Do you know what the best comic Marvel are producing right now is? If you said Spider-Man, that’s not the comic I’m thinking of (although I am glad you’re enjoying it). No, the comic that has risen above everything else that Marvel have been releasing since Secret Wars ended is the one I’m reviewing today: Old Man Logan.
Written by Jeff Lemire with art by Andrea Sorrentino and Marcello Maiolo providing the colours, Old Man Logan is at it’s very core a revenge story that has our old time displaced hero trying to save the world before it needs saving by killing the men responsible. That those men also happen to have hurt his family in that same future is an unfortunate coincidence for them.
Yes, he wants to save the world from the future he came from, but his underlying motive seems to be to seek revenge for what he went through from men who haven’t even done anything to him yet. This burning desire to dish out preemptive vengeance (I won’t say the word “justice”) is a fascinating story device. Is Old Man Logan even remotely close to being named a hero? Even the morally dubious Frank Castle hunts those who have already wronged innocents. Old Man Logan is hunting people for what they might do.
The whole basis for the character’s return to the present Marvel Universe is disguising a philosophical question that we have all asked ourselves at one point or another; if you could change the future by killing somebody before they might do something evil, would you? Should you?
Old Man Logan‘s moral ambiguity is contrasted spectacularly with Kate Bishop‘s bored optimism, and despite knowing almost nothing about the character, Lemire provides readers with just enough to get a sense of who she is, and where she stands. I’m not going to reveal too much of their team up, because it leads to some terrific moments between the two characters as their morals come to a head within Old Man Logan #3. It has been a long time since we’ve had Wolverine feel this dangerous in his solo comic, and the character’s willingness to embrace the deadly methods found more in the moral grey areas is a something that almost precludes Old Man Logan from being a traditional hero. There’s a reason he’s not wearing spandex.
Old Man Logan is an absolutely brilliant comic that, as a long time fan of Wolverine (indeed, the character is the reason I read comics) I am loving. Despite my initial fears of the quality of the series, especially after the just-above-average tie-in miniseries of the same name from last year, Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino and Marcello Maiolo have put out the best three issues of a Wolverine solo that’ve read in a long, long time.
And holy shit that final page? Issue #4 is going to be amazing.
Writer: Jeff Lemire Artist: Andrea Sorrentino Colour Artist: Marcello Maiolo
Story: 9.75 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy
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