Knowing that the original DNA from Weapon X would never be able to produce a male offspring, the Facility scientists decided to use the genetic make-up of X-23. They had a new chance to make their own Weapon X and use him for their own personal gain. Lead scientist, Lana Grayson, decided to follow in Sarah Kinney's footsteps. She became the surrogate mother for the male subject and awaited for his birth.
From the start, the boy was deemed a failure. He, like X-23 was not a perfect clone. Weapon X lacked the original's healing factor and he would not survive the adamantium bonding process. Lana asked that they give him a chance because he could still be useful later in hopes of developing a new clone. Not wanting to waste any time, the baby was artificially aged. At just fifteen, the boy was smart like his mother and learned quickly. Other than his genetic flaw, Weapon X seemed to adjust to the assassin life fairly well. He didn't question why he was at the Facility, he felt it was his home. This was further established in his mind as his mother began calling him Garfield. He exceeded the Facility's expectations during one training program where Weapon X pushed himself to the point where he shattered his bone claws, but continued fighting. They saw he was actually worth keeping for the time being due to his perseverance to not give up.
Months later, Garfield discovered that the Facility managed to create a new clone with X-23's DNA as well as his own. The combination would create an exact replica of Wolverine. The old Weapon X was to be terminated immediately as he was no longer useful to the Facility. Lana led her son to a containment room and left him there. Red lights began to flash as a toxic gas was pumped into the room. Lana and other scientists watched as Weapon X suffocated in front of them. He stabbed his claws into the two-way mirror and stared towards his mother before falling to the ground motionless. Minutes after, armed guards entered the room to dispose of the boy's body. They dragged him to an incinerator and were prepared to throw him in. All of a sudden, he regained consciousness and impaled one guard's chest. He fell to the ground as the other guard prepared to shoot; Garfield sliced off his arm.
The clone tried to find his way out of the Facility but to know avail. He began to destroy everything around him. Then he saw his mother leaving with a case marked Type B. Garfield knew it was his genetic replacement and he chased Lana in a fit of rage. He tackled her to the ground and was picked up by more security. He managed to escape, wounding the guards in the process and he retrieved the case. Garfield slashed the container into pieces and before escaping the grasps of the Facility, made one last glare at his mother, who whispered, "What have I done?"
Garfield traveled for miles before he saw any signs of civilization. He knew he was being tracked so to avoid detection Garfield stole a set of new clothes. He attempted to hide his face behind a hooded sweatshirt, but he could smell something from the Facility heading his way. Not wishing to have unwanted casualties, Garfield headed for a seemingly-abandoned highway to lead his follower away from the small town.
He stood his ground and unsheathed his claws, preparing to face his follower. He suddenly realized he wasn't being tracked by a person, but something with an unidentifiable odor. As it moved closer the ground began to shake and then Garfield saw its face appear through the darkness. It was a Predator X, an experimental mutant hunter that the Facility had been developing. At this moment, Garfield realized it was there to kill him as the Predator X constantly needed to ingest fresh mutant DNA to avoid its degeneration process.
It sped towards him, so Garfield attempted to get behind it. He failed and the Predator X slashed his back with its immense claws. Gar could barely stand after the attack, but he would not give up. Predator X swung its arm at Garfield, but he ducked under it and stabbed it in the throat. The mutant tracker could not get Weapon X off, so it began to thrash around violently. Garfield slipped off and then was trampled by the beast. It stood over him and dug its claws into his chest as it prepared to devour him. An SUV sped down the highway, ran over Garfield and crashed into the Predator X, sending it off the bridge.
Garfield was barely conscious, but the only thing he managed to see before passing out was an MRD logo on the vehicle. When he awoke, a containment chamber had enclosed around his body. He violently struggled to become free, unsheathing his claws and breaking out of his confinement. Garfield looked around seeing the liquid that surrounded his body moments before flush against the rooms walls. He could smell guards coming his way, so he cut an exit through one of the nearby walls. Guns fired at him, though the bullets missed. A mass of armed guards ran towards Garfield, who now felt a sense of fear that had never existed in him before. He ignored it and , enraged, attacked the incoming forces.
