Kit has taken over the weekly comic book review because Adam is in the unenviable position of attempting to finish off his PhD.
“But I was kidding myself, it always ends up the same… with blood and death and me alone like an animal” – Old Man Logan
So, this week Old Man Logan #1 from Marvel caught my eye, written by Jeff Lemire with art from Andrea Sorrentino, colours from Marcelo Maiolo and lettering by Cory Petit. It’s another rebooted comic to fit in with the All-New All-Different Marvel universe. I knew of the original, which I’ve not read but have read a synopsis for so I kinda knew what to expect. This is old, very grumpy and very short tempered Wolverine. Do not expect a happy-clappy comic book. But is that what we’d really want from Mr Howlett? Honestly, part of me would love to see that, but only for a panel or two, anymore and it’d get a bit too weird.
So, focusing on the review of the actual comic again. The first thing I noticed was the art work. It sets the tone of the comic immediately, it looks dirty (in a very good way) and the colour pallet is dark even when the sun is out. Sorrentino and Maiolo did an excellent job here to give us dark, gritty world to delve into.
And dark and gritty it is, right from the little summary of his backstory on the first page. In a few years the villains team up and they win. They slaughter nearly every hero and take over the world. Old Man Logan is one of the few survivors, he’s given up and he’s trying to live a simple family life. Until the Hulk Gang get pissed off and murder his family. He responds as you’d expect. He murders them right back. After the events of Secret Wars Logan finds himself waking up in a full, vibrant New York City. There’s some kind of fat Spider-Man there (the one bit in this comic I didn’t get, I assume it’s a cosplayer?) and society is functioning. There are big posters of Iron Man and Captain America, as you’ve guess he’s gone back in time. It’s the present day and the villains haven’t won yet.
We’re treated to a flashback to his life before, tormented by the Hulk Gang’s flunkies and his relationship with his son. This really helped us get to know the kind of man this Logan is, we get to see him at his worst: broken and passive. He’s been broken down to nearly nothing, and from there he’s rebuilt himself into the ultimate survivor.
It take Logan a while to work out what’s going on, but once he does he knows what he has to do, prevent the villains from teaming up. Of course he rallies the Avengers and takes them down! Or… not…. Naturally he picks up the war path and sets off on what is planned to be a nice little murder spree of revenge on the villains.
I enjoyed this more than I expected. It’s a lot darker than the other Marvel I’m reading which is a nice contrast. They did a great job in letting you get to know Logan, it’s also very clear he’s a very different man to the main timeline’s Wolverine. I can’t quite get over the random fat Spidey though. It would also be nice to have a few more supporting characters eventually. The art is excellent and gory (for a Marvel comic) and if you’re a fan of comic art that alone is reason to get this first issue.
Final Score – 8.5 Jars of Apple Jam out of 10!