All good things must end.
That’s not only the thought behind this story arc of Old Man Logan, but also the sentiment that I as a fan feel about the departure of the creative team of Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino. This pair of dynamic comic storytellers has far surpassed the material that the OML creators of Mark Millar and Steve McNiven established in June 2008.
Lemire has taken the character of Logan to places never ventured. To watch Wolverine as he battles within himself as viciously as he fights those outside shows a depth of character that readers didn’t know existed. It’s the abundance of heartfelt remorse and regret that makes this version of Wolverine one of the best comics that Marvel has produced in the last decade.
It was the pairing of Sorrentino’s images with Lemire’s words that transformed this title into a must read. The dark and moody art gave another level to the story. It didn’t hurt that Sorrentino is a master when it comes to page and panel layout so every issue was a treat to the eyes. The work that this pair has done will long outlast the creators themselves, as this has become the high-water mark for the quality of tales that can be told with Canada’s favorite mutant son.
The final issue of Lemire’s “Past Lives” storyline is the perfect embodiment of the series. Here we watch a time travelling Logan make it back to his own time and dimension. He is surrounded by the family that he thought he had lost forever; able to hold his wife and children again is Logan’s ultimate dream, but like every dream it has to come to an end.
You can feel your heartstrings being tugged as you wish that this grizzled veteran of a hard knock life could ride off into a peaceful sunset; his world reconnected; his heart full of love and compassion… But this is Wolverine. He is destined to lose those closest to him and here in this issue the tale is no different. Logan looks on, unable to change the past, as his life is set to repeat itself.
Sorrentino had exited the title a few issues ago and here Eric Nguyen fills in. As good as Nguyen is (and he is amazing) Sorrentino is a tough act to follow for any artist. Nguyen’s art is good, but good isn’t good enough when you have become accustom to greatness.
For those of you who know X-fans who have lapsed from reading the current titles, this is the perfect comic to hand them to reintroduce them to the fold. I have been a huge fan of this series since it began and will constantly reach for this series of arcs time and again to remind me of what can be done with Logan when placed in the right hands.
The new team of Ed Brisson and Mike Deodato Jr is taking over with issue #25. I know that both of these creators are highly accomplished in their own right when it comes to comics, but the bar has been set so high by the departing Lemire and Sorrentino that I’m not sure anyone has the chops to follow or surpass this historic run.
Final Score: 5 out of 5 stars
Story: Jeff Lemire
Art: Eric Nguyen
Colors: Andres Mossa
Letters: VC’s Cory Petit