The second Mark Miller comic I mooched during my time in Vancouver was Old Man Logan. It’s a ‘what if’ story, set fifty years in the future in a world where the supervillains won. They teamed up for once and managed to kill most of the superheroes in America. Wolverine, who now only goes by Logan, is one of the few left alive, and he’s just trying to live life with his small family on a farm. He hasn’t drawn his claws, or hurt anyone, for fifty years, not since he went through a traumatic experience in the X-Mansion during the attack.
His farm is in an area conquered and ruled by The Hulk and a few generations of his children, green hillbilly thugs that are products of an incestuous relationship. Logan’s late on his rent, and the Hulk kids don’t take kindly to missed payments. Luckily for him, and the plot, Hawkeye picks this opportune moment to come to him with a job. It’s a delivery, so they travel across part of America in what’s essentially a post-apocalyptic travelogue.
One thing that bugged me about this comic, and I know it doesn’t matter at all, was that Miller doesn’t try to explain why Logan is suddenly aging the same as everyone else. I know that any reason he could come up with would be silly, but it just bugs me that it wasn’t addressed. Old Wolverine is pretty great, but huge elephant in the room people! I need some answers!
I really liked this comic. There was certainly fan service, but it was a fun story with some genuinely suprising scenes and some pretty badass moments.