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Wolverine: Old Man Logan

This is not a review. If you came looking for a review, what you’ve found is a gushing love fest for a story I just read. Sorry. You can avoid the lengthy monologue below if you’re not into comics. If you are into comics, all you really need to know is BUY THIS BOOK TODAY!! You’ve been warned…

My love of storytelling came from comic books. As a kid, I wanted to be a comic book artist. Teensy problem: I couldn’t draw. Seeing that as a huge hurdle on my path to art superstardom, I decided to focus on the other part of the medium, the writing.

But I never lost my affinity for the realm of 4 Colors. I’d spend weeks going hungry at school so I could take my accumulated lunch money to the local comic book store and give it to the social malcontents who ran it (another story for another time). Me and my friends would engage in serious bartering sessions to get rare, prized issues of this title or that title. You would’ve thought we were trading Fortune 500 stocks.

I still have boxes of those very same books that came into my possession during various 5th, 6th, and 7th grade lunchroom sessions. I admit, with no shame at all, that I was a comic book geek.

Sadly, as an adult, I have not been able to engage in the hobby like I used to. Mainly because of inflation (a single issue of any given book is now roughly equal to 1 gallon of gas). Also, what was groundbreaking and heartwrenching to a a kid in the 90’s, is cliche to an adult in 2011. (Captain America is dead?!? Oh, wait, he died in ’07, but he’s going to come back just in time for the release of the Captain America film this summer. Whaaatttt? Didn’t see that coming…)

Occasionally, I’ll peruse the Graphic Novels section of my local B&N, and I might run across a compilation of some particular storyline that I’ll pick up just for kics. Usually, I end up disappointed. It’s all stuff I’ve seen before.

Until I read Wolverine: Old Man Logan by Mark Millar with art by Steve McNiven.

Wow. I can’t give this book enough praise. No spoilers here, but I can honestly say it’s THE most satisfying superhero story I’ve read in the last decade (keep in mind, I haven’t necessarily been paying attention, so if you know of something as good or better than this book, please point me to it so I can spend some hard earned money).

Wolverine, the biggest badass in the Marvel Universe, is an old, pacifist farmer with a wife and two kids 50 years after the supervillains defeated the heroes and took over America. Strapped for cash, her reluctantly goes on a road trip with his old buddy Hawkeye (now blind, but still likes to drive), to get the rent money he owes his landlords, the Incredible Hulk’s Hillbilly (“Green” Neck) grandchildren.

I felt like crying tears of joy after I read the first page. And the 50th page. And the last page. A true masterpiece…

Storytelling like that makes me simultaneously thankful I have eyes and jealous that I may never, ever come up with a concept THAT good.

If you ever picked up a comic book in your life, I highly recommend this book.

 

6 Responses to β€œWolverine: Old Man Logan”

  1. Erica says:

    I’m more of a DC girl…but based on your post, I’m going to pick this up as soon as I can! πŸ™‚ thanks for the recommendation. BTW,”Live Again” was AWESOME!!! I literally bought it last night on my cell version of Kindle AND read it in the same sitting. I’m here on your website looking for more! πŸ™‚

  2. L. R. Giles says:

    Erica, hi! I love DC, too. Have you ever read KINGDOM COME? If not, I gotta recommend…between KC and Old Man Logan I guess you can say I have an affinity for seeing our iconic superheroes reach their latter years. πŸ˜‰

    I’m glad you enjoyed LIVE AGAIN. Please spread the word!! And if you’re looking for more, I just launched my new collection THE SHADOWS GALLERY this weekend. Check out the page here on the site. It’s only 2.99 and you get 8 stories, plus some extras.

    Thanks a lot for checking in. Hope to hear from you soon.

  3. Erica says:

    Hi! I have not read Kingdom Come but will also check that out. I JUST finished reading The Shadows Gallery and came back to your site to see what else might be available for me to read. I notice you have several short stories in other books. I will check those out, too!! Please recommend more graphic novel/comic book reading! Especially graphic novels, as that’s my preferred format. πŸ™‚

  4. L. R. Giles says:

    Erica, thanks for checking out THE SHADOWS GALLERY. Wow, you’re a fast reader!! I wish I could get through books half as fast as you. πŸ™‚

    If you’re looking for more graphic novels (and since you’re a DC Girl) you might like “Superman: Red Son”…it’s a really cool ‘what if’ story, in this case, what if Kal-El’s ship had crashed in the Soviet Union instead of in America. Also, I really enjoy “Locke & Key” by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez. It’s more of a horror comic, but extremely well done.

    Is there anything you might recommend? I love graphic novels, too. I would love to try something I haven’t seen before.

  5. Erica says:

    Hello, LR!

    Based on your recommendation, I read “Kingdom Come” and I have to say I LOVED it!! Thank you so much for the suggestion. I wish I could say that I could recommend a great graphic novel to you. I HIGHLY suspect that most of what I’ve read, you’ve already read. This is mostly because the majority of the graphic novels I’ve read came from the local library when I lived in Alpharetta, GA. Many of them were older copies that have been around for a WHILE. I’m definitely going to check out Red Son.

    My boyfriend mentioned that Locke & Key will be available for free this Saturday during Free Comic Book day. I definitely plan to pick it up!

    By the way, I just finished reading “The Darkness Kept” (yes, I do read very quickly but only when the story is good! lol). All I can say is WOW what a wild ride! I can’t wait to post a review on it on Amazon.

    I have to admit that I was hesitant to read it at first (I don’t know why because I loved “Live Again” and “The Shadows Gallery”). I’m so glad that I did. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It seems as though you’ve left it with a cliff hanger (Ryan and also The Meridian Group). I surely hope that a sequel to this book is coming soon!!!

    Talk to you later! πŸ™‚

    Erica

  6. L. R. Giles says:

    Erica,

    Hi. It’s great to hear from you again. I’m really glad you liked KINGDOM COME, it’s one of my favorites. Also, it’s great to hear that you enjoyed THE DARKNESS KEPT. It’s one of the earliest novels I ever wrote that I thought had some merit, and I really loved writing Kendrick’s character. I left the ending open with sequels in mind, but whether or not I actually get to write them is a matter of time and demand. So please, spread the word. If more people read it and enjoy that would go a long way towards fueling a sequel.

    What other authors do you enjoy? I love to hear what people are reading. I try to keep up on a lot of things that come out, but I find the best books are the ones people recommend.

    Anyhow, it was great to hear from you again. And check the site often, I plan to release an Epic Fantasy novel that I co-wrote with a friend by the end of the summer. It’s got a lot of action and suspense so I think you might like. πŸ™‚

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