When Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso tweeted a piece of art depicting the Hulk with what appeared to be Wolverine’s claws in a pod labeled ‘Batch-H’, fan speculation blew the roof. The answers came, and now we know that in June 2017, the publisher will launch Weapons of Mutant Destruction, a crossover between Weapon X, one of the new books launching as part of the X-Men’s ResurrXion, and The Totally Awesome Hulk. The story, written by Greg Pak, the regular writer of both series, will begin in Totally Awesome Hulk #19 before continuing in a Mahmud Asrar-drawn one-shot titled Weapons of Mutant Destruction Alpha, and subsequent issues of both series.
Now, it’s no secret that over here at Comic-Book101.com, we’re huge fans of the mega-nice — and even more mega-talented Asrar — so we cornered him for a little chat.
By Abdulkareem Baba Aminu
What was your reaction when you learnt you’d be drawing the Weapons of Mutant Destruction Alpha one-shot?
Mahmud Asrar: I didn’t know this was coming, so it was a good surprise. Wolverine has been one of my favorite characters, and his Weapon X past has always intrigued me. This story, being involved with that, is something that compels me. I’m so happy to be involved with the kick-off of this.
Your fight scenes are quite dynamic. How do you approach them, the 101 of fight scenes, if you will?
Asrar: I do try to keep the action flowing from panel to panel while adhering to the basics of storytelling. When it comes to action, I try to vary the compositions so it is more dynamic than a dialog scene. In that regard, I’m inspired partly by Manga/Anime lately. What is key is to try to convey motion in what is essentially still imagery.
You’ve ripped through Marvel and DC’s sandbox quite a bit. Which other property are you dying to get your hands on?
Asrar: I’ve been with Marvel, and have happily worked on most of their major characters in some form. I do want to do some Thor and some Star Wars work if things work out. Mostly though, I’d like to do more X-Men. I’ve always been a fan.
I’ve worked with DC to a lesser extent so there are stuff I haven’t touched at all on that side. Especially the Gotham bunch. I’m happy to be a part of the Marvel family, but perhaps one day in the future. Who knows?
How about creator-owned stuff? We hear you have something major with some A-list writer…
Asrar: There’s currently no such news, unfortunately. I’m going to be staying exclusive with Marvel for a while longer. When I get the chance, I’ll delve into creator-owned stuff for sure. I do have plans of my own, but I’m also itching for some collaborations. We’ll see how it goes.
Back to WMD, what are you most eager /excited to draw in the series?
Asrar: As I said, I’m an X-fan, and considering their history, like the idea of this new Hulk crossing paths with an older Wolverine. That thought makes this interesting for me.
What research have you done to prep for such a story?
Asrar: I do my visual research based on the script I get. Also I try finding things to inspire me in relation to the story.
Finally, between us fans, just how much fun is it to draw a rampaging Hulk with adamantium claws?
Asrar: It’s a crazy concept, to be sure, and should make for some violently exciting visuals!