thanks to some hacking, Steve discovers that Simpson’s abilities came as a result of Operation: Rebirth, the exact same initiative that lead to the Super-Solder Serum. The experiments took on 20 candidates, but only Frank survived.
Nuke busts out of his confinement and goes toe to toe with Cap one more time, but loses. Instead of turning him in to his creators, Cap and Daredevil take the science experiment over to Ben Urich at the Daily Bugle.
Once again, Steve Rogers proves how special and unique he is without even meaning to. That particular man from that particular time happened to have the persistence to continue trying to defend his country along with the right physiology to take on the Serum. All of that shines through as we see Nuke furiously fight while a variety of different superiors pull his strings and mess with his head. You just know that Steve Rogers wouldn’t let that happen to him and tries to stop it from happening to Nuke even more.
Nuke stays out of commission for quite a while before returning to the comic page in WOLVERINE ORIGINS by Daniel Way and Steve Dillon. The government sends Nuke to take out Wolverine, but Cap shows up to stop the mutant from killing his hunter. Since then, the now cybernetically enhanced soldier has shown up as Scourge in THUNDERBOLTS and even took on Cap again during Rick Remender’s run when the Iron Nail waged war against the hero.
Next, CAPTAIN AMERICA #250 asks the questions: why doesn’t someone who loves his country as much as Steve Rogers run for president?
See What's New in Marvel AR 1/22/14
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Have you taken the next step in your comics reading experience by experiencing Augmented Reality via the Marvel AR App for iOS and Android devices? If not, you’re missing out! Here’s Marvel Content Producer & Manager of the AR App Judy Stephens to give you the overview:
“The Marvel AR App brings new, exciting and free content to your print comics by using an iOS or Android device. To access any of the content, all you need is your phone/tablet, the app and an internet connection. Hold your device over the panel with the AR icon and watch the future unfold! With Marvel NOW!, we’re kicking off a schedule of even more Marvel goodness for your eyes and ears! Each week stay tuned for bonus content including videos from the creators, original sketches & pencils, art evolutions, surprise celebrity appearances and more!
Got an idea for a Marvel AR video or bonus content? Let us know on twitter @Marvel!”
Have you got your Marvel AR App downloaded and your iOS and Android ready to go? Then check out the exciting AR content available this week!
ALL-NEW INVADERS #1
James Robinson and Steve Pugh reunite the greatest heroes of World War II! Watch a trailer and then get welcomed to the book by Robinson.
ALL-NEW X-MEN #22
The Shi’ar have come for justice as Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen kick off the Trial of Jean Grey! Editor Steve Wacker introduces the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Jonathan Hickman and Salvador Larroca reintroduce some very familiar faces! Editor Jake Thomas gives some background on the portal created by A.I.M.
CAPTAIN AMERICA #15
The Iron Nail’s plan hits a new level courtesy of Rick Remender and Carlos Pacheco! Remender provides more information on Nuke.
EMPIRE OF THE DEAD #1
Enter the newest chapter of George Romero’s zombie epic, illustrated by Alex Maleev! Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso introduces the story, plus see Romero’s appearance on Marvel LIVE! from New York Comic Con!
Also! Continue following our new weekly web series, As the Page Turns via AR! You can catch the latest installment in the issues of ALL-NEW X-MEN, AVENGERS and CAPTAIN AMERICA mentioned above!
To see Marvel AR video executions from this week and more, visit our YouTube playlist and keep checking back for new additions!
Each Marvel NOW! comic with Marvel AR also features a special look at what’s led up to the issue and what to expect within that you can access just by aiming your device at the cover.
Enjoy this week’s AR, and we’ll see you next week for another round!
Counting down the Best Villains of 2013 Pt. 1
Marvel.com reveals our top 25 list of the nastiest bad guys from the past year!
In 2013, the heroes of the Marvel Universe found themselves as ever measured by the threats they faced. Whether evil came from deep space or the urban streets, villains had a big year.
