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Preview: Old Man Logan #14

Old Man Logan #14

(W) Jeff Lemire (A) Filipe Andrade (CA) Andrea Sorrentino
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Nov 30, 2016
SRP: $3.99

JUBILEE IS MISSING! ALL-NEW ARC “MONSTER WAR” STARTS HERE!

LOGAN will have to team up with the supernatural HOWLING COMMANDOS to unravel the mystery of why Jubilee has disappeared…but is he prepared for what this investigation will uncover? Follow the old man to ROMANIA and find out!

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Review: Civil War II #7

civil_war_ii__7The war ends…

Marvel‘s 2016 event Civil War II begins to wrap up with just a few more issues to go and this issue raises a hell of a lot of questions as to what’s to come.

Civil War II #7 is an interesting issue in that I’m very mixed in my thoughts about it. As an issue that teases things to come, it’s one that fans will be going over and be examining for a while to come. As part of a story that’s supposed to be exploring precognition’s use to stop crime, it falls rather short.

The issue is broken up into two parts written by Brian Michael Bendis. Half of the issue deals with Ulysses and his freezing at the end of the last issue and now being in the future somewhat which is the most intriguing thing about the issue.

Artists Andrea Sorrentino and Marcelo Maiolo lend their hand for that as the issue is set in the future that is Old Man Logan where the future grizzled Wolverine gives rather cryptic statements to Ulysses about where things have gone wrong. Of course, that opens up questions like why Wolverine doesn’t recognize Ulysses and why he hasn’t spoken up to everyone to tell them the future and put an end to all of the silliness. A bit of a Catch-22 there. Still, the art is utterly fantastic and the teasing is intriguing.

civil_war_ii__7-9The other half of the comic deals with Spider-Man on the steps of the Capitol which is actually presented in a pretty authentic way post upgrades. Though where’s the Capitol police in all of this? There’d be more than DC police involved. He’s trying to come to grips with what Ulysses saw and Captain America confronts him to discuss that. That too is interesting but as soon as we get somewhere to really discuss things, the fighting begins again diluting any actual philosophical debate to be had. And that’s my issue with the series. For as smart as it seemed to have been or presented it has mostly been about heroes punching each other and characters dying. The actual important discussion of using an algorithm to arrest people before they commit a crime isn’t explored enough in the main story. It’s a Michael Bay film on paper, all flash, little depth.

David Marquez‘s art is solid as usual. As I said his interpretation of the Capitol is solid and I felt like I was walking around it. His characters and framing of the scenes keeps you watching and entertained. It’s really good work and continues the art of the series being strong than the story itself.

The issue sets a lot of things up to come and you know what’s hinted at will be something bigger than presented. It also interestingly shifts the importance of Marvel’s “X” lines a bit as the events to come are presented from the view of Old Man Logan increasing his importance. But, like the six issues before, the concept is muddled with too much flash.

Story: Brian Michael Bendis Art: David Marquez, Andrea Sorrentino, Marcelo Maiolo
Story: 6.95 Art: 8.15 Overall: 7.05 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Old Man Logan #13

Old Man Logan #13

(W) Jeff Lemire (A/CA) Andrea Sorrentino
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Nov 16, 2016
SRP: $3.99

THE FINAL CHAPTER OF “THE LAST RONIN”

Confronted by his past and the horrors that he has faced, can LOGAN ever hope to be truly free of the WASTELANDS?

Will MAUREEN forgive him if she learns the truth of who Logan used to be? Will the Silent Order succeed in their goals?

Find out in “The Last Ronin” Part Five: The Wolverine.

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Review: Old Man Logan #4

old-man-logan-2016-004Old Man Logan #4. I was really looking forward to this comic at the beginning of the week – hell, it was my top pick in Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks. I’m sure you can guess by that opening that I wasn’t all that impressed with the overall product;  it was good, and it is worth picking up if you’re reading the series, but this issue alone won’t sell you one the series as a whole.

Why? Well to answer that I’ll be spoiling the issue below. If you don’t want spoilers stop here.

Last warning.

