Brian Michael Bendis and Andrea Sorrentino’s “Old Man Logan” #2 opens with Logan reaching the top of the Shield wall, an impossible feat that draws the attention of the Thor Corps. One Thor, bearing a resemblance to Storm and Beta Ray Bill, is all it takes to knock the one-time Wolverine from the top into seeming oblivion.
Sorrentino’s art is filled with rigid, stiff figures that are bristling with texture, which works for this story. The artist doesn’t draw the motion so much as he contributes key frames along the path of motion, inserting the illusion of motion without slavishly drawing repetitious figures. Working in concert with colorist Marcelo Maiolo and letterer Cory Petit, Sorrentino dials up the impact of collision scenes. Shadows are augmented and shaded, while the background takes on the hue of blood. “Old Man Logan” #2 is one of the most successful applications of this visual team’s unique style. The Horsemen blowing out a wall is equal parts lighting, design, typography and technique. This type of impact is called upon several times throughout the issue, as Bendis asks his collaborators to underscore the adventure.
Bendis’ tale would appear to be an alteration of the hero’s journey, but this leg of the quest involves familiar faces in a most unfamiliar manner. Logan appears to have fallen into the domain of Battleworld containing refugees from the “Age of Apocalypse” storyline. Bendis gives readers some funny banter and plenty of panels with talking heads, but he packs a lot of action into the issue, including appearances by Sabretooth, a fight with a tiger and a judgmental visit from Emma Frost. Taking the lead from DC’s “Convergence” matchups, Bendis mixes the worlds of “Old Man Logan” and “Age of Apocalypse” to great effect, eclipsing the fact that this story so closely parallels the plot of the recent event from the distinguished competition with a solid story, vital characters and plenty of action.
“Old Man Logan” #2 is another example of what the notion of Battleworld can be pushed to include. Anything can happen, from the “impossible” feat that opens the issue to the jaw-dropping potential battle that readers are left with at the conclusion of this comic. There is a lot to like here and a lot more ground for Bendis, Sorrentino, Maiolo and Petit to continue to explore. Logan is the center of the adventure, and the adventure is his quest for the point of origin of last issue’s Ultron noggin, but there are plenty of other characters and concepts to impress readers along the way.