For those who haven't been keeping up with Marvel Comics, things are about to get real confusing, real quick. But the simple version? Tying into the publisher's epic, months-long event "Secret Wars," which smashes together various Marvel alternate realities, they're also bringing back fan-favorite titles from the past for continuations and expansion series.
One of those realities? The best-selling "Old Man Logan," a storyline from 2008-2009 that showed the future of the sharpest X-Man, Wolverine. Only one problem: the Wolverine in the Marvel Universe is dead. D-E-D, dead. So how is he coming back now? And why?
To find out more -- as well as how this brings artist Andrea Sorrentino exclusively to Marvel Comics -- we talked to writer Brian Michael Bendis:
MTV News: Brian, Wolverine died, so this makes no sense? What’s going on???
Brian Michael Bendis: "Secret Wars" is what’s going on. "Secret Wars" is opening doors all over the Marvel Universe, and behind one of those doors is one of the best characters of the last 10 years thanks to Mark Miller and Steve McNiven... Old Man Logan. He's been sitting on a shelf for a very long time, and it’s time for him to come out and play.
And by play I mean murder everybody who has it coming to them.
MTV: Like you said, "Old Man Logan" was a pretty big book for Marvel; so how does this tie into that take - and how is it different?
Bendis: It completely follows the original storyline’s logic and continuity, while at the same time this new story will be one of the most important chapters of the "Secret Wars" universe.
At the end of the original "Old Man Logan," he started a journey to change the world around him. We're going to see just how successful he was and if the events of "Secret Wars" are a help or hindrance to his life’s mission.
MTV: You’ve written a few different iterations for Wolverine at this point, so how does "Old Man Logan" stand out?
Bendis: I think this is one of Mark’s best books. I said it when it came out and I say it today. I’ve reread it a few times over the years knowing that I was going to be doing this, and I am in total awe of how much fun this book was while being completely honest and true to the spirit of Wolverine. Like "The Dark Knight Returns," you can’t imagine a better look into the character's future, a more logical look at how it all turns out, than this.
This iteration is very much like Clint Eastwood’s "Unforgiven" character. A man who has had everything taken from him… more than once. A man who has seen it all and done it all and yet at the end of the day he still picks himself up and tries to fight the good fight.
You don’t have to have read the original series to understand what we’re doing. But if you have, and I highly recommend that you do just for pure entertainment’s sake, it absolutely follows what came before it. I think this is a logical progression for the character and the world around him.
MTV: Andrea Sorrentino is joining on art — and is now Marvel exclusive! What’s it like to have him on board, and what makes his take on "OML" unique?
Bendis: Well, after our very successful collaboration on this year’s "X-Men" Annuals, he became my number one choice to do this project. One of the great things about the original "Old Man Logan" series is that it is the work of one of our greatest comic book artists, doing the work of his life. I think that subconsciously people will want the same thing from this... And at the same time I don’t think they want a Steve Mcniven knockoff or clone. I think they want someone of equal genius ability but with their own voice. That’s Andrea.
What he is going to bring to this is going to be unlike anything else on the stands. I’m so excited for these pages, I get goosebumps just thinking about them.
MTV: Overall, what's the experience of working on one of these "Secret Wars" spin-off books? The whole event is gigantic, so how has the coordination on this been different — or not — from your regular, run of the mill gigantic event comic?
Bendis: People are now getting a sense even from the few announcements so far, including the end of the Ultimate Universe, that every single series launching during "Secret Wars" is actually an event unto itself. The end of the Ultimate Universe is an event, the return of "Old Man Logan" is an event, the other book I’m doing that we haven’t announced yet is an event... It feels like you are writing a very important Marvel comic because you know that the repercussions of all of this will be felt for years to come. That is a good feeling. Working with the best artists in the business on these stories is a very good feeling.
Check out the official info on the title, below!
OLD MAN LOGAN #1
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art by ANDREA SORRENTINO
Cover by ANDREA SORRENTINO
Variant Cover by STEVE McNIVEN
Enter the Wastelands…a realm where all heroes have been murdered by their arch-enemies, villains who now rule over the land with an iron fist. In the midst of this dystopian chaos, one man may make a difference…a reluctant warrior who was once the greatest mutant of all…a man known as OLD MAN LOGAN.
40 PGS./Rated T …$4.99