I don’t have a real excuse as to why I just got done reading Old Man Logan by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven. I guess it’s a case of stupidity or just plain negelct, regardless, I’m very happy that I did. What I read was one of the most insane, over-the-top, graphic, amzing, pulse-pounding, and just plain perfect one-shots of a comic book that I have ever experienced. Being a fan of Millar’s work on Kick-Ass and The Ultimates, amongst others, I have always loved his writing. He doesn’t care about the normal conventions of what a comic character “should be.” He writes them in a realistic manner and always gives his story a film-quality flair to them. Everything he writes can be a movie; which is why it’s no wonder that Wanted and Kick-Ass are some of my favorite comics AND films. Add to the writing is McNiven’s beautiful penciling, whose worked on Civil War and Nemesis with Millar in the past; and you have a perfect combination of a great looking and well written comic.
Old Man Logan takes place 50 years in the future in a world where the Super Villians have all banded together to destroy the Super Heroes. It doesn’t come as a huge surprise that this could happen, considering their numbers far exceed those of the heroes. We are met with Logan, he doesn’t want to be called Wolverine anymore; who has retired his claws and now has a wife and children. He tends the land and lives on a farm, and is living a peaceful life. You’re not sure why Logan has stopped being a SuperHero until later, but you know it most be pretty horrible considering he’s one of the last remaining heroes in this world.
Logan becomes behind on his rent, that need to be paid to Bruce Banner’s family members, and is brought by Hawkeye on an adventure to raise some money by delivering a package to mysterious people. Throughout their journey you meet other SuperHeroes and Villains and see what the world has become with most of the mutants dead. Hank Pym’s ‘Giant Man’ is now but a corpse in which cars pass through on a highway. The Red Skull is the President of this world and most of the United States has been split up into different sectors run by the major SuperVillains of the world.
I’m not going to spoil the plot more than that though, but know that Logan doesn’t stay in retirement forever. When he does finally let his claws fly, it’s VERY bloody and something to be seen. I have always loved Wolverine and this was one of the best interpretations of him, if not THE best, that I have ever seen. I was wary at first that I wouldn’t like him talking in a southern drawl or that even at 50 years, he would probably not look THAT much older. But all that fear dissipated the moment I heard my first ‘Bub’ and I knew that the Wolvie I knew and loved was there.
I would definitely recommend this book to comic fans, Millar fans, and especially Wolverine fans. I can’t say anything but the highest praises about how amazing it was. I will read it again and again and keep my eyes out for the Bowen statue to my left. So, get off your butt and go pick up this comic! That or order here! I don’t care, just read Old Man Logan, you won’t be disappointed, Bub.