Wolverine, while tough, has never been anywhere close to a match for Apocalypse. Old Man Logan doesn’t heal as fast as he used to either, yet the last issue of Old Man Logan placed the former Wolverine at Apocalypse’s mercy. What’s the one hope he has? Well, a Thor who’s been chasing him for leaving his domain without permission of course. Yeah, this is one of those comics.
Logan’s adventure through the domains of Battleworld isn’t going easy for him. The only thing that stops him from being arrested is that Apocalypse argues with the Thor for a moment, showing that he’s not the biggest fan of Doom’s leadership either. I won’t spoil exactly how the comic plays out, but as the cover suggests, Logan’s next destination is Technopolis, a world where everyone wears Iron Man-like suits.
This issue plays out fairly similar to the last, with Wolverine having confusing conversations with those from other domains. Although he’s clearly starting to figure out what’s going on and that helps make this issue feel different, this issue feels like a partial repeat of Old Man Logan 2. That’s really this comic’s only serious flaw. Brian Michael Bendis’s writing is good, and Logan’s reluctance to fight helps separate him from the younger Wolverine while still giving him that famous grumpy edge. Even in the middle of running from both Apocalypse and a Thor, he still finds time to protect a teenaged girl from the warzone around them even if only for a couple of pages. He’s old and tired, but he’s still Logan.
Like with the first two issues, Andrea Sorrentino’s art is the real highlight. The opening spread makes clever use of the X-Men logo, with a close up of Apocalypse’s face in the center X and the action taking place in the space between the X. A lot of the panels have well-detailed backgrounds, with destroyed buildings, smoke and lighting from a fight scene in the distance, and even rain splashes on the ground. Facial expressions perfectly capture Logan’s weariness along with his determination to get out alive. Technopolis looks like a futuristic city, with plenty of lights, reflections on the windows and Stark’s name plastered all over the place.
Despite this feeling like a partial retread of Old Man Logan 2, this is a good comic. Logan traveling through the domains of Battleworld and startling the inhabitants with his existence makes for a good story. It feels like it could be important to the main event, depending on where Logan’s journey goes from here. As it stands, Old Man Logan is an adventure story through Battleworld. If that interests you, or you’re a Wolverine fan, you should be reading this.