Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Old Man Logan

What happens when you cross Wolverine with Mad Max? You get Old Man Logan. It's been over 50 years and the man once known as Wolverine has now settled into family life. Desperate to make ends meet for his family, Logan accepts an offer from his old ally Hawkeye, to guide the now blind archer across a now villain ruled nation. Through their journey, we discover that the United States has been divided amongst a handful of villains. In this dystopian society, superheroes have not been seen for 50 years. Logan himself hasn't so much as lifted a finger towards violence, much less popped his claws. Through this story arc, we find out what could be so horrible as to make one of the world's most dangerous mutants vow to never fight again. 

Old Man Logan is an eight issue story arc written by Mark Millar and pencilled by Steve McNiven lasting from Wolverine #66-73. As to March, the last two issues have yet to be released. Millar is a master of his craft as he gives this new reality a dark and grimy feel. Though the world is initially a mystery, the reader is quickly able to pick up hints and clues as to what has been going on in the Marvel Universe in the last five decades. I won't ruin it for you, but what happened to Wolverine that night 50 years ago is pretty shocking. I have been a big fan of Steve McNiven every since he did his run on Civil War and Amazing Spiderman. His art is so clean and beautiful that one can't help but feel he's the only man worthy to tackle this story arc. From the desperation in Logan's eyes as he tries to support his family, to the vast wastelands of the post-apocalyptic Marvel world, McNiven really delivers the quality. Every Wolverine fan should check out Old Man Logan

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