Alright, I haven't kept up with the thread much this week, so here is my review, sans knowledge of what most everyone else has said.
Giant Size Wolverine: Old Man Logan #1
When this story first hit stands way back in 2008, I was surprised at how much I liked it. This was a somewhat different take on Wolverine, and on the Marvel universe in general, and I was eager to see where Mark Millar would take the story. Now, here we are one year later, and it's time to assess where we've been.
The high point of this entire series has been the art. Steve McNiven has been really solid on this entire series. It's rare to see an artist who can turn in killer action scenes and nail facial expressions.
The story is a mixed bag. On the one hand, the plot itself isn't anything new, although it is interesting to see it applied specifically to Wolverine. It would have been more original to have the story end with Wolverine maintaining his pacifist lifestyle, but I don't think anyone, myself included, would have been pleased with that result. We came to see Wolverine lose it and cut some people in half, and Millar definitely delivers here. The story's end is predictable, but satisfying given what the audience had come to expect.
While I ultimately enjoyed this story, it did have a few problems. The part of the earlier issues I most enjoyed were the reflections on what happened to the rest of the Marvel universe, which is entirely absent from this issue. I understand the need for that from a story perspective, but it was still something I missed.
The other, bigger problem is the size of the issue, and the cost. When I picked this up, I was expecting something epic length and extraordinary, and I was disappointed to find that only half the issue was story, and the other half was cover reprints. Really Marvel? This is what you call a Giant Size issue? Half a story and reprints of covers we already have? They could have at least included a reprint of some kind (first meeting of Hulk and Wolverine for instance) or some further info regarding the world where the story takes place. Instead, we get three dollars of story in a five dollar issue. While this doesn't directly flow from the story itself, it did reduce my enjoyment of this final issue, and so it will affect the score.
Overall, I was more or less satisfied with the conclusion to this story. It wasn't groundbreaking, but it was entertaining, and the art was excellent.
Overall: 7 (minus one point for price)