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Review: Old Man Logan #3

oml1Old 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 is 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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Wolverine Lives! A New Look at the Warzones! of Old Man Logan #1!

Your eyes do not deceive you! Secret Wars has made the impossible possible and the battle-weary hero returns to the fray in Old Man Logan #1! From writer Brian Michael Bendis and rising star artist Andrea Sorrentino comes a brand-new Secret Wars series returning fans to one of the most revered and iconic X-Men stories of all time! Welcome back to the Wastelands, a land dominated by victorious super villains. The heroes of this land have all perished – butchered by their arch-enemies. Tyrants, terrors and madmen rule over this dusty waste. Hope left this land long ago. But there is one man who may yet make a difference. A man with nothing to lose!

Now, amidst the fire and the fury, a reluctant warrior pops his claws once more! And the war for Battleworld is brewing in his own backyard. As the event of Secret Wars unfold, will he find his life’s mission to rid the world of evil more attainable – or more futile than ever before? Find as a hero is reforged in the crucible of Battleworld. The journey begins with a resounding SNIKT the X-Man formerly known as Wolverine crashes into Secret Wars!

OLD MAN LOGAN #1 (MAR150656)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art & Cover by ANDREA SORRENTINO
Variant Covers by STEVE MCNIVEN (MAR150657),
ANDREA SORRENTINO (MAR150658) & SKOTTIE YOUNG (MAR150659)
Blank Variant Also Available (MAR150660)
FOC – 05/04/15, On-Sale 05/27/15

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Andrea Sorrentino Goes Exclusive with Marvel

Old_Man_Logan_1_CoverMarvel Entertainment has announced the exclusive agreement with incoming Old Man Logan artist, Andrea Sorrentino.

Following critically acclaimed runs at DC Comics, Sorrentino made a splash in late 2014 with his Marvel debut, providing art for the Uncanny X-Men Annual and All-New X-Men Annual. This May, he will launch his first series for Marvel, re-teaming with writer Brian Michael Bendis for the debut of Old Man Logan #1.

Though he may not have been at Marvel for long, Sorrentino’s bold style and incomparable storytelling skills have proven to be a valuable asset to the Marvel Universe. Quickly establishing himself as one of the industry’s brightest rising stars, Sorrentino’s artwork can also be seen this week in the pages of All-New X-Men #38 – the latest chapter of the Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex Crossover.

Congrats Andrea and Marvel.

Wolverine LIVES! In the Warzones! of Old Man Logan #1!

Your eyes do not deceive you! Secret Wars has made the impossible possible and the battle-weary hero returns to the fight once more in Old Man Logan #1! From Brian Michael Bendis and artist Andrea Sorrentino comes a brand-new series returning fans to the world of one of the most revered and iconic X-Men stories of all time!

Welcome back to the Wastelands, a land dominated by victorious super villains. The greatest heroes the world has ever known – butchered and murdered by their arch-enemies. Tyrants, terrors and madmen now rule over the dusty wastes with an iron fist. Hope left this land a long time ago. But there is one man who may yet make a difference. A man with nothing else to lose…

Now, amidst the fury and chaos of Battleworld, a reluctant warrior pops his claws again and returns to combat. And the war for Battleworld begins in his own backyard. As the events of Secret Wars unfold, will he find his life’s mission to rid the world of evil more attainable – or more impossible than ever before?

The drums of war beat in the Wasteland. And a hero is reforged in the fiery crucible of Battleworld. The journey begins with a resounding SNIKT this May as the X-Man formerly known as Wolverine crashes in to Secret Wars!

OLD MAN LOGAN #1
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art & Cover by ANDREA SORRENTINO
Variant Cover by STEVE MCNIVEN
On Sale in May!

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Preview: Submit to the Vortex – a Look at Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex Alpha #1!

Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. What would you give up in your quest for power? What if it cost you your very soul? This February, those questions and more will be answered in Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex Alpha #1, the first chapter in an epic, out of this world crossover through Guardians of the Galaxy, All-New X-Men, Legendary Star-Lord, Cyclops, Captain Marvel, Nova and Guardians Team-Up! From superstar creators Sam Humphries, Ed McGuinness and Kris Anka comes the opening salvo in an epic cosmic war!

