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CC2K’s Comic of the Week: Secret Wars: Old Man Logan

Written by: Gary M. Kenny, CC2K Comics Editor

In 2008, Mark Millar and Steve McNiven worked on Wolverine vol.3 #66 and created an epic story called Old Man Logan. The story is about a tormented Wolverine who has vowed to never pop his claws out again. Logan settles down in California (now a land where the Hulks rule) with his wife and two kids, living out his days as a farmer. Through a series of events, an old Logan and an old blind Hawkeye drive across the country in Spider-Man’s car delivering a package. The story has become an iconic Wolverine tale. Now with Marvel’s Secret Wars event, Brian Michael Bendis has decided to revisit that Old Man Logan world once more.

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Andrea Sorrentino

Brian Michael Bendis revisits the world of Old Man Logan and with Andrea Sorrentino’s killer visuals, a simple one shot was just not enough. We find Logan traveling on horseback killing off all the pimps, slave traffickers, villains left in the world. He takes back a slave village from the new gladiator and a bunch of wannabe Dare Devils. Of course our hero sets all the captives free but all they do is look at him, not knowing what to do since they have never had a free life. This is the only part of the comic, i wish Bendis would play with more. I’m interested in knowing more about these captives and how they grew to be so weak. There is a lot of story here but Bendis only gets one comic to do so. Logan then discovers an Ultron head in the sand and wonders what it was doing there. This is how Old Man Logan will be part of the Secret Wars up coming comics. Logan discovers the wall and climbs towards Doom. If Secret Wars needed a Wolverine, well Bendis is giving them one of the best.

Sorrentino’s artwork is reminiscent of a Clint Eastwood western. His action sequences are vibrant and just pop out at the reader. Though this comic is on the violent side, Sorrentino’s direction makes it one of the most visually gifted of the Secret Wars one shots. It’s without a doubt some of his best work. He has this balance of complimenting Steve McNivens artwork while showcasing a brilliant blockbuster ballet that would make any action fan drool in awe. Sorrentino puts the aggression back into the shadowy eyes of the Wolverine. He’s the perfect choice for this comic.

If there is one comic to pick up this week it’s hands down this one. Bendis and Sorrentino’s one shot really compliments the epic Millar and McNiven gave us over 7 years ago.

4.0 out of 5.0