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Review: Old Man Logan #2

Old Man Logan #2For 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

Review: Old Man Logan #1

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Wolverine was one of the most tragic of Marvel‘s characters for a long time; the enigmatic loner who endured a horrific medical experiment and had his memory wiped in the process. He lost his name, his past and his very identity. Struggling with his inner demons, Wolverine was a character that many could identify with for multiple reasons; he is the reason I love comics today, and my perception of who he is and what he stands for have probably influenced the person I am today more than I realize.

I tell you this to try to give you some background on just where I’m coming from when reading this comic. 

We’ll get back to that later, though.

Old Man Logan #1, finds the man who no longer calls himself Wolverine, the man who found his family murdered fifty years from now in a world where the villains won, transported back to our time after the conclusion of Secret Wars. The five issue tie-in comic to the event, (to avoid confusion I’ll refer to it as  SW Old Man Logan) was received with mixed reviews. Although were some duff issues there was certainly enough there for me to not regret buying the miniseries, but SW Old Man Logan was far more dependent on you being aware of the happenings in the overall Secret Wars story arc. In  the end I enjoyed  SW Old Man Logan, but I know that there were others who didn’t, and I completely understand why. 

After reading the first issue of 2016’s Old Man Logan ongoing series, twice, I’m already feeling that this has the potential to be better than the Secret Wars tie in. Much better.

With Old Man Logan returning to the current Marvel Universe from a future where the villains rose up to slaughter the heroes, and tricked Wolverine into doing some pretty awful things in the process, he realizes that he has a chance to prevent the future he came from. In a nutshell, that’s the gist of what this series will be about, as near as I can tell, and with Jeff Lemire exploring one of the oldest “what if” questions with this series, that of “if you had the chance to stop something before it ever happened, would you? Should you?” has already marked Old Man Logan as one of my more anticipated titles each week.

Of course, it doesn’t hurt the fact that Andrea Sorrentino‘s art is so perfectly suited to Lemire‘s writing; the atmospherically stunning vistas, the incredibly detailed and varied facial expressions just add another layer of brilliance to this comic. Between the line work of Sorrentino and Marcello Maiolo‘s incredible colouring you really get a sense of just how worn down and battered this older version of Logan really is in the early pages; the emotion that’s conveyed here in the art alone elevates the already strong writing. This is a comic that, honestly, I wasn’t expecting to enjoy as much as the first issue of All-New Wolverine (while I felt the following issues in that series weren’t as strong as the first, that first issue was one of the best Wolverine comics in a long time), yet I’m pretty sure I enjoyed it more than Laura Kinney‘s solo issue.

I am a complete and utter Wolverine fan, I know that. I’m not ashamed to admit it. So even despite my high expectations, this first issue delivered for me. Whether the series will continue to do so, I have no  idea, but Old Man Logan is off to a bloody strong start and I  have high hopes for the next issue.

Story: Jeff Lemire Art: Andrea Sorrentino Colour: Marcello Maiolo
Story: 8.5 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Older. Wiser. Sharper. Your New Look at Old Man Logan #1!

This January, sharpen  your claws and prepare for the coming of a new kind of Wolverine. Straight out of the pages of Secret Wars comes an older, wiser and much more deadly Logan. And his adventure in the restored Marvel Universe begins as critically acclaimed creators Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino bring you Old Man Logan #1 – a brand new ongoing series!

Decades from now, a day will come when the villains of the Marvel Universe will band together and rid the world of its heroes. Only Logan now remains, having committed an untold number of atrocities of his own.  But when he winds up in the Marvel Universe of today, he’ll finally get his chance to make his future right. By ANY MEANS NECESSARY. Can one man change history? Is the world ready for the return of Logan? Find out as he cuts a bloody swath through the Marvel Universe!

OLD MAN LOGAN #1 (NOV150733)
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art & Cover by ANDREA SORRENTINO
Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (NOV150734)
Hip-Hop Variant by TIM BRADSTREET (NOV150735)
Deadpool Variant by MIKE MCKONE (NOV150737)
Variant Cover by MIKE DEODATO (NOV150736)
FOC – 12/21/15, On-Sale – 01/27/16

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Review: Old Man Logan #4

oml4The original Old Man Logan by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven remains one of the best Wolverine stories that have been written in the last decade, and with Marvel revisiting old stories from their past with Secret Wars (with mixed results), it was somewhat inevitable that we would return to visit the world of Old Man Logan.

Whether fairly or not, this series will invite comparison to the original, and as such it has some pretty large shoes to fill.  Although this volume of Old Man Logan has, on the whole, done a decent job of filling those shoes, up until I read this issue I felt that this volume had been gradually falling a little short of the original story.

With Old Man Logan #4, the penny finally dropped for me. The comparatively weak third issue has given way to arguably one of the best comics featuring Wolverine I’ve read in a long, long time, and in doing so it’s shone a new light on where Brian Micheal Bendis is going with this tale; giving me a new appreciation for the third issue in the process. What I’ve come to realize about Old Man Logan Vol. 2 is that much like the original was a story about Logan more than Wolverine, the sequel is about more than a man finding his place in a broken world. In many ways this is a story about hope in the worst of times.

We’ve seen some very inventive page layouts from Andrea Sorrentino during this series, and Old Man Logan #4 is no exception. The layouts in this page showcase the stunning artwork to great effect; the way in which the harshness of the art style itself reflects Old Man Logan‘s surroundings, and what he’s going through in this issue is fantastic and perfectly lends itself to the more horror themed elements of this issue. While there may have been some concerns (now alleviated) from me regarding the quality of the story, what I’ve never questioned is the consistency of the artwork, and with Old Man Logan #4 artist Andrea Sorrentino, with Marcelo Maiolo returning to provide the colours, gives us something truly special.

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 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. The second volume, while it didn’t impress me as much during the first three issues, is a sequel that is beginning to shine in it’s own right. Yes, as a tie-in title by it’s very nature it will be bound to Secret Wars in some form that may require an ounce of understanding of the larger arc from readers eventually. That being said, this is a story focusing on Old Man Logan‘s perspective, and since he’s trying to find out just what on earth is going on in the rest of Battleworld, as a reader who is in pretty much the same situation, it’s been enjoyable to follow along with Old Man Logan‘s sense of discovery.

As it stand thus far, you can read Old Man Logan independently of Secret Wars, but whether that will change or not is still up in the air. What this issue had done, for me, however is reinvigorate my interest in the story being told; I went from being largely indifferent about the last issue to devouring every page of this comic. Twice.

Which brings us to our conclusion.

This is a fantastic horror tinged issue featuring everybody’s favourite zombified Marvel characters, and regardless of whether you’re reading Secret Wars or not, Old Man Logan #4 is an absolute blast to read, which is more than I said for the prior issue. Should you read that before picking this one up?  Maybe. Maybe not. If you’re a fan of Wolverine, then this issue is worth a read regardless of whether you’ve been following the series it has spun out of, or even this miniseries. Contrary to what I said about the previous issue, the second volume of Old Man Logan has become one of the highlights of the summer for me, and I can’t wait to see where the old man ends up next.

Story: Brian Micheal Bendis Art: Andrea Sorrentino Colours: Marcelo Maiolo
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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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