Warning: If you have not read, heard about, or understand the original mini-series Old Man Logan by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven, do yourself a big favour and get that book today. Set in an alternate universe/future, Old Man Logan is a story of a dystopian Marvel Universe in which Logan is one of the last surviving superheroes. And that is about all you need to know before reading what is one of the most celebrated mainstream comics of the last decade.
After the mass popularity of the character, and title of Old Man Logan, 7 long years later the character made his return. During the height of 2015 Secret Wars, Brian Michael Bendis gave us a taste of another Old Man Logan title, which due to overwhelming reception, lead to a new ongoing title. Following all-star writers like Millar and Bendis, there is one name I know I would hand the title, and much to my Canadian fancy the publishing company had the same idea. January 2016 saw the publication of Old Man Logan #1 written by Jeff Lemire, with Andrea Sorrentino returning after his work with Bendis on the second volume of the series.
Honestly, I have been eagerly awaiting the TPB collection of this title, and when I got my copy I got some form of cold feet as I have stared at it on my bookshelf for months. The original storyline was one of the best concepts we’ve received out of Marvel in a long time. It is one of those titles that stands apart from the rest. Then there is the authors, Millar to Bendis to Lemire, number 7 to 3 to 1 on my Top 15 Comic Writers list. For me, it doesn’t get better. So, after playing around, reading plenty of other things, I had to put a stop to this waiting game. Especially considering, I didn’t even know what I was waiting for. Like if I let it sit and age it would reduce and stew into an even better book? Like if I read it, than it was over and there would be a void? No, no more waiting, there’s more to this series, it’s ongoing. Thus, I did it. I peeled it out of it’s place on the shelf and cracked open page one…
Old Man Logan suddenly appears in the past, buck naked and disoriented. The world is seemingly as it was before the villain uprising of Logan’s timeline. Of course, being the man he is, he takes this as a sign to end the torturous future before it happens. Making a list of necessary assassinations he quickly begins his efforts. Once he starts interacting with old villains and allies alike however, Logan starts to realize that this is not his past, this is not his world. Which becomes more obvious when he discovers that the Logan of this world has died. What is an old man with healing powers and claws to do?
One thing I have to say; the art was amazing. This was my first look at Andrea Sorrentino’s work, and I expected that to be his art on Lemire’s Green Arrow run. However, this was probably the best place to start. The sketchy style, with bold colours, that focuses in on important action elements made the book stand out. Use of colour, and imagery was done in a masterful style. It is a pleasure to read, if for the art alone. Jeff Lemire does what he does best and develops a real character with more layers than my namesake. Incorporating a past and present on two separate Earths is a difficult job that would have easily ended up convoluted. Taking on a fan favourite character that little has been seen of is another tough job, but he handles an aged Wolverine the way we wanted, and never even realized.
This first collected TPB was everything I hoped it would be, and yes there is a void there now. I plan on continuing this series as soon as possible. An easy 4/5, and will probably be a perfect read when the story comes full circle. I highly recommend this book to everyone who loved Old Man Logan. This transition into mainstream continuity was handled flawlessly, hop on board now.
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