Old Man Logan #28
Writer: Ed Brisson
Artist: Mike Deodato Jr.
Colorist: Frank Martin
The Maestro and his Hulk Gang grow closer to their goal of world domination and destruction. But an unexpected visit from Clint Barton, aka, Hawkeye and another, may just help Old Man Logan get to the monsters before they destroy this entire world!
What you’ll find out: Flashback: The Wastelands from where Old Man Logan comes from. Someone has been stealing livestock from his farm. Logan and his friend Clint Barton are hiding out, waiting for the perpetrator to arrive. Hearing noises, they discover a young female Hulk stealing a pig. Hawkeye is prepared to shoot her but Logan stops him saying “she’s a child”. Logan explains that he needs the pigs to pay for rent to her father, Banner. If she steals from him, then shes stealing from her father. With obvious disdain, she states “I don’t care… that s. o. b. can rot in hell!” Logan finds out that the young girl has run away from home. He senses her fear and hate for her father, so he allows her to leave with this one last pig since he realizes she needs to eat. Barton tells Logan he’s gone too soft and that one day, this will come back to haunt him.
Flash forward, to Now, specifically to remote Yukon Territory, Canada. A bloody and beaten Hulk Gang member, Jozelle, stumbles into to the Maestro’s camp. With her dying breath, she informs him that Logan escaped their hold and killed everyone, but not before torturing brother Horace and getting all the information regarding Maestro’s plan from him. Furious, Maestro commands the Hulk Gang to pack up and be ready to move to their next location. One of the Hulks, Bodean, begins to question Maestro’s competence and challenges him with a punch, knocking Maestro off his feet. Returning the punch to Bodean and knocking him off his feet, Maestro savagely beats Bodean, smashing his head to a bloody pulp. Enforcing his power and leadership, Maestro commands everyone to be ready to leave in 60 minutes. Fearful, they comply.
Back in Dawson City, Logan is hesitant to allow Hawkeye to accompany him but convinces Logan to let him help on this mission.
The Maestro’s convoy stops at a large viewpoint on the side of the mountain. It is snowing and the view of the area is impressive. The Maestro, in his human form, brings young Malakai to the ridge, telling him this is where it all begins. Playing off of the treatment they received from Banner, Maestro praises the Hulks, as they strap nuclear cores to their backs.
At the Maestro’s last base, Logan and Hawkeye arrive to find the empty shells of the nuclear warheads. Not knowing where they have gone or what to do, Cambria appears, telling them she knows where they went. Hawkeye draws his bow, but Cambria states, ” Please… I want to help. You helped me once before…do you remember?” Instantly, Logan recognizes her as the young hulk child he was kind to, so long ago. Cambria tells her story about how they were promised greater things and a better life than what they had with Banner, but Maestro is just as violent. She will help them as long as they promise to rescue the children Maestro has with him, but they must hurry because they’re “almost out of time”.
The Maestro sends the Hulks with warheads on their backs out. The time has come.
What worked for me and what didn’t: Ed Brisson has truly created a gem of a tale with Days of Anger. In Part 4, we finally see just what the deal is with Cambria, who has been resistant to the Maestro since the beginning of the story. The pacing and characterization are on point, even delivering some humorous banter between the timeline-crossed buddies, Logan and Hawkeye. We get to see the savagery of the Maestro as he beats one of the Hulks to death, yet shows tenderness to the young Malakai, who still remains somewhat of a mystery. As I’ve stated in past reviews for the storyline, the events of the comic play out like a film. I can easily see this story translated to the big screen.
Mike Deodato Jr.’s art cements the “big screen”, action-packed quality of the book, with each page truly being a work of art. The detail here, which is reminiscent of George Perez coupled with the realistic style harkening back to Neal Adams is quite impressive. I hope this team remains on the book for a long time!
As we gear up for the finale of Days of Anger, I continue to be truly entertained and impressed by the creative team. A virtually flawless book!