Page 45 Review by Stephen
Yes, okay, this was unexpectedly good fun.
Jay Leisten's inks over Greg Land's pencils has calmed down their overly slippery photorealism, breaking them up into something no less sturdy but far more involving. Too much gloss and you become removed from the proceedings: distanced to the point of uninvolved spectator. Land's Old Man Logan is one of the best interpretations I've seen, bearing both a humanity and spirit and - when required - a twinkle of experienced wisdom in his eyes.
Thankfully, there's also a great deal less objectification of the female cast, even though in one specific instance their predicament could have easily given opportunity for more.
Plus almost every Wolverine tale worth its salt will have at least one moment of bucolic tranquillity and a deer.
Oh wait, we don't call him Wolverine now that he has grey whiskers, do we? He's OLD MAN LOGAN and if you have no idea what that mean, then our reviews should sort you out.
My eyebrows knotted occasionally at some of the preposterous plot mechanics (if the Weapon X programme is so desperate for these five mutants' DNA, how is it that the relatively new Hulk, Amadeus Cho, has them all on file to make indentifying comparison points; also why?), but Greg Pak's dialogue here comes with a credible cadence for each individual along with equally credible twists for their novel new relationships - especially Logan's and Sabretooth's as allies - without once seeming forced or hokey. You can tell when someone is contract-bound, deadline-driven, work-for-hire writing-by-the-the-numbers but, far from predictable, it's actually delightfully deft.
Also clean: a clean start with clean art.
It's certainly no HAWKEYE or MS MARVEL nor DOCTOR STRANGE - each of which are relatively genre-free, less esoteric so excellent starting points for Marvel Comics - but if you really relish involved, superhero fisticuffs and are on the look-out for something else, this proved infinitely more fun for me than anything else currently being published by this confused and somewhat detached corporation outside of JESSICA JONES and INTERNATIONAL IRON MAN which has since become the even more enjoyably unpredictable INFAMOUS IRON MAN, both being written by Bendis.
So: in order to eradicate all mutants, a secretly revived off-shoot of WEAPON X has begun to capture previous recipients of its somewhat invasive medical procedures or other mutants with keen skills to add to their weaponised, bi-pedal arsenal. Every time they succeed and so upgrade their reconstituted assassins makes it more difficult for future targets to evade their grasp. Old Man Logan attempts to rally his similarly assaulted, potential new victims, but sometimes his reach and his speech don't prove long or convincing enough to win anyone over.
Thank goodness for young genius Amadeus Cho, then. Being human, he's not on the hit-list. As a caring individual who cannot abide the American authorities' disdain nay disgust for minorities, he is the mutants' most welcome ally. As the new Hulk, prepared to stick his green head above the parapet upon their behalf, he is also their potential saviour.
But as an involuntary blood donor straying far too close into Weapon X's predatory, opportunist sites, he may well prove the ultimate Weapon of Mass Mutant Destruction.