Comic Review: Old Man Logan #9

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OML2016009_covOld Man Logan #9 (Marvel Comics)

Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino’s Old Man Logan has been an interesting series to read. It started off as an assumed sequel to the classic Mark Millar and Steve McNiven series, but as it’s continued, we’ve slowly learned that this isn’t truly the case. This is a Wolverine from a different future, as none of the events that are currently happening in the Marvel universe have happened in his timeline. While it’s easy to say that this was made to make the original Old Man Logan just another “possible future” in the Marvel Universe, it also adds to the story of the man who was Wolverine. Not only is he a man from the future trapped in the past, he’s now a man stuck in a universe that’s not even his. It’s an extra dose of pain and sadness to the character, and that theme continues in Old Man Logan #9, which starts off the “The Last Ronin” storyline.

Logan is on the hunt for Lady Deathstrike and her Reavers, and won’t rest until he finds her. Tearing through every lowlife and scumbag in the Marvel universe, Logan eventually makes it to Japan, a place that brings up painful memories of his attempts to start over after the villains took over the United States. Flashing back to his previous life, Logan remembers his time with Maureen, the woman who eventually became his wife. He snaps out of it by the time he reaches Lady Deathstrike, who has been defeated by an enemy bearing the same name as one from Logan’s history. Could someone have followed him into our world?

That’s a question that Jeff Lemire wisely chooses not to answer. As I mentioned earlier, Old Man Logan is a pretty bleak series, but Lemire somehow manages to find the core human element that makes Wolverine work. This could be a super-depressing read, but somehow Lemire is able to find interesting angles to help us through that bleakness. It’s one of the reasons why Lemire has had such a stellar rise in comics recently.

Adding to the strength of this run is Andrea Sorrentino’s pencils, which, as always, are incredible. Sorrentino’s dynamic layouts and haunting pencils work wonders to give Old Man Logan an extremely unique look. Even when you compare these pencils to his other work with Lemire it has a certain spark to it that makes it stand out. There simply isn’t a book out there on the racks that looks anything like Old Man Logan.

When Old Man Logan was first announced it was easy to brush it off and just assume that it was a cheap gimmick by Marvel. And while it is still a gimmick, the fact that this much care and work is going into this series is pretty astounding. Old Man Logan could’ve been a book that was just rushed out to cash in on the popularity of this version of the character. Instead, we’ve got one of the best books being published by Marvel, of which there are sadly too few. Don’t let this one pass you by.
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