Old Man Logan #5 Writer: Jeff Lemire Pencils: Andrea Sorrentino Colors: Marcelo Maiolo Letters: Cory Petit Publisher: Marvel
Jeff Lemire’s Old Man Logan series has been an interesting one, especially when you take into consideration that he’s also writing Extraordinary X-Men. Its been a lingering question as to where exactly this story takes place in relation to Lemire’s run on the X-Men’s new flagship title. Is this before the events of Extraordinary? If so, how far back? There are also the questions of whether or not this is the same Logan that died before the events of Secret Wars(2015), or if this is another situation of a character from an alternate universe being displaced in the Marvel Prime Earth?
After issue #4, all is put into context with a rather harsh revelation. This is indeed a different Logan from the “Death of Wolverine” story written by Charles Soule. Effectively making his activities in previous issues redundant and sinfully regrettable, as well as his mission. Not so much the goal to create a better future but the actions in which he’ll be taking in order to achieve it. Lemire doesn’t delve into how Logan is dealing with his actions, particularly in the debut issue, but this may very well come into fruition in future stories. What Lemire does provide though is more insight into Logan’s apocalyptic future and how it’s still effecting him in the present.
The comic opens up with Logan arriving at X-Haven, a refuge for mutant-kind to hide from the deadly threats of the Terrigen Mist. It also happens to be in the Limbo dimension and is protected by Illyana Rasputin(Magik). After a conversation with Storm an some briefly hinted at sexual tension, Logan goes off on a journey that he of course says he needs to go on alone. Lemire then provides us with some flashbacks, beautifully visualized by Andrea Sorrentino, and we see how he and his wife Maureen met.
There is also a moment when Logan engages in a conversation with a little girl and Lemire tries to throw a twist at you. However it can be seen coming from a mile away but it does pack a solid emotional punch and is a strong character moment. Lemire uses this issue to develop his titled character and provide more insight into his mental state. It’s effective but is a slow burn and takes too much time to get to the point. Fortunately it does a great job in effectively setting up the story and future synopsis for the future.
I’m a sucker for neo-noir and no comic today exploits the style and visuals of the genre like Andrea Sorrentino’s work here, every panel is simply frame worthy. Sorrentino pencils all the characters and settings with heavy detail. Marcelo Maiolo’s colors are incredibly expressive the perfect sense of mood and tone that Lemire has set in this series. The backgrounds in particular really stand out, having a gorgeous watercolor painting vibe to them but it overwhelms and distracts from the foreground. This series is visually one of the top 5 best comics today.
Jeff Lemire’s fifth installment into his Old Man Logan series is a strong one and a solid start to another story arc. It takes its time to develop the character and allows him to be fleshed out with the use of both dialogue and visuals. Sure it’s a bit of a slow burn, takes a while to get to the point, and the twist can be seen coming from a mile away, but it’s effective and makes you care for the time/universe displaced character. Along with another visually striking artwork by a superb team. This is a series that you can easily tell is going somewhere and I look forward to seeing what this creative team has planned.
Score 4 out of 5
Review by Eric Bradach