Old Man Logan originally ran for eight issues beginning in 2008. The original story was written by Mark Millar with Steve McNiven providing the artwork; it remains one of the best Wolverine stories that have been written in the last ten or more years. With Secret Wars revisiting old stories from across Marvel‘s past, it was somewhat inevitable that we would return to the world of Old Man Logan. The original story evoked a Spaghetti Western feel in a world fifty years from now where the villains had finally beat the heroes; it’s a critically acclaimed comic that is more a story about Logan than it is about Wolverine.
The Secret Wars tie in series Old Man Logan has some pretty large shoes to fill.
And while this volume of Old Man Logan does an admirable job of filling those shoes, it does fall a bit short of the original story. Brian Micheal Bendis can write a fantastic comic book, and while the series started out very strongly, it has continued to slowly dip in quality as it continues. Last issue we saw some very inventive page layout from Andrea Sorrentino, and Old Man Logan #3 is no exception. There are some very inventive pages in this comic, and while the story quality is slowly declining the artwork is not. Now for full disclosure, this is the only Secret Wars comic I am reading, and there is a very good chance that the reason I notice a decline in quality from the first issue is because the series is slowly beginning to reference the larger story.
To say the second volume of Old Man Logan doesn’t hold up to the first volume of Old Man Logan, isn’t entirely fair; the first volume was an outstanding stand alone series that evoked the feel of the Spaghetti Westerns as it told one of the best stories about the Canadian mutant in the last ten years. And while the first issue of this series echoed that very well, as volume two of Old Man Logan continues, by it’s very nature as a tie-in comic, it is losing some of the first story’s magic as it slowly merges with the larger Secret Wars tale. However that being said Brian Micheal Bendis does an admirable job of writing this comic from Old Man Logan‘s perspective, and since he’s largely ignorant of what is happening in the rest of Battleworld, as a reader who is in the same shoes, it’s nice to find out little snippets of the world as the main character does. This comic can be read independently of Secret Wars, but if you are reading the main series then you’ll probably enjoy this story a bit more.
Which brings us to an interesting conundrum.
This isn’t a bad comic, and perhaps were I reading Secret Wars, or not comparing this to the original Old Man Logan story, then I may have enjoyed it more. There were some good moments in this comic; the art team of Andrea Sorrentino and Marcelo Maiolo provide some solid, and at times great, work. But as somebody who loves the original Old Man Logan, is a huge Wolverine fan, and isn’t reading Secret Wars, Old Man Logan #3 didn’t meet my expectations. Now if you are keeping up with Secret Wars then this may have been exactly what you’re looking for.
Old Man Logan #3 is connected by name to a great Wolverine story, and it doesn’t quite measure up, but it is still a decent story that can be read outside of the main Secret Wars story.
Story: Brian Micheal Bendis Art: Andrea Sorrentino Colours: Marcelo Maiolo
Story: 6.5 Art: 8 Overall: 7.25 Recommendation: Read
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