Review: Wolverine #66

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Wolverine #66
‘Old Man Logan, Part 1’
Writer: Mark Millar
Penciler: Steve McNiven: Inker: Dexter Vines

Trust me.

That’s what Mark Millar seems to be telling us.

When the cover shouts, “WOLVERINE’S ALL-TIME GREATEST ADVENTURE BEGINS HERE!”, one doesn’t expect to find a very quiet, very pacifistic tale. In fact, this story seems the polar opposite of the last great future Wolverine storyline, ‘Days of Future Past.’

That’s not to say that this story might not be great. But it’s not a very auspicious start.

That said, Steve McNiven’s art is stellar (as usual) and his rendition of Old Man Logan has the potential to reach iconic status.

One just hopes that Mark Millar will dazzle us in the ensuing seven issues.

From Marvel (preview): “‘MARK MILLAR and STEVE MCNIVEN—who last teamed for the monumental CIVIL WAR—bring us the most important WOLVERINE story of the 21st Century. Nobody knows what happened on the night the heroes fell. All we know is that they disappeared and evil triumphed and the bad guys have been calling the shots ever since. What happened to Wolverine is the biggest mystery of all. For 50 years, no one has heard hide nor hair from him…and in his place stands an old man called Logan. A man concerned only about his family. A man pushed to the brink by the HULK GANG. A man forced to help an old friend—the blind archer, HAWKEYE—to drive three thousand miles to secure his family’s safety. Get ready for the ride of your life, Logan.” On sale June 18, 2008.

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12 years ago

Interesting… hadn’t thought of ‘Unforgiven.”

In Wizard #202, Mark Millar makes a ballsy pronouncement, “Our plan was to make this Wolverine’s ‘Dark Knight Returns.'”

Now granted Book One of ‘Dark Knight Returns’ was 48 pages, but at least the reader was grabbed by the throat with the first issue. With ‘Old Man Logan.’ I was left shrugging my shoulders.

Glenn Selser
12 years ago

I think the pacfist stuff will go away after a couple of issues. He is definately channelling “Unforgiven” here. I liked the new map of the USA and hope we get a bit of story about it.
I agree its too early to tell, but I have high hopes and I like Steve McNiven.

12 years ago

I think it’s unfair to say “pacifist ” Wolverine is out of character. He is shown in the beginning of the story as a “defeated” and “tortured” Wolverine. Their might be a good reason he has given up. And I like to see a new side to Logans character. It gets boring when we see him as this “indestructible” bad ass. And the ending did leave me wanting more and I know I’m not the only one who felt this way. The Hulk’s descendants were hilarious and interesting. Also I like the idea of Logan traveling with a blind Hawk… Read more »

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