For Old Man Logan, home is a wasteland in the distant future, one overridden by hillbilly Hulks who extort and torture civilians for fun. But now, mysteriously finding himself in the present, Logan is hellbent on preventing that future from coming to pass. And the best way to keep the Hulk population from surging in the future is to eliminate them altogether in the present…starting with Amadeus Cho, the Totally Awesome Hulk!
I was excited and apprehensive when I heard that Old Man Logan was coming to the modern day 616 Marvel Universe. We have already seen time displaced X characters with mixed results. But, Jeff Lemire is writing the series, and lets face it, Lemire is one of the best writers out there. Combine that with the art of Andrea Sorrentino and this was a series I was looking forward to checking out, though cautious. Then I read Old Man Logan #1 and that caution quickly went away, because holy crap was it good.
Old Man Logan #2 continues the excellence of the first issue moving away from superheroics and instead giving us a revenge tale with a Western aesthetic. It’s unique in that way and stands above the rest because of that. Lemire is a master in this type of story, and the series shares a similar feel to some of his other current work. But, most importantly, the comic captures the look and vibe of the 2008 original story by Mark Millar and artist Steve McNiven it’s based on.
Part of that vibe comes from Sorrentino whose art is beautiful and haunting at the same time. The style fits the Western genre, with a dark and gritty vibe that screams revenge story. It’s awesome to look at, and there’s some really cool choices in how the action is laid out. The art is vital, because just like any good Western film, the image plays a major role in presenting the story when words aren’t used.
Old Man Logan for me is one of the best, if not the best, comic that Marvel is putting out right now. It’s exceeded my expectations in every way, and a comic I’m looking forward to with each release. More of this quality please!
Story: Jeff Lemire Art: Andrea Sorrentino
Story: 8.7 Art: 8.8 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy