“Old Man Logan”
Writer: Mark Millar
Artist: Steve McNiven
Review by Shady
The story starts off with a beaten Wolverine walking off as our narrator informs of â€œThe Night the Heroes Fellâ€, disappearing and evil taking over. Wolverine was apparently hurt more than just a physically state to the point that he does not raise a hand, voice or uses his claws.
We go forward 50 years into a barren future where The Hulk Gang (Bruce Bannerâ€™s grand children) rule the west coast and where Logan resides with his wife, Maureen and their two children, Scott and Jade. A disheartened Logan struggles to make ends meet with rent, unable to sell his livestock, refusing to sell his childrenâ€™s toys and all the while trying to escape rumors about his former life.
Two days have passed and with no money to pay rent Scott prepares his shotgun incase of trouble to which Logan tells him to put it away and to stop swearing. The Hulk Gang (A female with an infant and her 2 brothers) arrives in the Fantastic-car knowing Logan doesnâ€™t have the rent. With the male siblings taunting, Logan imagines extending his claws and ripping through the bigger Hulk only snapping back to reality and taking his beating as punishment. Scott raises his shotgun to stop the violence to which the Hulk gang back off warning them next time everybody dies.
That night, a blind Hawkeye comes to visit Logan. Clint also offers him a job to get out of his financial debt, which is delivering a package to the east coast within two weeks for $500, to which Logan agrees. They both head out the next morning on the Spider-mobile.
Side Note: There is a splash page with a map of the United States and areas of the country being renamed: Hulkland, The Kingdom of Kingpin, Dooms Lair and The Presidents Quarters being the dominant ones.
Although the pacing was a bit slow and there were things that seemed to contradict in terms of how they vaguely explained what happened during â€œthe night the heroes fellâ€ I enjoyed Millar’s characterization of all the character, especially Wolverine. I understand that itâ€™ll pick up in the next coming issue and that hopefully that this future world will be more fleshed out as we get more into the story.
McNivenâ€™s art really flourishes with the amount of detail he puts into the scenery and must say that itâ€™s improved since Civil War. This would be the main hook for me to come back for the next issue.
Posted originally: 2008-06-20 12:55:33