Garfield turned a corner, drenched in blood and the scene behind him showed the guards on the floor, rolling around in anguish. As he made his way through the facility, he took notice of the breakout that had commenced earlier. Other young mutants were fighting, trying to escape confinement. Gar entered a large courtyard that had dozens of inmates standing together, fending off the MRD forces.
Soon several Sentinels emerged, slaughtering many and capturing others. Weapon X ran out into the field and lunged onto a nearby Sentinel. He continuously slashed at its neck until it was severed. He jumped down and saw that he saved a boy, who introduced himself as Tommy. Garfield fought alongside him, until they escaped to freedom, eventually parting ways.
Powers and Abilities
As a clone of X-23, Weapon X possesses most of her mutant powers. However, since he is still in his teens, some of his powers aren't as developed as those of X-23.
Regenerative Healing Factor: Like X-23, Weapon X's primary mutant power is an accelerated healing process that enables him to regenerate damaged or destroyed areas of his anatomy with far greater efficiency than an ordinary human. The speed of his healing factor is in proportion to the wound's severity; for example, he can fully recover from an ordinary gunshot wound within minutes or injuries as severe as a broken back and severed spine within days.
- Foreign Chemical Immunity: Weapon X's natural healing also affords him the virtual immunity to poisons and most drugs. He can be affected by some drugs, such as tranquilizers, if he is exposed to a massive dose.
- Disease Immunity: Due to his highly efficient immune system, Weapon X is immune to all Earthly diseases and infections.
- Superhumanly Acute Senses: Weapon X possesses superhumanly acute senses that are comparable to those of certain animals. He is capable of seeing at much greater distances, and with perfect clarity, than an ordinary human. He retains this same level of clarity in near-total darkness. His sense of hearing is enhanced in a similar manner, allowing him to both hear sounds that ordinary human's can't and to hear sounds that ordinary humans can, but at much greater distances. Weapon X is able to use his highly developed sense of smell to track targets by scent with an impressive degree of success, even if the scent has been eroded by natural factors, such as the weather.
- Superhuman Stamina: Weapon X's muscles produce considerably less fatigue toxins during physical activity than the muscles of an ordinary human. He can exert himself at peak capacity for about 24 hours before fatigue begins to impair him.
- Superhuman Agility: Weapon X's agility, balance, and bodily coordination are enhanced to levels that are beyond the natural physical limits of even the finest human athlete.
- Superhuman Reflexes: Weapon X's reflexes are enhanced to levels that are beyond the natural physical limits of the finest human athlete.
Bone Claws: Weapon X's skeleton includes six retractable bone claws, three in each arm, that are housed beneath the skin and muscle of his forearms. Weapon X can, at will, release these claws through his skin beneath the knuckles on each hand. The skin between the knuckles tears and bleeds, but the blood loss is quickly halted by his healing factor. Weapon X can unsheathe any number of his claws at once, although he must keep his wrists straight at the moment his claws pass from his forearms into his hands. When unsheathed, the claws are entirely within his hands, allowing him to bend his wrists when they are extended. The claws are made of bone, unlike the claws of normal mammals which are made of keratin. Like X-23, the bone claws are sharp and dense enough to slice through substances as durable as most metals, wood, and stone.
Longevity: Presumably, because Weapon X is a clone of the mutant X-23, his healing factor will also provide him with an extended lifespan by slowing the effects of the aging process.
Expert Covert Ops Training: Raised in captivity, due to his extensive training as a top-secret operative, Weapon X has been trained to become a living weapon.
Expert Tracker: Due to his enhanced sense of smell, Garfield is a dangerous tracker and has memorized many different scents.
Garfield's healing factor grants him great physical strength, as his muscles tire less and constantly repair any strains in his muscles he cant exert himself to a greater degree than humanly possible, though his strength does not reach superhuman levels. While the exact amount of weight he can lift isn't known, he can lift at the very least twice his own body weight; at least 290 lbs but no more than 800 lbs, which is the most amount of weight a being within the Marvel Universe can lift without being classified as superhuman.
Equipment: None known.
Transportation: None known.
Weapons: None known.
- Believes his true name to be Weapon X
- No trivia.
- Appearances of Garfield Grayson (Earth-616)
- Character Gallery: Garfield Grayson (Earth-616)
- Quotations by Garfield Grayson (Earth-616)
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