The Black Vortex – an ancient and powerful artifact has been uncovered in the far reaches of the cosmos. With the power to grant its user untold, it is coveted by some of the most nefarious forces in the galaxy. Thane and the villainous Mr. Knife plan to use its power to unleash terror upon the galaxy, and only a small band of heroes stand in their way.

In an interview with Marvel.com Humphries said:

What happens when one person submits to the Black Vortex and becomes a titan of the cosmos? What happens when a whole team does it? Or a whole planet? Imagine the metamorphosis that turned Norin Radd into the Silver Surfer, or Jean Grey into Dark Phoenix, available to anyone in the Marvel Universe.

But of course, no amount of power comes without a cost.

Now, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the X-Men, Nova, Captain Marvel and more must unite as one or face extinction. Because if they fail, billions will die. But even they may be seduced by the power of the Black Vortex. Are they going to save the universe? Or will they be its undoing? Find out as the

Billions of lives are at stake, the heroes of the Marvel Universe will have to face the darkness inside themselves if they hope to succeed. But will they be the ones to save the galaxy, or will they be seduced by the Black Vortex’s power?

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY & X-MEN: THE BLACK VORTEX ALPHA #1 (DEC140820)
Written by SAM HUMPHRIES
Art by ED MCGUINNESS & KRIS ANKA
Cover by ED MCGUINNESS
Cosmically Enhanced Variant by ANDREA SORRENTINO (DEC140822)
Connecting Variant A by ALEXANDER LOZANO (DEC140821)
FOC – 01/12/15, On-Sale – 02/04/15

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Preview: The Hunt For the Black Vortex Continues in Guardians of the Galaxy #24!

This February, the hunt is on a the Guardians of the Galaxy and the X-Men square off against hordes of cosmic foes in Guardians of the Galaxy #24 – chapter 2 of the highly anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex crossover! Writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Valerio Schiti bring you the next out-of-this-world chapter in the highly anticipated crossover event! The Guardians have successfully recovered the Black Vortex – the ancient and powerful artifact able to imbue its users with untold cosmic power. But with Mr. Knife, Thane and Knife’s Slaughter Squad hot on their tail, their only option for gaining the upper hand may be to use the Black Vortex itself! But no power comes without a price – and the cost of the using the Black Vortex is steep. Will the temptation of its power be too much for the Guardians and the X-Men to handle? Find out as the Black Vortex crossover continues in Guardians of the Galaxy #24!

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #24 (DEC140823)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art & Cover by VALERIO SCHITI
Cosmically Enhanced Variant by ANDREA SORRENTINO (DEC140824)
Variant Cover by PHIL NOTO (DEC140825)
FOC – 01/19/15, On-Sale – 02/11/15

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Heroes & Villains Receive a Major Upgrade in Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex!

Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. What would you give up in your quest for power? What if it cost you your very soul? This February, those questions and more will be answered in the pages Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex, the epic crossover taking place in the pages of Guardians of the Galaxy, All-New X-Men, Legendary Star-Lord, Cyclops, Captain Marvel, Nova and Guardians Team-Up!

But before this epic even blasts off in 2015, Marvel is pleased to present your very first look at a selection of Cosmically Enhanced Variant Covers, all by blockbuster artist Andrea Sorrentino! With the power to unlock the user’s true cosmic potential, The Black Vortex, an ancient artifact of limitless power has been unleashed upon the universe. Now, get your first look at some of the Guardians and the X-Men in their new, supercharged forms!

In an interview with Marvel.com, Sam Humphries said:

What happens when one person submits to the Black Vortex and becomes a titan of the cosmos? What happens when a whole team does it? Or a whole planet?” says Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex Alpha #1 writer Sam Humphries in an interview with Marvel.com. “Imagine the metamorphosis that turned Norin Radd into the Silver Surfer, or Jean Grey into Dark Phoenix, available to anyone in the Marvel Universe.

But of course, no amount of power comes without a cost.

Billions of lives are at stake, the heroes of the Marvel Universe will have to face the darkness inside themselves if they hope to succeed. But will they be the ones to save the galaxy, or will they be seduced by the Black Vortex’s power?

Don’t miss these epic variants as they grace the covers of each chapter of the epic crossover and don’t miss one moment of the action as it all begins this February in Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex Alpha #1!

