Ever since Marvel resurrected Old Man Logan, I was skeptical the character could work. Thankfully, I was proven wrong over and over, including in Ed Brisson and Mike Henderson’s Dead Man Logan. The series will presumably end this character’s run now that Wolverine is back, so in a sense, “Sins of the Father” is the first half of the final period on the character. Is it good?
So what’s it about?
The official summary reads:
The writing’s been on the wall for months now…Old Man Logan is dying. And he ain’t going to get better this time. Sick from the Adamantium coating his skeleton, Logan’s search for a cure has led to nothing but dead ends. But for once, he’s actually trying to leave this world with some unfinished business. Can Logan take his last breath without slaughtering the X-Men again? Not if Mysterio has anything to say about it! The villain means to set in motion the mutant massacre at the crux of Old Man Logan’s apocalyptic future timeline. But is someone pulling Mysterio’s strings? The master of illusion’s newest benefactors will surprise you…and Logan!
Why does this matter?
Witness Logan’s final redemption as he tracks down to kill Mysterio. Also, Logan fights the Avengers and even meets himself!
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
This trade paperback houses the first six issues of the series and feels complete in its own right. There’s a definitive beginning, middle, and end thanks to Mysterio’s place in the narrative. Logan wants him dead seeing as how in the not-too-distant future Mysterio has Logan kill all the heroes using his powers. Harsh. This is a very different Mysterio though, who is written well by Brisson. He’s a bit bumbling and honestly, it’s hard to believe he’d be capable of manipulating a hero to do so much killing. Maybe he’s changed since Logan has been in the 616 for so long so it doesn’t matter, but Logan wants him dead and hunts him down for much of this collection.
Throughout, Brisson and artist Mike Henderson do a good job keeping the reader entertained as exposition is delivered. Logan ends up teaming up with an Avenger which allows for some B-lister jokes as well as a fun element to tie the usually grumpy Logan to. Glob is a standout mutant who appears throughout the story arc, and the way he’s written he stands out. Brisson adds a touch of humor to Glob who has always been a bit weird, but his awkwardness shines through here.
This story arc also offers plenty of fight comic goodness with Logan fighting the Avengers in a banger of a fight sequence. Another great element of this story is Miss Sinister, who comes off as a proud mastermind who can’t quite get the show on the road. There’s a great exchange between her and Sin about priorities. It’s clear Sin is too in-the-moment to really mastermind this plan and it’s fun to see how Mysterio’s bubbling nature jives with Sin’s.
Henderson’s art is excellent in the series and his ability to draw a mean fight sequence is unparalleled. Logan has to cut through a number of villains and his scrappy ways are on full display. Glob is incredibly weird looking and Henderson does a great job instilling a sense of awkwardness, humor, and even care within the character. Heck, you’ll even feel for Mysterio, who is unquestionably a bastard. Facial expressions across the board are great which is a good thing since there are a few dialogue-heavy scenes.
It can’t be perfect, can it?
The story is convenient when it needs to be, ushering Logan to the next destination. It’s also odd how Logan is, without a doubt, planning on killing Mysterio, but Hawkeye is totally cool with that? The two band together for much of the story and it seems strange Hawkeye doesn’t even try to talk him out of it. It seems like a glaring element that should have come up. I guess the Avenger has some contingency plan to stop Logan if it comes to that, but it seems like a missed element.
The final confrontation between Logan and Wolverine feels a bit expected. They find each other simply because they can smell real well, ignoring the fact that Wolverine has been hopping around the globe. It reads like a fan service moment, which is fine in some respect I’m sure readers loved it, but story wise it seems stuffed in.
Is it good?
This is a good first half to a series bidding farewell to a character we no longer need now that the bonafide version is back. It’s tying up loose ends and giving Old Man Logan the respect he deserves.