Post-apocalyptic stories where all but a handful of your favorite heroes are dead is a setting that has been around forever in comics. It’s a setting that, when done properly, can easily become a reader’s favorite. Marvel’s previous visit with the gray haired and broken Wolverine was a welcomed one and Old Man Logan #1 picked up right where that original arc had left off. In the first issue we caught up with Logan and his years of loss and regret, but this time it’s different. This time it’s on Battleworld.
There are plenty of rules that have been established so far in Marvel’s epic Secret Wars event to end all events, but the most important rule is to stay put. God Doom has a zero tolerance for the inhabitant of Battleworld’s different regions interacting with each other, and has made it nearly impossible for anyone to explore outside their designated zone. But as always, Logan is the best at what he does and what he does is break the rules.
Old Man Logan #2 opens up immediately showcasing Wolverine at his primal best, defying a much more powerful being and slashing his way through beasts in a jungle. Among those beasts is his old pal Sabretooth, but this time as a horseman of Apocalypse. Not only does Wolverine find himself in an unknown world, but he quickly discovers his long believed dead allies and enemies all live in what turns out to be Age of Apocalypse. And Battleworld has included a couple “What If…?” territories that readers could do without, but this is not the case with the ever popular Age of Apocalypse reality – a smart and exciting choice from Bendis.
Aside from a scene where Logan awakes confused and with a telepath in his head telling him to put his claws away while within the confines of an unknown and seemingly X-friendly headquarters; Old Man Logan #2 is exactly what it should be. Fast paced action from beginning to end with dialogue that wastes no time but keeps you up to speed as it moves along. Slick new designs on some familiar faces makes everything feel more like home for the audience as well as Wolverine, and the familiarity helps in piecing together what’s happening around him.
By far, Old Man Logan #2’s best feature is Andrea Sorrentino’s striking visuals as they are interesting from top to bottom. Readers may find themselves dwelling a bit longer than usual on panels just to soak in the radiant and glorious chaos. This swift moving story is only accented beautifully by bold choices in color as well as the portrayal of light in every panel from colorist Marcelo Mailo.
Turning through the pages of this book is like an adrenaline rush orchestrated by both the visuals and story itself. It may only have been less than a year since the often overused Wolverine met his maker, but with stories like these, he is more than welcome back.