All-New Wolverine or Old Man Logan?

In the past two or three months, we’ve had a two new solo comic book series launched featuring a clawed mutant; All-New Wolverine and Old Man Logan. Comparisons will inevitably be drawn between the two eventually, but as it stands, with only three issues of the latter released, despite my feelings on the rest of the All-New Wolverine‘s issues, I feel it’s a bit too early to compare anything but the first issues of each series.

And you know what? Both are fantastic in their own way.

All New Wolverine cover 2All-New Wolverine #1 is a great start to a comic book series; opening with a pretty clear statement that Laura Kinney is now Wolverine, is a brilliant way to introduce new readers to an entirely new kind of Wolverine. She’s all new, and this is a pretty explosive jumping on point for readers. I really enjoyed the first issue; it was a fantastic comic that had the right amount of punch, and it left readers with plenty of promise for the rest of the series.

For my money, it was the best comic featuring Wolverine released in some time. The best comic, that is, right up until Old Man Logan #1 hit the racks in January this year.


Old Man Logan #1
 was everything I had been missing about Wolverine since long before he died. Before he lost his powers, too. Here we had a return to the tragic, savage, noble warrior that had drawn me into comics some fifteen years ago. The issue felt like a home coming to me in a way that I never expected it too. It was, without question, the best single issue Wolverine comic I had read in years, indeed I don’t remember the last comic that had the old canucklehead in it that I enjoyed as much as this one.

Old_Man_Logan_1_CoverNo matter how each series progresses, whether it continues to wow me as the first issue did, the first issue of both series will always have a place within my collection.

Whether Old Man Logan stays as my favourite comic book as the series progresses, or it gradually looses me like All-New Wolverine did, the opening chapters of each series are fantastic. And you know what? Laura Kinney‘s comic is doing fantastically well in the sales charts, and my own feelings aside, it has been reviewed very well – the series just wasn’t for me, and I’m okay with that. Old Man Logan may not be for you, either, but there’s every chance you’ll enjoy All-New Wolverine.

This is a very exciting time for Wolverine  comics, after the year or so that we had none after James Howlett‘s death (technically he’s still dead, too). We’ve had more than a year away from the character, with Marvel only starting the solo comics again post Secret Wars. An entire year to get past our Wolverine Burn Out and become excited to read the character’s stories again, whether it’s Old Man LoganLaura Kinney, or both.

If you were expecting me to tear one of the two first issues apart, well, obviously I haven’t done that. The truth is is that they’re both great first issues, and while Old Man Logan #1 may be the best Wolverine comic for me out of the two, that doesn’t mean that All-New Wolverine #1 isn’t any good. It is. It’s very good.

I just didn’t think it was as good as Old Man Logan #1.

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  • So far All-New Wolverine has improved with each issue too.

    For me, I prefer All-New Wolverine, not just because she’s actually my favourite X-Men character, but because Old Man Logan’s first story arc is by it’s very nature, predictable. That doesn’t make it bad, and issue 3 gives him some great interactions with Kate Bishop, but All-New Wolverine feels like a legitimate thriller with Wolverine-like elements, and the sisters (clones) represent different sides of the girl Laura used to be, showing how much she’s grown since her early days.

  • The problem with Old Man Logan’s first arc is that it feels very hamstrung by the fact we already know where the arc is going to end up. We KNOW he’s not going to kill anyone on his list. We KNOW he’s going to end up retired in a trailer in Canada for Storm and Jean to find. There’s very little tension.

    Now, that doesn’t mean it can’t still tell an engaging story, but I feel like Lemire has failed on that count, as well. The second issue felt like it existed just to have a Hulk vs. Wolverine fight. Rather than the conflict serving the plot, it just felt like it was there just to be there. This is a shame, because there’s a LOT that could have been done with a confused and crotchety Logan having to deal with an equally confused but pretty laid back Amadeus Cho. But in the end we didn’t get any real development other than to see Logan just get even more confused. Issue 3 improved on that by giving Kate something to actually DO in regards to the narrative, but she ends up coming across like a total idiot when she’s actually SURPRISED that Logan planned to KILL Mysterio. At NO POINT in their interactions did Logan say anything to imply he intended anything else. Quite the contrary, it was made VERY clear that Logan had murder on his mind. Yet somehow Kate thought they were just going out to rough him up?

    By contrast, Wolverine has made far better use of its two main guest stars (Strange and Wasp), weaving them much more smoothly into the plot. They’re two people Laura ordinarily wouldn’t work with, but the narrative excellently establishes WHY they would this time. And unlike Logan’s encounters with Chulk and Kate, the team-ups with Stephen and Jan tangibly explore who Laura was and has become, and how that affects her decision to take up the name of Wolverine, and vice-versa.

    Old Man Logan fails fairly critically on multiple counts; it feels like a Shaggy Dog Story where nothing matters in the end, and there’s very little about the journey that’s truly engaging. The art and characterization are spectacular, but it ultimately feels very shallow.