OLD MAN LOGAN, PART 1
MARK MILLAR and STEVE MCNIVEN—who last teamed for the monumental CIVIL WAR—bring us the most important WOLVERINE story of the 21st Century. Nobody knows what happened on the night the heroes fell. All we know is that they disappeared and evil triumphed and the bad guys have been calling the shots ever since. What happened to Wolverine is the biggest mystery of all.
For 50 years, no one has heard hide nor hair from him…and in his place stands an old man called Logan. A man concerned only about his family. A man pushed to the brink by the HULK GANG. A man forced to help an old friend—the blind archer, HAWKEYE—to drive three thousand miles to secure his family’s safety. Get ready for the ride of your life, Logan.
In an unknown place, unknown time period, the beaten and bloodied figure of Wolverine stumbles in the woods, under a red moon. The heroes fell defeated—no one yet knows exactly how—but Wolverine was hurt more than others. He disappeared and became a completely different person.
Now, 50 years into the future, a secluded farm in the desert of what used to be Sacramento, California. An old man on a horse—barely reminiscent of the fighter he used to be—gets back home. His oldest son notifies him that the tractor is broken again; Logan tells his wife he couldn't get the money for the rent. The collectors are about to come and demand their money.
Logan admits to his wife, Maureen, that he failed himself and his family. He can't pay the landlords, Hulk's grandchildren, and has possibly doomed his family for his mistakes.
Two days later, the Hulk Gang arrives at the farm and demands the money. The leader, Miss Banner, already knows Logan has no money to pay. Her brothers Charlie and Otis are ready to punish him. Logan doesn't react to their yells and suddenly pops his claws, cutting Charlie in a half, to the horror of his family. A moment later, everything is back to normal—the skirmish was all in Logan's head. He then answers that he is willing to take his punishment and the Hulk brothers hit him in a way that would've killed a normal person, the old man showing no objection. The Hulk Gang wants double payment next month and leaves the farm.
Logan is in his bed, bandaged and healing. An old friend, Hawkeye — now a blind man—pays him a visit. Hawkeye offers a solution: Logan will accompany him on a delivery job to New Babylon in the East Coast and get the money he needs for the rent. The next morning Logan says goodbye to his family. He's surprised to see the blind man in the driver's seat, but Clint says Logan's job is to read the map and warn him of obstacles. Logan is also surprised by the vehicle—a new version of the Spider-Mobile. The trip just started and from what the map shows—America divided to 6 different dangerous turfs—it won't be a smooth ride.
Always the redhead
Logan's attraction to redheads is evident even in the far future, in completely another life.
Finally! Over 50 years from now, the last issue of Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk will see the day of light, to the delight of thousands of readers.
What is and what should never be
Sadly, Logan slashing the Hulk Gang member was only a fantasy. In this reality, Logan bites his pride and lets the villains smash him to pulp. At least Grandpa Hulk would've been proud.
Eyes on the target
One of the few survivors from the old age of heroes, Clint Barton is now a blind man doing shows with his old bow and arrows. Too bad he mostly hits the crowd.
Pimp my Spider-Mobile
A new model built by Johnny Storm with modifications by Hawkeye, Spidey's old ride is now perfect for coast-to-coast illegal deliveries.