Monday, 14 November 2016

Wolverine: Old Man Logan: Warzones! Review (Brian Michael Bendis, Andrea Sorrentino)


Old Man Logan: Warzones is a sequel to Mark Millar and Steve McNiven’s fantastic original Wolverine story as well as a tie-in to Jonathan Hickman’s Secret Wars. Brian Michael Bendis writes this time around with artist Andrea Sorrentino and it’s an ok book, which actually puts it above the majority of the terrible Secret Wars comics! 

Old Man Logan finds an Ultron head in the desert and sets out to discover where it came from, a journey that takes him the length and breadth of Doom’s Battleworld. 

If you’re planning on reading Secret Wars and its tie-ins, Old Man Logan is one of the best books to read first. It doesn’t have a strong story but it does introduce the layout and rules of Battleworld pretty well. We meet the Thors, Doom’s police, as well as the X-Men realm, Tony Stark’s Technopolis, and the Deadlands (home to the Marvel Zombies). 

Andrea Sorrentino’s art is amazing, particularly the smoky landscapes of Logan’s western/desert home, and the action looks appropriately visceral and violent for a Wolverine comic. I definitely enjoyed the art far more than Bendis’ unimpressive script and barely-existent story, though he does write a good Logan.

Old Man Logan is worth a look if you’re a fan of that version of the character, and it tees up the great ongoing series by Sorrentino and Jeff Lemire, but of the three Old Man Logan books so far published, Bendis’ addition is definitely the weakest.

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