In the previous issue, Old Man Logan took on the Totally Awesome Hulk in a confused effort to take Bruce Banner out of the equation in his quest to prevent his apocalyptic future. It was a fun issue with some great action and amusing dialogue, but in the end, it was predictable. This issue continues the story where Logan is trying to hunt down the villains responsible for his awful future, this time hoping to get help from his pal, Hawkeye.
Written by Jeff Lemire, this issue teams up Kate Bishop and Logan as they hunt down Mysterio. That is if you use the term team-up lightly. As much as this entire story arc by definition is predictable, this issue does a good job at expanding and furthering the story in ways that the first two issues didn’t even try to. Even if Logan is too stubborn to realize it, the evidence is mounting up that he’s not in the same past as the one he came from. This leads to an amusing conversation where Logan is confused about the existence of a Female Thor. Of course the comic gets dark when Logan tortures civilians for information they don’t have. As extreme as his methods are in this issue, it all feels in character, and Kate’s reaction to his behaviour also feels right. Nothing in this issue’s writing is particularly special, but everything does fit together for an overall good comic.
Andrea Sorrentino’s art on the other hand is utterly fantastic. As usual, there’s a painted quality to everything on page. Kate’s reaction to Logan’s appearance is perfectly expressed with her face, and how she slowly lowers her bow as Logan explains why he showed up at her apartment. The flashback to the wastelands while he’s healing from his Hulk fight shows a good mix of a post-apocalyptic world and a nice beach, with the destroyed sentinel in the background covered in vines, and the fairly clean water. There are nice touches added to the environments, from the mug with the Hawkeye symbol on it to the well-varied buildings in the backgrounds while the pair runs over rooftops. Marcelo Maiolo’s colouring is also great. There’s a slight washed out feel with the colours, but it actually benefits Sorrentino’s style, and he makes great use of overall shading to emphasize each scene’s mood.
Although this story arc is predictable by nature, the writing is still good and the art is fantastic. Fans of both the original Wolverine and Old Man Logan should check this series out. It’s not quite good enough to recommend to anyone just yet, and it’s possible that this story arc won’t be that good, but this series could very well become great once Logan starts adjusting to the main Marvel Universe.