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COMIC REVIEW: Old Man Logan #2 – Monster Hunt

By Jeff Ayers

COMIC REVIEW: Old Man Logan #2 - Monster Hunt

Writer: Jeff Lemire

Artist: Andrea Sorrentino

Colors: Marcelo Maiolo

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Marvel Comics

Old Man Logan is back in the past, which is our present, and he figures the best use of his time is to take out all the bad guys that destroyed the future where he is from. In the first issue, he finds and murders the D-List villain, The Butcher, and next on his list is Bruce Banner, otherwise known as The Hulk!

But, true believers, there is a big problem with that premise for Old Man Logan. Unbeknownst to him, The Hulk is no longer Banner, the big green guy is now Amadeus Cho. Before he finds this out though, he reminisces about the Banner Gang, who we were first introduced to back in Mark Millar’s Old Man Logan run. This time, we learn that Hulk, the Banner version, went crazy pretty much after the villains won against the heroes. In fact, Wolverine narrates that Hulk actually helped kill many of the heroes, including snapping Thor’s neck. (I totally want to see that fight play out someday). Seeing the Hulk Gang up to no good again, as well as some scenes with Logan and his wife and kids, is heartbreaking and poignant all at the same. It sets up exactly what Wolverine believes is the right thing to do, and he goes off in search of The Hulk to knock another name off his list.

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COMIC REVIEW: Old Man Logan #2 - Monster Hunt

This version of Wolverine, Old Man Logan, has had a lot of fights against The Hulk, and his siblings and children. So he knows a thing or two about starting a fight with the Hulk when he finds him, but there is just one problem. Right away, something seems not right, and Old Man Logan questions if the monster he is fighting is actually Bruce Banner. It is not, and Amadeus Cho, the new Hulk, introduces himself to Old Man Logan once they have a pretty epic fight. Old Man Logan is a little worse for wear, and doesn’t stick around for small talk when the cops show up. Realizing he is in Brooklyn, he seeks out the old hideout of his only friend from the future, Hawkeye, but finds out even his friends are different now, as he comes face to face with the business end of the new Hawkeye’s bow.

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The “Best There Is”: The way the story gets to jump back to the events of the original Old Man Logan series, with new information, is increasingly cool to experience in this new series. To see the Hulk Gang up to their terrible ways again brings back all the memories of what they did to Logan, and fuels his quest to take down those that wronged him. Also, the artistic style of Sorrentino is near-perfect for this character, who is grizzled and displaced in time, and therefore needs to be rough around the edges. The landscape he perceives in front of him is normal to us, being our present day, but is depicted in this book as dark and full of shadows, which adds to the confusion of just why Old Man Logan is here now. Also, Maiolo’s color work is beautiful, retaining the stark contrast of light and dark during scenes, interjected with the blood red and blinding whites used to accent the panels that contain the most violence.

The “Isn’t Very Nice”: The mystery of Old Man Logan’s healing factor is, well, quite the mystery. Throughout the original series, into the Secret Wars limited run, and now into this Old Man Logan series, it is a little confusing as to just how well his healing factor actually works. It seems to have some problems in the previous books, yet this fight with The Hulk is pretty one sided, and even though Wolverine gets his butt handed to him, he walks away pretty OK. Also, the line “Crotchety Old Wolverine and Totally Awesome New Hulk Team-Up?” make me cringe every single time I read it.

FBI Score: 8.5 out of 10. Old Man Logan #2 features a good fight between the new Hulk and Old Man Logan, with some flashback sequences to the original series peppered throughout. It is interesting to see this version of Wolverine navigate this new Marvel Universe landscape, but hopefully his character discrepancies will be worked out in the next few books.

 

 

Jeff Ayers

Both my parents instilled in me at an early age the awesome power and incredible wonder of the written word. My father sat with me when I was four years old and taught me to enjoy reading with classic comic strips like SPIDERMAN, PEANUTS, B.C. and, later, CALVIN AND HOBBES. My mother exposed me to such classics of literature as Poe, Tolkien, Stoker and Doyle, and I started my own comic collection with allowance money from mowing lawns. I liked Wolverine before it was cool, I watched as Superman died and returned, and huddled under the covers as I turned the pages of SANDMAN. Reading is like oxygen to me, and all genres and formats are welcome and devoured equally. I am the co-host of The DW and Incredible Jeff Show, CEO of Permian Productions, and a reviewer at Graphic Novel Reporter. I am 34 and live in scenic Saratoga Springs New York, where I haunt coffee shops and dive bars and the best comic shop anywhere, The Comic Depot.

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