(Victor Valley)—When the original Old Man Logan storyline was introduced a few years ago, it was an instant hit. An older, grizzled Wolverine who gave up the world of super heroics and became a passive, isolated shell of a man until everything was taken from him. Well, this alternate Logan is now in the present Marvel Universe, and the possibilities are endless.
From the team that brought the Green Arrow back to the spotlight, Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino are the creative forces that brings Old Man Logan into the current Marvel U loop. I was a bit worried that we would get a PG, less gritty version of Logan now that he’s made the jump to the land of Avengers, X-Men and Inhumans- but I was wrong. Lemire’s story is the perfect introduction for the former Wolverine, as we see him in Time Square, completely at a loss for words. But once his memory kicks in, which is a fitting recap for readers as well, he sees this as an opportunity to right the wrongs he witnessed in his timeline.
Sorrentino’s artwork is the gritty, dark style that fits Old Man Logan perfectly. He brings a noir feel to the book, which goes with both the present day story as well as the awesome flashbacks to the war torn world overrun by villains. The dark line work is exactly the way Logan and his dismal outlook on this world should be portrayed in the usual bright Marvel Universe.
By the iconic end to the book, Lemire and Sorrentino have created the next great chapter to the Old Man Logan saga. If what happened at the end of this book is any indication of what’s to come, this is going to be a violent, amazing ride.