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Article by Gregg Katzman; variant cover by Rafael Albuquerque

What’s your favorite Wolverine story? For many of you, I’m guessing Weapon X, Enemy of the State, and the Frank Miller and Chris Claremont limited series immediately came to mind, and understandably so – they’re all entertaining for totally different reasons. However, my top choice – and probably a top choice for many other people out there – is Mark Millar and Steve McNiven’s Old Man Logan. Now, Marvel has pulled the older James “Logan” Howlett from his twisted future and thrown him right into the present. This modern era may be very different, but could his future – a future where deadly villains joined forces to slaughter the heroes – still occur? Wolverine can’t shake the thought from his adamantium-laced head, and that important question is the driving force behind Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino, and Marcel Maiolo’s very awesome Old Man Logan #8.

*This article is spoiler-free*

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Cover by Andrea Sorrentino and Marcelo Maiolo

Jeff Lemire’s script is totally new reader friendly. Technically, every issue should be as long as there’s a good enough intro page (there is), but this issue feels like the perfect jumping on spot – an introduction to both the present Marvel Universe and Old Man Logan’s bleak future. (Obviously, I still recommend reading the first seven issues!) While the time spent in the present juggles an understandably worried Wolverine and a look at the current state of Marvel’s Earth (as well as some well-placed comedy), the time spent in the future is full of shocking action which reminds you why Wolverine is so determined to prevent his future from happening – and why he’s so afraid of it. These two drastically different settings bring a nice balance to the story, offering both plot and character progression, as well as explosive and shocking entertainment.

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Script by Jeff Lemire; artwork by Andrea Sorrentino and Marcelo Maiolo

Jeff Lemire has proven time and time that he’s a gifted writer (check out his new Moon Knight run with Greg Smallwood and Jordie Bellaire), and luckily for him, he’s working with artist Andrea Sorrentino and colorist Marcelo Maiolo, a duo who make the story look absolutely terrific. When the panels focus on action, it’s downright stunning and the big moments are truly powerful. I mean, just take a second to look at the small panel of Magneto and the other villains above this paragraph. Sure, the crashing Helicarrier is appropriately jaw-dropping, but that smaller panel does such an effective job pulling you into the moment and properly makes you realize that the heroes are facing a truly frightening threat. The artwork is consistently engaging and the visual highlights are obviously with the variety of action, but there’s one panel in the present that’s so immersive and proves this art team can sell calmness just as well as chaos.

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Script by Jeff Lemire; artwork by Andrea Sorrentino and Marcelo Maiolo

Thanks to a strong script and great artwork that fits the story very well, Old Man Logan #8 is an excellent standalone issue. Lemire’s script shows you a slightly more vulnerable and paranoid Wolverine and, without feeling redundant, properly reminds you why he’s so concerned about his potential future. Sorrentino and Maiolo then do an awesome job bringing the entire adventure to life and present it in a way that keeps you constantly connected to the story. It should come as no surprise by now that I really think you should give the current Old Man Logan run a shot. Seriously, it’s been legitimately great and easily one of my favorite current titles.

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