In the Secret Wars version of Old Man Logan #1, we see premier X-Men and Ultimates writer Brian Michael Bendis take on the dystopian vision of Marvel's Earth-807128 and thrust it boldly into the new Secret Wars milieu.
Old Man Logan #1 Credits Page
The original Old Man Logan storyline, which began in the summer of 2008, ran through Wolverine #66-72 and ended in Wolverine Giant-Size Old Man Logan in September 2009. While that original storyline was set in an alternate universe from the "main" Marvel world of Earth -616, it is now mashed up with multiple other Marvel Earths in the new Secret Wars Battleworld planet. (If none of that made sense, pick up the recently released Secret Wars #2 for a quick tour of this new, amalgamated Earth). That having been said, if you like Wolverine, and especially if you like the original Old Man Logan story (and why would you NOT like it?), then this tale is for you!
Without going into spoilers, this version of Old Man Logan can be read and enjoyed by fans of the old Old Man Logan story, even if you are not following along with the new Secret Wars event. How is that so, you may ask? Simply put, the Secret Wars/Battleworld aspect of Secret Wars only comes into play toward the end of this comic book, and even that is somewhat clear, even without knowing the events in Secret Wars #2.
Old Man Logan #1 is set in the time after our hero (Logan, in case that is not clear by the title), who IS an old man here, is setting out to rid the world of the bad guys who took over after the villains banded together to kill off or scare off the world's superheroes. This is set some 50 years after the great superhero massacre (go back and re-read Wolvie #s 66-72 again), and after killing off the Hulk Family (messy, that was), Logan has taken the lone surviving Hulk child under his wing, and is going out to kill off the bad guys, because that he is the best at what he does, bub!
We see him run into (and run through) a few bad guys dressed up as old heroes, and we see Logan re-connect with an old friend. And we see a mystery appear out of the sky that connects both to the original Old Man Logan story, as well as with the new Secret Wars.
Bendis is a past master of mutant storytelling, and he is clearly having fun with this iteration of Logan. The art by Andrea Sorrentino and Marcelo Maiolo is excellent and perfectly tuned to this blood-soaked version of Logan seeking both justice and revenge, and the perfect personification of, as one character in this book thinks him to be: the Angel of Death. Given that he rides around on a horse in the West, wearing his trademark hat, the art makes him look at times like an old version of the Outlaw Josey Wales (Clint Eastwood) with claws instead of six-shooters.
Old Man Logan #1 Claws and Blood
Logan's actions in this book match the attitude he had taken on when he took on the Hulks. Other reviewers feel that Bendis's version of Old Man Logan is incorrect in comparison to the Mark Millar story line from 2008-2009, but this reviewer disagrees, and feels that this is an excellent sequel to the Old Man Logan story line, and Logan's violent sense of justice fits perfectly with the life-changing events that caused him to drop his neo-pacifist tendencies that we saw in the first act of the old Logan story.
Who should read this? Wolverine fans, especially fans of Mark Millar's Old Man Logan arc.
What if you have not read the new Secret Wars yet? Does not matter. Bub! (Though it IS worth reading!)
What do YOU think? Comment below!
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