Old Man Logan #1 (Marvel)


CREDIT: Marvel

Rating: 3.5/5 – Wolverine is Dead in the New MarvelU, but Logan Isn’t.
By ComicSpectrum senior reviewer Shawn Hoklas.

I really enjoyed the Old Man Logan storyline that appeared in the pages of Wolverine back in the late 2000s. Written by Mark Millar with art by Steve McNiven, it was a story set in an alternate future where the villains had combined their forces to wipe out the earth’s heroes. Villains like the Red Skull, Mysterio and more plagued Wolverine and the heroes until a tragic event caused Logan to go into hiding and vow to never unsheathe his claws again, effectively destroying the hero Wolverine, but leaving the “Old Man Logan”.

In the recent Secret Wars event, Old Man Logan returned with a new creative team of Brian Michael Bendis and Andrea Sorrentino.  On this new ongoing series, writer Jeff Lemire has taken over from Bendis, but Sorrentino remains on art as we get to see Logan on the new Prime Earth, which is the new main Marvel Universe. Lemire has Logan disoriented at the beginning of this issue as he comes to grips with just where he is, and then realizing he now has a chance to save the Earth and set things right. Lemire shows us Logan in the present, but smartly walks us through the past as well showing us Logan’s time on the alternate Earth. This past allows new readers who may not have read the series from eight years ago to get to know Logan, and see what will motivate his actions as this series goes along.

Sorrentino’s art is the same stylized art we’ve come to expect from him. Shadows and heavy black lines dominate and he’s always able to tell a story effectively. His style may not be for everyone, but it works for me here. There’s some really great splash pages that show both the present and past, especially a nod to Frank Miller’s Dark Knight that’s even signed “After Miller” on the page. My complaint with the art is with the colors, because at times it looks washed out. It definitely contributes to the signature look of Sorrentino’s art, but not always in the best way. I was definitely able to look past the occasional washed out colors and enjoy the story and art, especially the ending that shows just where this series is headed. Wolverine may be dead in the Marvel Universe, but we’re still getting a series about this Logan, and so far it’s a good one.

Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
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