So far, Old Man Logan’s series is all about adventuring through Battleworld, whether intentionally or not. He climbed the wall out of the wasteland he called home, travelled through the Domain of apocalypse, spent some time in Technolopolis and then found himself banished beyond the SHEILD wall, facing hordes of zombies. That’s where the last issue left off.
Most of Old Man Logan 4 is spent showing Logan fighting zombies. The action itself is appropriately brutal, and Logan’s narration about how tired he is and how he regrets leaving his home works on a dramatic level. He’s clearly losing his mind. Eventually he runs across a fellow banished survivor, She-Hulk with a Fantastic Four uniform.
For the most part, this comic is good. Thankfully it feels like much less of a repeat than Old Man Logan 3 did (that felt like a rehash of OML 2). The drama is pretty intense and the conversation between Logan and Jennifer is written well enough. However it also has the same problem that issue 2 had, and it’s a problem that seems to be common with Brian Michael Bendis’s writing lately. There isn’t all that much story development. The only real development happens at the end, when Logan is once again launched into a new domain. Which domain he lands in isn’t made perfectly clear, but I have my guesses and hopes.
Just like all previous issues of Old Man Logan, the real highlight is the art by Andrea Sorrentino. There’s a painted-like quality on every page, with beautiful landscapes, well-detailed characters and dramatic use of shading. The second spread is a great organization of smaller panels showcasing the action, intercut with sectioned off panels of Old Man Logan’s look of fury and pain. You can tell by the look of Logan’s face that he’s tired and depressed, yet he’s still not giving up. And of course, Jennifer’s sarcastic look while asking if Logan has sweets is priceless. The colouring by Marcelo Maiolo is also great. Somehow it’s both colourful and tinted at the same time, with some panels coloured entirely in red to emphasize the brutal violence.
Old Man Logan 4 is an improvement over the last issue, but it’s still just good. Hopefully the end teaser means we’ll have actual story development in the next issue beyond Logan simply visiting other domains. This series is still worth reading for anyone who’s a fan of Wolverine or who wants a brief overlook of Battleworld, but it’s hard to recommend this to anyone else unless the final issue is an absolute masterpiece.