OLD MAN LOGAN #30 BY ED BRISSON, MIKE DEODATO, FRANK MARTIN, ANDRES MOSSA, CHRIS STOTOMayor
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Summary
OLD MAN LOGAN #30 ends the "Days of Anger" story with a unique entry in the Hulk/Wolverine rivalry. Old Man Logan battles the Maestro as Ed Brisson makes this old rivalry seem new again. There are a few artistic missteps, but it's a pretty solid closer all the same.
85 %
New Classic

OLD MAN LOGAN #30 ends the “Days of Anger” story in the best way possible. Logan battles the Maestro (the evil Hulk of FUTURE IMPERFECT), giving new life to the Wolverine/Hulk rivalry. It also adds plenty of drama for the fate of the alternate Hulks waiting to see the victor.

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

Everything Old Is New Again

The issue picks up right from the last. Malakai (a Hulk-child from another universe) threatens to pop the Maestro’s nuke and make a world of Hulks. Logan and Maestro both try to influence him (with Hawkeye and renegade Hulk Cambria watching). This functions as a powerful start to the issue, with great possibilities. Logan has always been good with troubled kids, but Malakai looks to Maestro like a father. Before they can get through to him though, Hawkeye decides that he needs to step in.

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Apparently it didn’t work. COURTESY OF MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT

The ensuing explosion is just a trick arrow though, and Maestro recovers the still-intact nuke for himself. Hawkeye tries to stop him, only to apparently get crushed under a jeep. However, Logan rages into fighting. It’s a great shout-out to Wolverine’s debut against Hulk, especially with the recent passing of Wolverine co-creator Len Wein. Writer Ed Brisson enhances this rivalry by giving us two older, more hardened, and more desperate versions of Wolverine and Hulk. Maestro embodies every negative aspect of the Hulk and Bruce Banner, while Logan is haunted by his old, ruined world. It isn’t just two monsters fighting — it’s two embodiments fighting: unchecked greed versus tragic past. It adds new dimensions to the fight, which is far better then another Savage Hulk/Beserker Wolverine go around.

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The Weight of Art

The battle stands as unique, but the artwork unfortunately weighs it down somewhat. The artistic team of Mike Deodato, Frank Martin, Andres Mossa, and Chris Stotomayor seems to be adding a few elements too many. Many of the fight scenes work, but pages are filled with an abundance of lines, making the background look like a static-y TV. Proportion is also an issue. Logan looks way too muscular at times, like he should have trouble moving. The worst offender is Cambria, the renegade Hulk helping Logan. She appears like a bad drawing of She-Hulk, with an exaggerated upper body (huge shoulders and arms) and narrow waist. She looks inhuman, though given her (ahem) ‘pure’ bloodlines, maybe that’s the point.

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The art problems don’t distract from the the fight though, as Logan and other Hulk-Children manage to earn a stalemate with the Maestro. It should feel disappointing, but instead it feels like two old fighters that proved they can still fight. It’s a ROCKY BALBOA-esque scene, but it works. The ending references it as well, as Logan and Hawkeye (who obviously survived) walk along the highway and talk about how the past can eat you alive if you aren’t careful. It adds a new level to the ending (as if both Maestro and Logan know what will happen if they continue) and brings to mind classic Wolverine Len Wein would be proud of.

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Final Thoughts on OLD MAN LOGAN #30

OLD MAN LOGAN #30 brings to mind classic Wolverine, while updating it for a new generation. The story is strong and while the art has issues, it is mostly serviceable. Logan’s fate is open to question with the return of the classic Wolverine. These stories prove that his unique perspective make him worth keeping around.

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