There have been plenty of robot insurrections I think. Some I didn't know about even such as Alkhema creating some bio-synthezoids that ended up recreating Ultron. But Remender seems to be going I think on a specific path namely the whole point of "is an AI a living being?" He has indicated that the Descendants have been in existence since World War II really and been breeding, making more of their kind. So, he seems to want to make a definitive species of them that are not ordinary robots and have a developed civilization. Thus, bringing the question of "is it genocide if you exterminate machines?" type of thing. At least, thats how I percieve it being different from other robot rebellions.I have to say, from what we have been given here, there doesn't appear to be any difference between these descendants and Ellis' robot rebellion from the previous arc. Why do two Robot insurrections practically one after the other? Ellis' robot rebellion was neutralized pretty comprehensively. Maybe Remender wanted to show there was a robot rebellion that wasn't completely neutralized?
I think Remender has said in an interview that the Descendants aren't even simple robots as they have a consciousness and are alive. Remember Urn said he had a daughter and he wanted to protect her from the likes of the Avengers when he was attacking Valkyrie.
Well, New X-Men had them still being operational since the likes Fantomex and Ultimaton were created from the World facility though I don't think we have any indication if Weapon Plus is still operational. Morrison and others had it that John Sublime was the head of Weapon Plus and using it to breed supersoldiers for the eventual war against Mutants. Remender has, however, added Father into the equation who seems linked to Weapon Plus but has differing goals. spoilers:Do you think Weapons Plus is still in operation and Father is still part of it? Also, does anybody know where Descendant City is located?
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Recently, UXF indicated that Father created an agent called the Skinless Man who fought in the Cold War and sent him on a mission to recover the Orb of Necromancy. However, Fantomex was sent to stop him so it seems that Weapon Plus and Father might possibly have cut ties and become enemies.
The Descendant City? You mean the Core? I think Remender said in some interview that its located underground somewhere.