Following the conclusion of the “Return to the Wastelands” arc in Old Man Logan #18, writer Jeff Lemire and artist Filipe Andrade give Logan a new mission. One that brings him into direct conflict with several of the Marvel Universe’s heaviest hitters.
Old Man Logan #19 (Marvel Comics)
Old Man Logan #19 kicks off the two-issue “Gone Real Bad” arc. True to its title–and the former-Wolverine’s penchant for doing whatever he wants–it focuses on our hero’s desire to return to the Wastelands. For real this time, as the last arc was all a mental illusion courtesy of a Brood-controlled Jean Grey.
But it was in that illusion that Logan saw what could happen to the baby Hulk he was caring for without his guidance. The harsh Wastelands basically turn the little guy into another Maestro, because that’s what Hulks become when they go bad. And we can’t have any more Maestros, so Logan’s got to return to where he came from, pick up the baby and come back to his new timeline.
The problem is, no one wants to help him do that.
As Logan (and readers) aren’t quite sure if he came from the future or the possible future of another dimension, this isn’t as simple as plugging in Dr. Doom’s time machine. Logan needs a little magic as well, so he pays a visit to his fellow Extraordinary X-Man Magik. And while people love Wolverine (just look at those Logan box office numbers), she and other Marvel masters of science and magic aren’t so eager to mess around with the timestream.
This leads Logan to the one place he can find someone willing to assist him: a maximum-security super-prison.
Overall, it’s a fun Logan story that shows while the mutant may be older and more mature, it’s hard to shake those rebellious tendencies. It also features a surprise cameo by another universe-displaced Marvel hero. He has the best line of the book – “Seriously, I’m getting really tired of these hero-versus-hero stories.” Amen.
The art by Andrade is quite different from what we usually see from Andrea Sorrentino, but it’s dynamic enough to work for this story. At times, the pencils remind me of those of Humberto Ramos, just with a sketchier quality to them.
Oh, one more thing. You may want to read Old Man Logan #19 with a copy of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe nearby, as the cliffhanger may leave you questioning just how much of a Marvel Zombie you truly are.