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Comic Review: Secret Wars Old Man Logan #2 – More of the Same

By Jeff Ayers

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis

Artists: Andrea Sorrentino and Marcelo Maiolo

$3.99

Marvel Comics

After a stellar first issue, (read what I said here), this series did exactly what I thought it would, and stall out pretty much immediately into the second issue. Wolverine, the Old Man Logan version from the series of the same name by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven, finds himself climbing the wall that separates his world from the others in the vast expanse of Battleworld, looking for answers after finding a head of an Ultron unit that fell from the sky.

Immediately he is met by one of Doom’s police force, the Thor’s, and he is already confused. As are we, the faithful readers. How did the Thor’s hear of Logan climbing the wall, let alone be there when he reaches the top? It is even explicitly stated that he shouldn’t have even been able to climb the wall, so why are they policing it so diligently? Are there alarms embedded on the wall that he tripped when climbing it? Or was this just a chance occurrence? Only a few pages into this issue, and already so many questions.

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Now, from reading the main line of Secret Wars, we know that many of the so called “worlds” know of the existence of Doom, and his Thors, as well as some of the other worlds as well. In fact, it seems many inhabitants are well aware of the wasteland beyond the wall, that seems to hold rogue Ultron robots as well as the bulk of the Marvel Zombie universe. (Look for Age of Ultron versus Marvel Zombies out next week. No really, that is happening.) Yet, Old Man Logan has no knowledge of these other places, or the inhabitants within them, which is slightly odd, but I can get past it.

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After Logan is fried by this version of Thor, he heals rather quickly even for his standards, and then continues his trek, running into a version of Sabertooth. Now, Sabertooth is not concerned that this isn’t a version of Wolverine he knows, only that he is a horseman (presumably for Apocalypse), and he wants Logan dead as usual. But then the X-Men show up, and they seem to be a version of themselves from the Giant Size X-Men days, when Logan first joined the team. But Emma Frost is there, as well as a younger Storm. Exactly what “world” this is, or what version of the X-Men, remains to be explained, and that is sad. The cover of this book teases a Wolverine meets younger Wolverine outcome, but that never happens, because comics are fickle and crush your dreams sometimes.

The “Best There Is”: It is only slightly interesting to see the Old Man Logan version of Wolverine show up and interact with these X-Men, especially Emma Frost, considering the events of the previous issue. But in any version Emma is always a powerful telepath, and yet she is having a hard time grasping what she uncovers in this version of Wolverine’s mind.  The art of this book is the true winner, as Sorrentino really nails all the character models and makes these characters come to life with the excellent color work of Maiolo.

The “Isn’t Very Nice”: The convenient way the Thor shows up to knock Wolverine down is almost too convenient. The addition of Sabertooth as a horseman, along with a version of Sinister that shows up later as well are nice touches, but not enough to save a weak story. Bends does his best to give the reader little glimpses of Old Man Logan facing his past, especially seeing as in his world he brutally murdered the X-Men and is now faced with seeing them again. But it all feels a little forced, and too “easter egg” heavy with not enough true meat on the story. The tease on the cover never paying off is a marketing ploy, which is always depressing, and the non-explication of where these characters really are is boring. Obviously Wolverine was going to run into a version, or versions, of the X-Men, but this just feels like Bendis is lobbing the ball over the plate. Also, Ice-Man literally calling out the title of the book  (“How about Old Man Logan?”) is a tired joke and not funny at all.

FBI Score: 7 out of 10. A really tired, non explanatory issue that just seems to give you some flash and glitter, with no real meat on the bones of the story. After such a good first issue, my only hope can be that this storyline picks up with the next issue.

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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