Old Man Logan #5
By Brian Michael Bendis, Andrea Sorrentino and Marcel Maiolo
Old Man Logan has been about an alternate world Wolverine traveling from battleworld to battleworld looking to get where he belongs. All of this ends in this week’s Old Man Logan #5. We finally wrap up how he gets to his final destination and we also see some good interactions along the way. Brace yourself, for yet another tie-in book to finish a month ahead of the main Secret Wars story.
Brian Michael Bendis has made this series very interesting. His characterization of Logan has been pretty spot-on throughout the book, and we like this older version. This issue, Logan’s multi-battleworld journey ends as he meets up with the Ultimate End cast. This is the most exciting part of the book. Seeing Cyclops and Emma talk to a friend they thought dead was great. Bendis, who has been writing Uncanny X-Men, also has a good grip on those characters. It would have been nice to see more of their interaction, but the book only has so many pages. Bendis wraps this up nicely, although there is a bit where Emma and Logan are speaking telepathically near the end about the upcoming battle that comes off a little lame. It was similar to Commissioner Gordon’s voiceover at the end of the Dark Knight. Overall, this is a decent wrap up to a pretty good mini-series.
The pencils of Andrea Sorrentino are pretty much the highlight of any book. He’s very good with this issue, but there were a few panels where all the current X-Men were gathered around Logan, and some of their faces were pretty rough looking. Other than that, Sorrentino does his usual wonderful job. There is an awesome extreme close up of Doom’s face that has a reflection of the heroes coming at him in his mask. Sorrentino really lets us see some of Doom’s gross face, mainly his eyes and the destroyed skin around them, but it looks great. The colors this issue were handled by Marcel Maiolo. Maiolo has a very distinct style, and it works well with Sorrentino. He’s not afraid to use pulp style colors to make a panel stand out. Maiolo and Sorrentino work together pretty frequently, so they have a good rapport.
As we say goodbye to another mini-series, this is one that should have fans excited. Old Man Logan in the regular Marvel Universe should make for a ton of great interactions. Brian Michael Bendis did some good things with this series and definitely paved the way for this character to be a favorite again. The art has been consistently good throughout the entire run and the credit absolutely goes to Sorrentino and Maiolo. This was a pretty good book that may bring around people who aren’t Bendis fans.