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The grizzled, future version of Wolverine is back for Old Man Logan #2, but does it meet the high bar set by the first issue.  Only one way to know for sure…

Issue #2 starts shortly after the first issue ended, with Logan trying to find the origin of an object that landed in his section of Battleworld.  He believes the object came from the other side of the wall that marks the boundary of the Wasteland, where he calls home.  Here, we find him climbing to the top of the wall to get a look at the other side, but when he reaches the top, he’s met by a member of the Thor Corps.  If you remember, god king Doom doesn’t take very kindly to the citizens of Battleworld crossing borders, so this particular Thor blasts Logan from the top of the wall into another territory, where he heals and then runs into some very familiar faces.

Brian Michael Bendis continues to deliver a solid writing effort here.  The story seems to move a little awkwardly in the beginning.  Some of the dialogue is slightly repetitive early in the issue, but once the story gets going it gets better.  The narrative itself is pretty interesting, as we’re starting to see that Logan is getting the impression that something about Battleworld isn’t quite right.  He’s actually the first character (at least in the few series that I’ve been reading) that seems to stumble upon this idea that everything might not be as it seems, which is kind of refreshing, considering that every other character outside of the main event series seems to be completely oblivious.  The other intriguing facet of this story is the territory that Logan falls into.  It makes me really curious as to where the story will go from here.

Andrea Sorrentino’s art is once again brilliant.  His panels give the book an almost dream-like quality, which for this particular issue is very fitting, considering for the latter half of the issue Logan has a difficult time determining what is his current reality, and what memories he might be experiencing within the confines of his own mind.  Portions of the artwork almost resemble a watercolor painting as well, which is a nice touch, as it gives the story somewhat of a legendary feel, as though you’re reading pictures off of an ancient scroll.  I wasn’t familiar with much of his work before, but I think I’m starting to become a fan.

This book continues to be one of the more interesting of the tie-in series for Secret Wars.  Both issues so far have had stories in which the characters have had clear motives that were easy to follow, while still providing a few surprises.  That backed up by solid and unique artwork has me sticking with this one.  It’s not quite as good as the first issue, but I still want to know where the story is going.

The Verdict for Old Man Logan #2:
4/5 – I can dig it.

Until next time,
Stay nerdy, my friends.

Upcoming reviews:
Thors #1 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
The Fiction #1
East of West, Volume 4: Who Wants War TPB
March of the Crabs, Volume 1: The Crabby Condition

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Comments
  1. OxenTrot says:

    I completely agree with this review. The story was not as gripping as the first issue but the artwork was AMAZING! I read a hard copy and really want to read the digital copy on guided view. I’m betting it will be like watching a TV show. Not only were the images stunning but the panel work was intriguing. Best of all, I’m left with that “what next?” feeling again. Issue 3 can’t come soon enough.

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  2. kdwalls0 says:

    Yeah… after the first issue, this one was a little bit of a let down, but I still can’t wait for the next one.

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