Any fan of the X-Men is probably aware that any story told about the team’s future is set in a grim-dark world where there is only misery, shame, sadness, etc. As a result, even if you’ve never heard of it before, just hearing the title of Wolverine: Old Man Logan will probably conjure images of an elder mutant in a world that still hates and fears him. Yet, even with all the future stories from over the years, this one promised to be entirely different. Could this limited series truly bring something new to the table? How does our favorite Canadian powder-keg act in his twilight years, especially if the entire world is flipped on its head?
Old Man Logan begins 50 years in the future. Wolverine, who now encourages everyone to just call him Logan, lives a meager existence in California, scraping what few crops he can and raising pigs on an area of blasted land. At some point, Logan married a woman named Maureen and fathered two children. The West Coast, now called Hulkland, is run by Hulk and his descendants, the brutish and inbred Hulk Gang. Without enough rent money, the gang threatens to kill all of Logan’s family and all seems lost…until an old friend, Hawkeye, arrives with a business proposition for Logan. What ensues is a cross-country race against time, taking the two men across the entirety of a United States without heroes and run by vicious criminals. Can Logan retain his pacifist agenda and help his family make rent in time? And is there still a place for heroes in such a defunct world?
Mark Millar, the man behind my beloved Superman: Red Son, wrote Old Man Logan. As expected of Millar, the story is full of surprises and creative turns. The story has a bit of dark humor, but for the most part it’s a dark, powerful story. Many people complain “gritty” tales are overdone, but I feel Millar does great work here. The world he weaves makes sense, and the way he justifies Wolverine’s pacifism is interesting and believable, even for such a character who’s known for stabbing first and asking questions later. It’s also great to see how some of the characters have aged and changed, and how the new generation acts in regards to the heroes and villains of the past. The progression of the story is also great. Millar, as usual, delivers a great story.
Old Man Logan has a HUGE art team behind it, and all of them are key to making some of the greatest scenes I’ve ever seen in comics. Penciller Steven McNiven delivers awesome character models and great fight scenes. These sketches are backed up by the awesome inking talents of Dexter Vines, Mark Morales, and Jay Leisten; coloring from Morry Hollowell, Christina Strain, Justin Ponsor, Jason Keith, Nathan Fairbairn, and Paul Mounts; and finally lettering by Cory Petit of VC. I can’t even begin to describe the multitude of amazing scenes without spoiling key elements of the plot, so I’d suggest going out and seeing the work for yourself. Even so I can still say that this is some of the highest quality comic art I’ve ever seen, so it’s well worth a look.
The collection Wolverine: Old Man Logan is a great comic that really pulled me into the story. I’d say this comic is a must-buy for anyone with even the faintest idea of who Wolverine is. This comic definitely gives a new spin to his character which is desperately needed in a world where Wolverine seems to pop up in just about every series Marvel releases. I will warn, however, that this is a very violent piece: if you can’t stand the sight of blood (even if it’s drawn), then STEER CLEAR. Otherwise, go out and buy this graphic novel now; no seriously, do it!
Brett Simon is a twenty-two year old comic enthusiast. When he gets to his older years, he hopes one of his old buddies takes him on a wild cross-country joy ride that involves toppling evil dictators.