Rob’s Reads: Old Man Logan

I wrote this blog post a few years ago on Tumblr. I am transferring my stuff onto this blog just as a way to see how my writing has improved — or not— over the years.

What happened to the world’s deadliest mutant that he won’t even pop his claws to protect his family? In fact what happened to the worlds superheroes?

Mark Millar’s Old Man Logan came before the death of Logan and the Old man Logan that has been gracing the latest comic book iteration of “the best there is” Wolverine published by Marvel Comics in June 2008.  This means Mark Millar’s Old Man Logan is a rite of passage if you want to understand the back story of the current Old man Logan’s motivation as a character. Regardless of wanting to understand the current Wolverine’s motivation Mark Millar’s time in the marvel comic book universe has brought so many great stories that have gone on to become successful movie adaptations, that alone should tell you how good Millar’s work is.

Old Man Logan is no different; it is a masterpiece and one of my favourite comic book story arcs.  We meet Logan in a vastly different world than the one we are used to seeing, this is essentially a wasteland.  There are no more heroes, the villains have won, The United States of Earth-807128 has been conquered and divided among super villains, with territories belonging to the Abomination (later conquered by the Hulk), Magneto (later conquered by a new Kingpin), Doctor Doom, and the Red Skull, who has named himself President of the United States. 

Millar really explores the conflict that always raged within Logan fighting his killer instincts for a moment of happiness, Millar examines what would it take to put Wolverine of the edge, in doing so Millar changed the whole world of Marvel.  The artwork by Steve McNiven was great very clean sharp and overall complimented the overall story.  If you have not read this Wolverine/Logan story get on it.

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