The saga of Old Man Logan will be global soon. The theatrical release of “Logan” in March promises to be one of the best entries into the X-Men cinematic universe. Fans are ready to watch a beat up Hugh Jackman run down the road with an elderly Chucky Xavier in the backseat and a pubescent X-23 at his side. The movie will of course inspire interest in the comic…
…and here is where I come in.
Those readers that step into the world that Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino have created will be treated to the best comics this industry has to offer. There are no weak spots in this title. None. The writing is sharper than Logan’s claws, the art is at a level that belongs in a museum, and the colors are toned in a way that makes this comic unlike anything and everything else on the shelves.
Then there is the story and characters. This is life and times of a man who is hell-bent on redemption. He has failed so many times in his past that his shortcomings have hammered him into an unwavering, unflinching, uncompromising force for what’s right and just. This Logan has seen the worst the world and humanity have to offer. He has lost everything that he has ever loved. He has witnessed time and again hope being trampled under the boot heel of evil.
He stands up for his beliefs, not because he has to, but because he knows what will happen if he chooses not to.
There are too many elements to this series to list. Logan struggles with everything around him. He fights himself on a daily basis to make sense of the world around him; his place within that world, and what it means to continue to sacrifice and struggle in the endless loop that with a big enough heart and enough hope he just might find a way to make the world a better place.
Don’t get me wrong, there are still more than enough moments where Logan pops his trademark claws. But unlike series and issues in the past, we now have a deeper understanding of what drives the man who carries the blades. We have been given a rare glimpse inside the man and it’s up to us as readers to define what makes him a hero and what forces him to become a savage.
The plot of this issue is so dense in its layers that to give you a full and honest review of everything that is happening in this comic would take another 5000 words and ruin an experience that is best left untainted. I will say that I cannot find enough praise to heap on this book. It surpassed expectations a long time ago, and now we are being treated to one of the best Wolverine runs in the existence of the character.
If you are just now finding your way into this series, I urge you and implore you to go back to the very first issue, go back to the mini-series before that, go back to the inception of the idea that was laid down by Mark Millar in Wolverine #66 (Published in 2010)… go back and read it all. When looking at this series as a whole you begin to understand the layered tapestry that has been woven here. This is comic book perfection.
I give this comic my highest grade and highest recommendation: 5 out 5 Stars
Old Man Logan #17
Story: Jeff Lemire
Art: Andrea Sorrentino
Colors: Marcelo Maiolo
Letters: VC’s Cory Petit