By which I mean, he has a lot of people to kill. What, you thought a new comic starring the angry, bitter, elderly Logan would be about his grocery needs or something?
Spoilers ahead for Old Man Logan #1, by Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino, Marcelo Maiolo, and Cory Petit.
There are currently two Wolverines running around in Marvel’s “All-New, All-Different” universe, neither of which are technically the Wolverine people are most familiar with (since he’s been dead since 2014). They are Laura Kinney, a.k.a. X-23, a.k.a. All-New, All-Different Wolverine, and Old Man Logan, a time-displaced elderly, alternate version of Wolverine from a future where supervillains teamed up, murdered every superhero, and ruled over the world in a nightmarish dystopia. This Logan first appeared in the 2008 storyline Old Man Logan, by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven.
Comic books, ladies and gents.
Naturally, Old Man Logan follows the latter of the two Wolverines. He’s a man from an apocalyptic time who suddenly finds himself back in a world before everything went wrong. The series begins just as he’s been displaced back into 2015, with no idea of where or when he is (to make matters even more confusing, he’s also currently running around as part of the team in Extraordinary X-Men).
The first issue frequently flashes back to Logan’s past in the future—please insert a “wibbly wobbly, timey wimey” gif here—a terrible world where all of his friends are dead and his wife and son eke out a living on a farm before they’re brutally murdered by a gang of Hulks. Once he realizes where/when he is, Logan sees an opportunity to prevent the nightmare future he came from in the only way he’d see it—by killing the people responsible before they can set forward in their course of action.
He starts off with a low-rent villain called the Black Butcher, someone insignificant in the present but in the futureis the owner of a local supplies market that harasses Logan and his son. In the present, the Butcher is nothing more than a robber, barely on the radar of anyone, let alone the superhero world—so as an act of vengeance against his future indiscretions, Logan simply lops his arm off before skewering him through the neck with his claws.
He’s the best at what he does, and what he does isn’t very nice. You know the drill. At the very end of the issue, we see Logan cross the Butcher off his list of four targets... and the next one is a bit of a surprise.
Bruce Banner, the Incredible Hulk. Oh dear.
Bruce hasn’t had much of a role (or even a mention) in the comics so far—in fact, there’s a completely different Hulk running around, the alter-ego of the supergenius kid Amadeus Cho, so one of the first times we actually get to see him in this universe is going to be when Logan tries to do some very bad things to him. Plus, what the hell did Bruce do to help create the future Logan came from in the first place? Since he’s on Logan’s list alongside villains like Mysterio and the Red Skull, it seems like the Hulk has some explaining to do. Will have some explaining to do? Time travel is hard to write about, you guys.