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY & X-MEN: THE BLACK VORTEX ALPHA #1 (DEC140820)
Written by SAM HUMPHRIES
Art & Cover by ED MCGUINNESS
Cosmically Enhanced Variant by ANDREA SORRENTINO (DEC140822)
FOC – 01/12/15, On-Sale – 02/04/15

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Preview: The Secret Time Traveling Tale of Eva Bell Revealed in Uncanny X-Men Annual #1!

This December, spinning directly out of the pages of the New York Times Bestselling Uncanny X-Men, superstar writer Brian Michael Bendis teams with critically-acclaimed artist Andrea Sorrentino to finally answer one of the burning questions on fan’s minds – what happened to Eva Bell?! Revealed this past weekend at San Diego Comic-Con, the answers you’ve been waiting for are in the oversized Uncanny X-Men Annual #1 – and the accidental adventures of the young, time-travelling X-Man will shock you!

In an interview with Marvel.com, Bendis said:

It is the utmost grandest X-Men tradition to have your mutant power be the coolest thing about you and the scariest thing. It was only a matter of time before [Eva] was thrust into a situation that revealed the scary side of time related powers.

Unable to fully control her powers, Eva Bell, Codename: Tempus had disappeared in the blink of an eye during an X-Men training mission. Though she re-appeared moments later, she had aged many years. Trapped in her own time bubble, Tempus embarked on a journey into the far future of the Marvel Universe. A journey that would change the young X-Man forever! This oversized annual also marks the first ever Marvel project for critically acclaimed artist Andrea Sorrentino (Green Arrow).

How long was Eva trapped inside her temporal sphere? What horrors did she witness in an uncertain and dangerous future? And more importantly – why would she keep it a secret from her teammates? All will be revealed when Eva Bell takes center stage in Bendis and Sorrentino’s Uncanny X-Men Annual #1 – and she’ll never be the same again!

UNCANNY X-MEN ANNUAL #1
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art & Cover by ANDREA SORRENTINO
Coming in December!

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Review – Green Arrow #17

Green Arrow #17 CoverStarting with Green Arrow #17, the emerald archer heads into a whole new direction with a new creative team. Writer Jeff Lemire and artist Andrea Sorrentino take over creative duties for the series. The new issue features a new character called Komodo and decides to dismantle Green Arrow/Oliver Queen’s life. It’s systematic and quick in how it goes down leaving our hero at square one and starting from scratch.

And it’s appropriate that in this issue the character is completely dismantled and taken to the basics. Oliver Queen is no longer a DC version of Marvel’s Tony Stark, instead the character finds himself at the street level with nothing, and no one to help him. It all has to do with some mystery hinted at and something to do with Queen’s father.

It’s a character coming to terms with the loss of his fortune, his company and his past.

And that’s a perfect spot for new readers to give the series a shot. Lemire has proven he’s an amazing writer having penned many of last year’s praised comics, Sweet Tooth and The Underwater Welder to name two. The writing is as solid as I’d expect. Lemire has stripped the emerald archer from his toys, remarking on them in the comic. We’re getting a back to basics character and it should be interesting to see where this goes.

Sorrentino’s art is solid work. The artist had been knocking it out of the park in I, Vampire and the art isn’t quite as sharp at some points, overall it’s great art with some cool visual angles and use of panels.

Mysteries abound in an all new direction. There’s not many answers, but while this usually frustrates me, here it works as there’s so much action thrown at you, it feels like a thriller with the hero on the lamb. The changes or quick and swift, ripping the band aid off. I was a lapsed reader of Green Arrow but the new team has got me interested in seeing what the next issue holds.

Story: Jeff Lemire Art: Andrea Sorrentino

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Jeff Lemire takes on Green Arrow and a Preview!

Back in October we got a taste as to what it’d be like if writer Jeff Lemire took on Oliver Queen/Green Arrow in a back-up story in Justice League #13 which he co-wrote with Geoff Johns. Starting next month, Lemire’s new writing duties on Green Arrow kick off with issue #17, further expanding his gritty and noir take on the Justice League of America member.

Green Arrow will face off against Komodo, a new villain. Komodo is another arched, whose skill is better than Oliver’s, his better in every way physically. Though we’re not told why he wants to destroy Oliver Queen/Green Arrow, Lemire has teased it has something to do with Oliver’s father.

You can check out some unfinished art by the new series artist Andrea Sorrentino who has worked on I, Vampire.

Green Arrow #17 shoots into stores on February 6.

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