The tale told in Old Man Logan is not a happy story by any stretch. Given, Wolverine isn’t the most cheerful guy in the world, but Millar took the dark tone of Wolverine’s life to a whole new level for this book. In this particular world, the villains have won, and most of the world’s superheroes are dead. Logan himself disappeared after it all went down, and for decades he has lived in seclusion, swearing to never pop his claws again. That is until Hawkeye shows up with a job that would pay enough money to keep Logan’s family safe from the Hulks that have taken over his part of the US.
The story is a journey across this new world in a future that would make any Marvel fan gasp in horror. It’s dark, harrowing, and brutal, Logan discovering what had happened to the world’s heroes one tale at a time, each one more tragic than the last. Throughout the story, you learn what happened to Logan when the heroes fell, how the villains took over, and the real reason Hawkeye brought him on this trip.
Slowly but surely, Logan is forced to fight again and again, his honour not allowing him to sit by and watch the injustices of this new world continue in front of him. With each step on the journey, Logan becomes closer to returning to being the best in the world at what he does, and the things he does become less pretty with each turn of the page. Finally, the showdown with the Hulk gang happens, with Logan going on a rage-filled rampage in one of the bloodiest and most gruesome comic book issues I’ve ever read. In the end, Logan leaves his farm and begins travelling the world, becoming the Wolverine once again and continuing a fight that he had long thought wasn’t his anymore.
Millar, who is known for his violent, unapologetic style of storytelling, pulls no punches. Each battle is more brutal than the last, Logan’s heartbreaking story taking the reader on a journey that is uncomfortable, disturbing, and mesmerizing all at once. There were several times where I had to put the book down for a few minutes to absorb what had just happened.
However, despite the violence and brutality of the work, I couldn’t help for feel for Logan every step on his journey. Here he was, once one of the most dangerous men on the planet, and all he wanted was to care for his family and not harm anyone ever again. But his old life kept pulling him back in, and become who he was meant to be for good or ill. If Old Man Logan accomplished anything is that it showed the sheer brutality of evil and how if one good man could stand against it, then things have a chance of being better. Many criticize Millar’s violent style of writing, but it should be said that Millar also provides a lot of hope in his stories, and that hope in Old Man Logan is that if Logan can continue his fight, maybe he can make his world better, even if only a little.