With the first arc of this series coming to a close, the stage is set for What Happens Next for Old Man Logan. Featuring both Steve Rogers and Kate FosterOld Man Logan #4 features some spectacular artwork. Honestly, it’s worth picking this up for the art alone, and were it not for the ending I’d have really enjoyed this comic because if you’ve read Extraordinary X-Men #1 then you’ve seen the end of this comic. 

Had the first four issues in this series been released prior to the first issue of Extraordinary X-Men, or had Old Man Logan appeared later in that series, then the ending would have been far stronger. As it was it felt a little… forced. By having the final page of this series essentially mirroring the final page or two of Extraordinary X-Men and I honestly felt a bit cheated by that, but I’m not overly sure why. Maybe if the meeting of the X-Men and Old Man Logan had been a bit more subtly hinted at rather than the in your face appearance, but your mileage may vary significantly there.

There are certainly some nice touches here that highlight the differences between the dead Wolverine and the very much alive Old Man Logan; where one was an honourable man who’s word was his bond, the other is a jaded shell of the hero he was. With Old Man  Logan Jeff Lemire has, so far, done a great job in highlighting the differences between the two; and despite being given a second chance at a new life, Old Man Logan is still very much broken by what happened to him before he arrived in the current Marvel Universe. If anything the first four issues tell us that while this man was Wolverine at one point, he isn’t anymore. This is an entirely different clawed mutant, and Lemire has forced that realization upon us by having Old Man Logan come face to face with a past that was never truly his. It’s a brilliant scene that is then lessened somewhat by the ending to the issue.

My issues with the ending aside, I really enjoyed the first part of Old Man Logan #4, specifically the panel layouts and the art on the two double page spreads of Old Man Logan facing off against Steve Rogers were almost worth the price of the comic alone. That the rest of the comic couldn’t compare to that sequence is a little bit of  a shame, but it’s not entirely unexpected; those two pages are probably some of the most interestingly laid out fight scene panels that I have read from Marvel in a long, long time.  

Although I had problems with this comic, it certainly wasn’t terrible. When you look at the first four issues as a whole package (especially if read prior to the start of Extraordinary X-Men) then you’ve got a solid start here that drops off from the consistent quality of the first three and a half issues drastically toward the end. Now that this series has caught up, so to speak, with the X-Book, and established Old Man Logan is aware where he is isn’t his past, it’ll be interesting to see which direction Old Man Logan takes in future issues.

Story: Jeff Lemire Art: Andrea Sorrentino Colors: Marcelo Miaolo
Story: 7 Art: 9 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read

Review: Old Man Logan #3

Old Man Logan #3Do you know what the best comic Marvel are producing right now is? If you said Spider-Man, that’s not the comic I’m thinking of (although I am glad you’re enjoying it). No, the comic that has risen above everything else that Marvel have been releasing since Secret Wars ended is the one I’m reviewing today: Old Man Logan.

Written by Jeff Lemire with art by Andrea Sorrentino and Marcello Maiolo providing the colours, Old Man Logan is at it’s very core a revenge story that has our old time displaced hero trying to save the world before it needs saving by killing the men responsible. That those men also happen to have hurt his family in that same future is an unfortunate coincidence for them.

Yes, he wants to save the world from the future he came from, but his underlying motive seems to be to seek revenge for what  he went through from men who haven’t even done anything to him yet. This burning desire to dish out preemptive vengeance (I won’t say the word “justice”) is a fascinating story device. Is Old Man Logan even remotely close to being named a hero? Even the morally dubious Frank Castle hunts those who have already wronged innocents. Old Man Logan is hunting people for what they might do.

The whole basis for the character’s return to the present Marvel Universe is disguising a philosophical question that we have all asked ourselves at one point or another; if you could change the future by killing somebody before they might do something evil, would you? Should you?

Old Man Logan‘s moral ambiguity is contrasted spectacularly with Kate Bishop‘s bored optimism, and despite knowing almost nothing about the character, Lemire provides readers with just enough to get a sense of who she is, and where she stands. I’m not going to reveal too much of their team up, because it leads to some terrific moments between the two characters as their morals come to a head within Old Man Logan #3.  It has been a long time since we’ve had Wolverine feel this dangerous in his solo comic, and the character’s willingness to embrace the deadly methods found more in the moral grey areas is a something that almost precludes Old Man Logan from being a traditional hero. There’s a reason he’s not wearing spandex.

