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Wolverine #67

Posted: Tuesday, July 29, 2008
By: Erik Norris

Mark Millar
Steve McNiven, Dexter Vines (i), Morry Hollowell w/ Christina Strain (colors)
Marvel Comics
Editor's Note: Wolverine #67 arrives in stores tomorrow, July 30.

The first issue of "Old Man Logan" was a fantastic setup. It really let you into the mind of Logan while still keeping the story's secrets hidden for future exploration over the course of this eight part story. However, here in part two, we get pretty much the same thing over and over again. Hawkeye asks Logan to stop the act and pop his claws, Logan refuses, continuing to say he's a changed man. I think this conversation happens maybe three times over the course of this single issue. The rest of the issue is then dedicated to fan service for Marvel enthusiasts. I understand the premise of this series demands a look at what exactly lead to this particular future, but when an entire script only delivers winks and nudges to the most hardcore of Marvel fans instead of driving the plot forward, it becomes a true case of decompressive storytelling. The entire narrative contents of issue #67 could have easily been inserted into next month's issue, saving everyone three dollars to waste on a stripper.

Now I'm sure a lot of fans will justify this issue as "world building" but so much could have been cut from the final version of the script and still delivered a sense of what happened to our Earth's Mightiest Heroes. For example, all that is really needed is the image at the very end of the issue in Hammer Falls, Nevada. That single page sums up everything about this world's future, everything else is just excessive.

Speaking of art, it continues to be absolutely gorgeous. Steve McNiven has really topped himself when it comes to rendering dynamic figures while drawing a perfectly believable post-apocalyptic Marvel Universe. Just being able to identify every wrinkle and strand of hair on Logan's head helps ground the story and really deliver a sense of realism to this otherwise fantastic story. However, I do want to note the change in colorist for the second half of the issue that was really off putting. See, "Old Man Logan" is a post-apocalyptic world where everything is dry and dull. The book's normal colorist Morry Hollowell captures this perfectly, but when Christina Strain steps in, everything gets a lot shinier. It really detracts from the overall look and feel of the book. Plus Strain's coloring makes Steve McNiven's pencils work look like Adrian Alphona's later work on Runaways. I'm not sure anyone else will see that, but that is what instantly popped into my head.

Overall Wolverine #67 just didn't capitalize on the great setup presented by part one of "Old Man Logan." Issue #67 gives very little in the way of plot development, instead meandering around by showing eye candy to trick Marvel fanatics into thinking this is a worthwhile issue. The cliffhanger was also a letdown for me because it reveals why there are so many issues to this storyline. And while anyone with eyes could have seen things not going as planned, I thought the reason for a detour would have been a lot more exciting than what was revealed. Overall, issue two of "Old Man Logan" was just adequate enough to keep me around for at least next month's issue, but by no means was it up to the caliber of the storyline's first issue.



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