This week I am going to talk about the return of a fan-favorite character. Old Man Logan makes his long-awaited return in Marvel’s Old Man Logan #1, “Bezerker,” by Jeff Lemire with art by Andrea Sorrentino. This marks his return to a solo book after the events of Secret Wars and the return of Logan in any form after the Death of Wolverine last year.
The book starts with Logan waking up in New York City, naked and in the present day, which catches him completely off guard as he is used to living in a future wasteland ruled by super villains. He is soon on his feet though and finds an apartment to get clothes, after a slight altercation with the police. Once he is dressed and relatively safe he starts to flash back to his future. In this flashback he, and his son Scotty, got to the market to get a fan belt. While there he comes across The Black Butcher who hassles him.
Logan refuses to fight back, no matter how far he is provoked, as he knows it would mean the death of his son, his wife and his daughter. The Black Butcher goes so far as to steal Scotty’s hat and even smacks him. Back in the present Logan decides to make a list. We then see Logan jumping into action against the Black Butcher, having tracked him down in the present and deciding not to give him the chance to cross him in the future. The book ends with him executing The Black Butcher and crossing his name off of the list.
The writing was great in this issue; it’s Jeff Lemire after all, a master at the craft, who has been doing great things in the industry the past few years. The art is not really for me. I find it messy and at times to dark — literally. The shading is odd and the amount of lines on characters’ faces and bodies seem out of place.
The thing that really stands out for me is Logan’s reckless abandon of the timeline for selfish reasons. I understand him wanting revenge for wrongs done to his family, and a desire to prevent the apocalyptic world he lives in, but he is Wolverine. He was the crux of the time-breaking Age of Ultron event and, since he would have the memories of that Logan, presumably, should know better than to mess with the timeline.
Time travel is a messy thing and he of all people knows the consequences of making changes. I feel the Wolverine/Logan I know and love would realize that if he is not careful he could erase his family from the timeline completely. I felt like this is an extremely broken version of Logan. He has lived through hell, seen everyone he has ever loved killed, and now has a chance to fix it. I understand his motivations but it’s such a huge departure from the character that it didn’t sit well with me.
This book was ok, but again it just didn’t sit well with me. It gets 2/5 and an honest recommendation to try it — it may be for you.