Old Man Logan #23 ComicWow! Review

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After surviving the Wastelands, Old Man Logan awoke in the present, determined to prevent the death of his family. Logan is lost in time. While attempting to rescue a baby Hulk, Logan freed Asmodeus (a magical bad guy) from a high-security prison. But Asmodeus betrayed him and left him stranded in the timestream. Now, Asmodeus is selling Logan’s body to the highest bidder, while his consciousness is nowhere to be found.

Logan’s consciousness is actually in the past, within Madripoor. He has a run in with Dragonhead, and then jumps through time again, this time with the X-Men. He tries to get them to help him save his body in the future, but do the X-Men actually believe him or just think he’s been drinking again? Eventually, Logan is back in the Wastelands. In other words, he’s home. But this time, his family is alive. In a rush of emotion, he abandons the amulet he needs to time travel and decides to stay with his family. But will it last?

Lemire is able to make the script in this issue really easy to understand. Despite jumping through time and space, the issue feels as linear as any other story. The narrative is clear, concise, and to the point. In terms of characterization, we learn a bit about Logan here. Above all else, the loss of his family haunts him. He is willing to give up the present time to be with them again. He actually destroys the amulet, ensuring his place in the Wastelands with his family.

The kicker is that there’s a connection between Logan’s body (that Asmodeus is selling) and the one he keeps time hopping in. So, the disconnect between physicality and consciousness can’t end well…can it? Or will Logan finally be happy with his family again?

I have a feeling things aren’t going to go as perfectly as Logan has planned. Asmodeus stabbed Logan’s comatose body and he felt it in the past, in Madripoor. That has to say something about how fragile Logan’s situation is. Yeah, he has a healing factor, but what if getting hurt isn’t the only thing he has to worry about? It should be interesting to see where Lemire takes the story from here. Hell, maybe the X-Men caught enough of Logan’s story to lend a helping hand!

Nguyen’s artwork is gritty and dramatic. We see a lot of angular, sharp lines, heavy shadowing, and movement from panel to panel. Logan is on the move in nearly this entire issue, so the fluidity and believability of the artwork holds a ton of weight.

It’s really interesting to look at Nguyen’s designs for Wolverine versus those for Old Man Logan. We get to see Wolverine at a much younger age, with tons of thick black hair, jeans and a tank, and a crap load of energy. But we also get to see the withered, beaten, white-haired Old Man Logan as he deals with what his life has become. Dude can’t catch a break, and it shows in his outward appearance.

This is a must-read book for any fan of Wolverine. Logan is seen in so many different lights and his personality is showing through quite a bit. We get to see yet another struggle that he has to face but, let’s be honest; do we ever get tired of seeing Logan come out on top? Didn’t think so. The only question now is whether or not he’s safe where he has chosen to stay. Only time will tell, so head to your local comic shop to keep reading!

Written by: Jeff Lemire

Illustrated by: Eric Nguyen