Saturday, October 29, 2011

Wolverine Vol. 3 - #66-72, Wolverine Giant-Size Old Man Logan [Wolverine: Old Man Logan mini-series]

Time to make up for my absence with a review. This story arc is set in an alternate dimension where the "Acts of Vengeance" storyline from 1989-1990 ended with the supervillians slaying the vast majority of superheroes. During that alternate dystopic ending, something (rather improbable even given the explanation, IMO) really traumatic happens to Wolverine, making him abandon his superhero identity and becoming a pacifist. In the future, the USA is ruled by supervillains who have each taken a large swath of the country under their control. A blind and ancient Hawkeye hires Wolverine to help him escort a package from California to Washington, DC, partly to help Wolverine pay the rent so the inbred kin of the Hulk doesn't kill his family.

The art is good, and the scenery interesting; but some of the stuff is short on logic, and the idea that anything could shock Wolverine (who has killed numerous people in rages before, not to mention having false memories of such incidents planted in his head) into being a pacifist is kinda ridiculous, IMO. Seems to me that when this sort of thing happened in the past he went animalistic for a while, not squeamish.

It's worth a read, but I wouldn't go out of my way to pick it up. C+