To send last year out with a bang, Marvel.com will be counting down our top 25 villains of 2013, as selected by staffers and freelancers. Got your own thoughts on the matter? We’d love to hear them, so send them our way on Twitter @Marvel, using the hashtag #Marvel2013!
25. CASSANDRA NOVA
First Appearance: NEW X-MEN #114
Where She Appeared in 2013: UNCANNY X-FORCE
Why She’s #25: “One of the creepiest and most dangerous threats the X-Men have ever faced resurfaced this past year to take on Psylocke, Storm and company out west. Her sheer power and ability to make even the most hardened of heroes quiver like a newborn when sent to their Black Bug Room makes her terrifying, but her willingness to target even small children to get her way stands out as a new low even for Professor X’s evil twin.” – Ben Morse
Digital Comic Spotlight: NEW X-MEN #121
Nuke by Carlos Pacheco
First Appearance: DAREDEVIL #232
Where He Appeared in 2013: CAPTAIN AMERICA
Why He’s #24: “Frank ‘Nuke’ Simpson provides the Marvel Universe with a horrific polar opposite view of Captain America. While Nuke serves as a pawn in the Iron Nail’s larger evil agenda, years of mental and physical abuse from various past handlers continues to fuel his twisted patriotism and resulting despicable acts. Unlike some Marvel villains who can be reasoned with in certain dire situations, Nuke’s insanity ensures his actions will always result in catastrophic tragedy.” – Tim O’Shea
Digital Comic Spotlight: WOLVERINE: ORIGINS #3
23. CORVUS GLAIVE
First Appearance: FREE COMIC BOOK DAY: INFINITY
Where He Appeared in 2013: INFINITY
Why He’s #23: “A chief lieutenant of Thanos’ Black Order, Corvus Glaive heralded a far more sadistic Mad Titan than any readers encountered before. Tasked with requesting sacrificial tributes of the worlds along Thanos’ warpath, the cruel and sharp-featured thug eagerly complied, the very picture of sadist glee. Even his name seems like something wicked and uncaring from a Frank Herbert novel.” – Paul Montgomery
Digital Comic Spotlight: INFINITY #1
Caroline Le Fey
22. CAROLINE LE FEY First Appearance: FEARLESS DEFENDERS #1
Where She Appeared in 2013: FEARLESS DEFENDERS
Why She’s #22: “You have to be confident in your villainous skills to go toe-to-toe with a heavy-hitting Norse warrior like Valkyrie and the rest of her Fearless Defenders, and the daughter of Doctor Doom and Morgan Le Fey spent 2013 proving her evil worth. Caroline Le Fey did a lot to mess with the freshman team, namely kidnapping Dani Moonstar, welcoming the deadly Doommaidens to Midgard, and throwing a bunch of giant sea monsters at New Amazonia. Even if defeat claimed Le Fey by the year’s end, she still succeeded in one feat that’s sure to cause trouble in the future: restoring her mother to full power.” – Brett White
Digital Comic Spotlight: FEARLESS DEFENDERS #4AU
21. DIMITRIOS First Appearance: AVENGERS A.I. #1
Where He Appeared in 2013: AVENGERS A.I.
Why He’s #21: “A new terror rushed to fill the vacuum left in Ultron’s wake, another sentient A.I. committed to exterminating all humanity. Ironically, Dimitrios rose up from the very code Hank Pym devised to eliminate Ultron. Perhaps most cruelly, Dimitrios possessed a suit of Tony Stark’s abandoned Safe Armor, a sickening reminder of the destruction wrought by even the most well-meaning heroes.” – Paul Montgomery
Digital Comic Spotlight: AGE OF ULTRON: AI #10
The countdown continues tomorrow right here on Marvel.com, but in the meantime, share your thoughts on Twitter with us @Marvel using the hashtag #Marvel2013!