Posts Tagged ‘Old Man Logan’

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And one more of the Secret Wars tie-ins comes to a close with Old Man Logan #5.  In this issue Logan finds himself in an alternate version of New York City, meeting people that couldn’t possibly exist in his world.  Some of whom want to use his battle experience to lead an uprising to try and take down a god.  I think I can honestly say that of all the tie-in series, this one probably disappointed me the most.  I was really looking forward to a great follow-up to one of the best Wolverine stories in recent years, but was given nothing more than a set-up for the Old Man Logan ongoing series which starts in January.  The issue ends in a relatively confusing fashion, and we’re going to have to wait about three months to figure out what exactly happened.  I definitely would have preferred a single, self-contained story, rather than a prologue to a future series.  Andrea Sorrentino’s artwork has been the consistent bright spot throughout this series and that continues here in the final issue.

The Verdict for Old Man Logan #5:
3 out of 5

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I find myself playing catch-up again, which means shorter reviews for a little while.  This time we’re back with Bendis and Sorrentino’s Old Man Logan #4.  In this issue, we find our titular character stuck in the middle of the Deadlands of Battleworld, banished for crossing too many territorial borders and causing a significant amount of trouble.  We get slightly more substance in this issue than we have in the last couple entries in this series, but ultimately, there’s still just not that much here.  There’s a lot of action in issue #4, but it doesn’t really accomplish anything, or really move the story any further.  With only the final issue left, I’m sitting here wondering where exactly is this story leading to?  Andrea Sorrentino’s art is easily the best part of this series.  Again, he delivers a great issue here.

The Verdict for Old Man Logan #4:
3/5 – Meh…

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Upcoming reviews:
Civil War #3 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
X-Men ’92 #3 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
The Wicked + The Divine, Volume 1: The Faust Act

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Ok, this is it.  I’ll finally be caught up to last week.  Here we go.

In issue #3 of Bendis and Sorrentino’s Old Man Logan, the older, more grizzled Wolverine finds himself in the Domain of Apocalypse, where he was so unceremoniously dumped in the last issue.  As has been shown many times throughout the Secret Wars event, border jumping is not taken lightly, and there are severe consequences for this trespassing.  The story in this series seems to be wandering a little bit.  By the end of this issue, Logan sees his fourth territory on Battleworld, but as of yet, he hasn’t had any real meaningful experiences in any of them except his own.  I would have loved to see him stay where he started and explore that world more, but it looks like that’s not going to happen, and that’s kind of disappointing.  Sorrentino’s beautiful artwork continues to be the high point of this series.

The Verdict for Old Man Logan #3:
3/5 – Meh…

Until next time,
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Upcoming reviews:
March of the Crabs, Volume 1: The Crabby Condition
Squarriors #3
Thors #2 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
X-Men ’92 #2 (Secret Wars Tie-In)

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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,
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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