Old Man Logan is an absolutely brilliant comic that, as a long time fan of Wolverine (indeed, the character is the reason I read comics) I am loving. Despite my initial fears of the quality of the series, especially after the just-above-average tie-in miniseries of the same name from last year, Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino and Marcello Maiolo have put out the best three issues of a Wolverine solo that’ve read in a long, long time.

And holy shit that final page? Issue #4 is going to be amazing.

Story: Jeff Lemire Art: Andrea Sorrentino Color Art: Marcello Maiolo
Story: 9.75 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

This post has been updated with Kate Bishop’s  proper name, replacing my brain-farted Kate Foster…

Review: Old Man Logan #2

Old Man Logan #2After Secret Wars dumped a future Wolverine into the current timeline (it’s comics and it’s easier to just accept that it happened then to try to figure out how and why. I have, because I still haven’t read Secret Wars, and this series has been outstanding so far),  he realized that he had a unique chance to prevent the future where he came from. A future where the villains banded together and killed the heroes, and the Hulk turned evil.

He would kill the villains before they had a chance to do the heroes.

It’s that is the premise behind Old Man Logan, and it’s a question that has always, always fascinated me; if you could change the past by killing somebody before they did something evil, would you? Should you? Old Man Logan certainly thinks so.

If you haven’t read the original Old Man Logan by now, and you want to, then stop here. Buy this issue, the last issue and Millar and McNiven‘s original in trade and settle in for some of (if not the) best Wolverine comics you’ll have read in a long time. After this point I’m going to be spoiling a couple points of the original story that will also be spoiled if you read this series before the original. But, and here’s the beauty of Jeff Lemire‘s writing, you don’t need to have read the original to enjoy this series.

If you’re never going to read the original, then read on, dear reader. Read on.

When his family is killed by the Hulk Gang in the original Old Man Logan  that ran in 2008, the story takes a sudden turn for the slice and dice revenge that Wolverine is somewhat famous for. Needless to say, the front cover of a Hulk standing over the prone body of Old Man Logan was immediately striking, and I couldn’t wait to start reading the issue.

I was not disappointed.

I know I’m a huge fan of Canada’s most well known mutant, and maybe that’s colouring my love of this series, but watching an older, wiser Logan taking on a new Hulk for the first time was, probably, one of the best fight scenes the various iterations of these characters have had in quite some time. Knowing he’s out powered, the older, and arguably wiser, Logan fights as smart as you’d expect when facing off against a being as horrifically powerful as the Hulk. That the encounter never feels as if it’s being written just so the characters will sell the comic, nor does the fight  seem cheap, or cheesy, is a testament to Lemire‘s skill. I’m not going to reveal much more than I have done about the interior of the issues pages (but, honestly, if you couldn’t tell this fight was coming from the cover…), but allow me to say that the internal monologue of Old Man Logan in conjunction with the Hulk‘s spoken words are a highlight of the issue for me.

This would be a solid comic if almost any artist drew it, but Andrea Sorrentino‘s art work and Marcello Maiolo colouring elevate this to the next level. The use of colour during the fight is spectacular, allowing you to easily find the totally awesome giant, where as you may need to look a bit harder for the grumpy old man, which if any fight between a power house like the Hulk and a more savagely stealthy character like Wolverine were to happen would be be how I’d expect it to go down. And yet it never feels as if the characters are lost in the page; the art is never muddied, or poor, but rather makes you work to understand just what Logan is trying to do.

And the last two page spread? Oh boy. The layouts and colouring here give you a fantastic primer for what’ll happen on the final page. It’s glorious, not entirely unexpected, but so fantastic when it arrives. Normally I’m loath to commit to bi-weekly comics, prefering instead to space my comic budget out over multiple different issues each month, but Old Man Logan  is probably the best book that Marvel are producing right now, and I’d be buying it weekly if it was as consistently great as the last two issues have been.

Story: Jeff Lemire Art: Andrea Sorrentino Colour: Marcello Maiolo
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

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

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