Old Man Logan #1 Writer: Jeff Lemire Penciler: Andrea Sorrentino Colorer: Marcelo Maiolo Letterer: Cory Petit Publisher: Marvel
The critically praised Green Lantern creative team of Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino are back but this time it’s in the Marvel Universe in a western revenge story about Old Man Logan.
If you haven’t read the previous two Old Man Logan series written by Mark Millar and Brian Michael Bendis don’t worry, as one of this issues greatest strengths is that it’s incredibly new reader friendly. Lemire does a great job of establishing just who this weary and retired version of Wolverine is and also allows Sorrentino tell the readers visually, which is always great to see a writer do.
There is a great flash back scene that shows just how bleak and grim the villain ruled future really is. We see a man with a troubled past just trying to get by and provide for his family. However situations arrive that would have caused weaker minder individuals to give into their emotions. However the once wild and savage Wolverine has become a calm patient man who knows how to keep his emotions in check.
However as said in the beginning, the book does drive itself into a western revenge story, only this one is to prevent that bleak and grim future from coming about. As is true with everyone, we all have our limits and Old Man Logan is no exception as we are then rushed into a climax and do have a rather unfortunately distracting but visually pleasing homage to Frank Miller. Fortunately the last panel does a great job of getting the reader anticipated for the next issue.
Sorrentino and Maiolo work simply shine in this book. Sorrentino’s pencils are very well detailed and every character is distinguishable from one another. Maiolo’s colors do a great job of making the forefront really stand and pop out while giving the background a beautiful water color painting look to them. All in all the artwork is strong with detailed pencils and mood setting colors providing a neo-noir vision.
Overall, Old Man Logan #1 is a great starting off point for new readers but doesn’t dumb itself down for those returning. With great characterization both writing and visually, well established tone and story, and visual eye candy, this is an enjoyable read. However the rather rushed climax and distracting Frank Miller homage keeps it from perfect but by no means do these negatives make it non-recommendable.
Score: 4.5 out of 5
Review by Eric Bradach