Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino’s current OLD MAN LOGAN book is a perfect example of what a sequel should be. It expands the universe, brings about new allies and enemies, and raises new questions about the titular character. The latest issue does all of that in a stylish, exciting way.

Issue #3 picks up where the last issue left readers hanging. Logan is bleeding out on Hawkeye’s floor and looking for help from his old ally. Thanks to Kate Bishop’s efforts, he lives, and we’re treated to another stellar flashback of Logan with his family before they were killed. As the issue progresses, he sets out on a mission with Hawkeye to find and kill Mysterio.

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READ: Still not caught up? Read our review of OLD MAN LOGAN #2 here!

The result is not what is expected. The questions Kate poses to Logan about the true reason behind his quest are questions that readers should actually ask themselves about the character. How can Logan justify his killing of these characters when they haven’t committed the crimes? What about when he’s not sure they even will commit them anymore? It’s nice to see Logan knocked down a peg by someone as awesome as Kate Bishop. It’s a unique dynamic that the book could utilize more. Overall, the questions posed by Lemire in this issue are really what the book needed to take the leap from good to great.

Lemire, on that note, seems to have hit his stride. OLD MAN LOGAN is a balancing act between past, present, and future. In this issue, it’s an equal amount of it all. With the looming threat of the future coming, Logan’s past is even more heartbreaking. Lemire manages to find subtle ways to bring in clever backstory to the universe, like having Logan’s kids find the skeletons of dead superheroes at the bottom of the ocean.

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Sorrentino, on the other hand does little of what has been distracting previously and amps up what makes his art mesmerizing. We are no longer required to deal with the dreaded panels within panels he often uses that end up crowding the spreads. Here, he lets the characters work for themselves, only using his technique rarely to stress the impact of an arrow or the swiping of a claw. To put it bluntly, the book looks badass. This is the art a Wolverine story deserves.

If Lemire, Sorrentino and company can keep this up, then OLD MAN LOGAN is going to be long remembered. It may not be as mind-blowing as the original series, but it is definitely a worthy sequel.

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