I did a review of the last Old Man Logan series last summer and my biggest problem with it was that it turned into a “Logan vs. fill-in-the-blank”. I ended up giving it a middling review and said I’d look forward to seeing how Jeff Lemire took on the character.
Well here we go.
There have been some obvious changes, after all, this isn’t the middle of Secret Wars anymore, but can these changes improve what I thought was a pretty mediocre book? Let’s find out.One of those obvious changes comes when they get rid of Logan playing nursemaid to Hulk’s kids and striking out over the wall, to Logan being from an alternate universe, seeing his family die at the hands of the Hulks, and then, somehow, ending up elsewhere. Now he has to deal with a world that is not his own and come to grips with his new life.
Unfortunately, they fell immediately back into that same pattern that that I hated last time around. Every issue, Logan meets someone else in his quest to take revenge on the four people who killed his family. He succeeds with the first one right away, but never gets any closer to the last three throughout this arc. It’s a road book, much like they’ve done with Deadpool minis, but I don’t think it works here nearly as well. Sure, I get that he has to meet up with the heroes and villains of his new universe so that he can be, eventually, integrated into it, but it felt entirely artificial, like an old Abbott and Costello flick, to stumble into someone new every issue.
The art by Andrea Sorrentino is good, although not really my style. It’s the same art as the last series so at least there is some continuity. The writing by Lemire is also good, but as I said, it breaks down far too cleanly into issues with guest stars for my liking. In the last issue, we get Old Logan meeting Old Steve Rogers and we get a geriatric fight. Sure, that’s exciting.
Maybe I’m just not sold on this concept of old fart Wolverine. Having him die was fine, but then he never really went away. He just got memorialized for a year and then he came back as someone else because Marvel doesn’t want to lose their cash cow. Yes, they didn’t resurrect him from his adamantium tomb but he’s still there and we all knew he would be and therefore, his death really meant nothing at all. I get bitter about things like that. When death is meaningless, what’s the point of caring about the characters at all? This isn’t a bad story, I find it a bit better than the last one I reviewed, but it really doesn’t strike me as being particularly noteworthy either. I’ll go along for the ride for at least a couple of issues, just to see if it improves or if this will continue to be Grandpa Wolvie’s Marvel Team-Up, at which point it will get dropped. Sorry Marvel, that’s just the way it is.