Comic Book: Old Man Logan

Old Man Logan is an eight-chapter story set in an Alternate Universe / Bad Future where the villains of the Marvel Universe took over the United States and divided it up into territories. A now pacifist Logan lives with his new family in "Hulkland" (formerly, The Abomination's Territory, formerly California) where the inbred children of an evil Hulk are the lords of the land. Logan is short on the rent, and must team up with a now blind Hawkeye to deliver a mysterious cargo in order to help keep his Landlords from killing him and his family.

In 2015, the storyline received a sequel as part of the Secret Wars (2015) crossover. Following the event, Old Man Logan will become a member of the All-New, All Different Avengers.

This story contains examples of:

  • Affirmative Action Legacy: The new Spider-Girl is Ashley Barton, the mixed-race daughter of Hawkeye. Also the new Kingpin is black.
  • Ax-Crazy: The Hulk Gang, most notably Luke.
  • Badass and Child Duo: Logan adopts the Hulk's infant grandchild in the end as his sidekick.
  • Bad Future: Like you wouldn't believe. Nearly all of the superheroes are dead, and the villains rule America.
  • Badass Grandpa: Hawkeye, Wolverine, Black Bolt, Red Skull.
    • And Bruce Banner.
  • Badass Longcoat: Wolverine wears one for only one panel, but it's one badass panel.
  • Bar Brawl: Averted by Logan, who is in no mood to deal with the idiots trying to pick a fight.
    Bar Jerk "Well excuse us, ladies. I didn't realize tonight was..." *tackled by Logan*
    Logan "Go ahead, Bub. Just try to make a joke!"
  • Big Damn Heroes: Black Bolt saves Wolverine and Hawkeye by shouting at a Venom-possessed T-Rex.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Logan's family have been killed by the Hulk Gang, but on a positive note the Hulk Gang and Red Skull are dead, and Wolverine is forming an Avengers team. If Old Man Logan does become the Hooded Man that appears in a Fantastic Four miniseries (as is heavily implied), then the future looks even better.
  • Blind Weaponmaster: You would think that Hawkeye being blind now would effect his ability to shoot arrows. You'd be wrong.
    Hawkeye "That's right, bitches. Just keep making noises!"
  • Bloodier and Gorier: A lot of it.
  • Book Ends: For Wolverine overall. He was first introduced in an issue of Incredible Hulk, facing off with the titular green giant. This (possible) finale of his story and character development ends with him facing off against the Hulk and his inbred gang.
  • Break Out the Museum Piece: When Wolverine fight in the Red Skull's trophy room.
  • Broken Hero: The reason Logan hasn't popped his claws in fifty years? "They broke me, Bub." They really, really did.
  • Cannibal Clan: You'll notice the Hulk Gang's food of choice is human limbs.
  • Car Fu: "It's the Spider-Buggy, dude. She can take her share of knocks."
  • Chekhov's Exhibit: Wolverine and the Red Skull fight in a room full of trophies taken from dead superheroes. The latter wields Black Knight's sword, while Wolverine uses Captain America's shield and pieces of Iron Man's armour.
  • Coat, Hat, Mask: Without the hat. The Red Skull now always wears Captain America's mask, often combined with his Badass Longcoat.
  • Cool Old Guy: It's not called Old Man Logan for nothin'.
  • Corrupt Hick: The Hulk Gang counts as this very much, even though they are located in California. The Hulk himself is the corrupt hick leading them and in charge of a territory called Hulkland. They are violent and quite murderous, considering how they murdered Logan's family and left the bodies unburied while he was busy trying to pay off a debt he owed them. Why? Because they got bored. They are a family of cannibals. Oh, and they are also inbred, because Hulk raped his own cousin Jennifer more than once to form the Hulk Gang!
  • Covers Always Lie: The cover of issue 2 shows Hammer Falls as being Thor's hammer surrounded by the costumed bodies of other heroes defeated there. In the actual issue it's just Thor's hammer, and most other heroes' remains are later shown to be in Red Skull's trophy room.
  • Crapsack World: Brought to you by President Red Skull! Not much is said about the world outside of the USA, but Red Skull implies that it's even worse off.
  • Creepy Child: Dwight
  • Day of the Jackboot: The Red Skull has turned his section of the former U.S. (the east coast) into this, with a dash of Big Brother Is Watching for good measure.
  • Death by Cameo: Punisher and Daredevil, albeit as legacy characters.
  • Dead Guy Junior: Logan named his son Scotty, after his deceased team-mate.
  • Dug Too Deep: Moloids have become a not uncommon problem, as the subterranean dwellers have started digging up to the surface in order to get away from the things they awoke when they invoked this trope. Presumably, some heroes (probably the Fantastic Four) would have gone on an adventure to the Inner Earth and solved the problem for the Moloids when it started, but they were all, you know, dead...
  • Enfant Terrible: Dwight, who uses the Ant-Man helmet to extort a fare for crossing a bridge. Anyone who doesn't pay gets devoured by ants.
  • Evil All Along: Ashley Barton, the granddaughter of Spider-Man turns out to be as evil as her father thought she was and just wanted to kill the Kingpin so that she could replace him.
  • Evil Old Folks: Bruce Banner, Red Skull, Dr Doom and really any of the original supervillains who are still ruling.
  • Evil Power Vacuum: It's safe to assume a lot of this goes on. After all, there's a different Kingpin now who apparently didn't have much trouble killing Magneto.
    • Bitch got old.
  • Face-Heel Turn: Bruce Banner.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: What the villains did to Wolverine on the day they took over.
  • Glory Days: Pretty much all the remaining heroes can do to cope is to reminisce
  • Great Offscreen War: We don't see much of America's fall, apart from when Red Skull kills Cap.
  • Handicapped Badass: Hawkeye is now blind. He still kicks ass.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Ultron, apparently.
  • He's Back: "The name isn't Logan, bub. (DOUBLE PAGE SNIKT!) It's Wolverine."
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Even in the future, this is still Logan's preference, as evident by his wife.
  • Incest Is Relative: The Hulk Gang's descended from Bruce and She-Hulk
  • Indulgent Fantasy Segue: Logan has some uncharitable thoughts about the Hulk Gang.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Emma Frost's reason for marrying her husband, Doctor Doom.
  • Just Eat Him: Bruce tries that with Logan. Apparently, he forgot the Healing Factor
  • Killed Off for Real: Before the story starts nearly all of the heroes are dead, including all of the X-Men, as are several villains including the original Kingpin, Magneto (by the second Kingpin), the Abomination and Loki.
    • In story, Red Skull, the second Kingpin, Hawkeye, Bruce Banner, Logan's family, and most of the Hulk Gang.
  • Lamarck Was Right: Played straight with the Hulk Gang, which is made up of Hulk's inbred offspring, but averted when it comes to mutants. Apparently, mutants in this continuity weren't the promised next stage in human evolution, just a "brief genetic anomaly". Notably, Logan's children lack a Healing Factor.
  • Legacy Character: Peter Parker's granddaughter, who becomes Spider-Girl and the third Kingpin. Her allies Punisher and Daredevil are probably not the originals too.
    • The Ghost Riders are a biker gang with skulls painted on their faces and flaming wheels on their bikes.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: Logan was really trying to hold back his Berserker Rage for most of the arc since it led to his greatest failure...then they killed his family. The remainder of the comic goes to show why you shouldn't piss off the Wolverine.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Black Bolt makes an appearance.
  • Master of Illusion: Mysterio (duh) plays an important role in the story. Also Emma Frost looks good for her age.
    Logan I don't get it, how come you're still so young?
    Emma I'm the most powerful psychic in the world, Logan. Even this place isn't as pretty as it looks.
  • Meaningful Name: The area known as "Pym Falls". Also Logan's son Scotty.
    • Likewise, one guess as to what is at Hammer Falls
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: The Venom. Symbiote. Bonded. With. A. Freaking. T. Rex.
  • No Doubt The Years Have Changed Me: Most of the remaining super heroes of the old days aren't what they used to be, and neither are some of the villains. Double subverted with Emma Frost, who appears the same age, but is actually using her telepathy to hide her aging.
    • Averted with Red Skull. He hasn't changed a bit.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Who was the one who broke Logan and effectively destroyed the X-Men? Fucking Mysterio. And it's implied it wasn't even the original, but the third.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: So many from the war the villains won. Highlights include Magneto and Absorbing Man killing Thor, and a giant-sized Loki somehow being crushed under the Baxter building a few thousand miles away from its New York address! Hawkeye even lampshades the latter one.
  • Off with His Head!:
    • Spider-Girl takes off the second Kingpin's head with a shotgun handle.
    • Also how Logan finishes off the Red Skull, with Cap's shield no less.
  • Oh, Crap: Hulk when he remembers that one of Logan's mutant abilities is regeneration after eating him. Needless to say, it did not end well for Hulk.
  • Old Superhero: Wolverine, Hawkeye.
  • President Evil: The Red Skull
  • The Quiet One: Black Bolt, for obvious reasons.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: One of Daredevil's eyes glows red.
  • Refuge in Audacity: The codename given for Peter Parker's granddaughter: Spider-Bitch.
  • Retired Badass
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After the Hulks kill Logan's family, for fun you could expect this to be the only outcome.Bruce seems to have invoked this trope to have a good fight again because Victoryis Boring
  • Rushmore Refacement: The Red Skull added himself.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!:
    Red Skull: Don't make me laugh. You haven't got the guts. (Wolverine decapitates him)
  • Stronger with Age: Bruce Banner can now wield some of the Hulk's strength without transforming. The Hulk seems to have weakened a bit though, if Wolverine can kill him by clawing out of his stomach.
  • Superpowerful Genetics:
    • The Hulk gang all have weakened versions of Bruce's powers.
    • Spider-Man's granddaughter has also at least inherited some Super Strength.
  • Super Serum: The contents of Hawkeye's package. Ninety-nine vials of it, in fact.
  • That Man Is Dead: After Wolverine finds out he murdered the X-Men, he runs for a railroad track and lets a train run over him. Since adamantium skeleton and healing factor are still there, he's still alive, but he considers himself dead.
  • Trophy Room: The President's Office is adorned with items taken from fallen super heroes (Captain America's shield, Iron Man's armor, Spider-Man's mask, etc.)
  • Tyrannosaurus rex: The Venom symbiote found a new host.
  • Villain World: The villains, together, have conquered the world, killing most of the heroes in the process and splitting America (known as "Amerika") into sectors for each villain in charge.
  • Wolverine Claws: It's a given, but they don't get shown for most of the main story.