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Old Man Logan is the name of a Marvel Comics storyline written by Mark Millar with art by Steve McNiven, featuring Wolverine and set in an Alternate Universe/Bad Future. The storyline was popular enough to later spawn a miniseries set during the Secret Wars (2015) event, an ongoing series set in the main Marvel universe, Old Man Hawkeye — a prequel set five years before the original story — and Old Man Quill, a miniseries focusing on what happened to Star-Lord and the Guardians of the Galaxy in this universe. Logan, the Grand Finale of the Hugh Jackman Wolverine films, is heavily inspired by this series, as one might guess from the name.

Late 2018 introduces the twelve issue series Dead Man Logan, a Grand Finale where Logan's healing factor gives out on him, leaving him with twelve months to live and ensure his potential future is no longer a possibility for this timeline.

For tropes about the character of Old Man Logan, see the character page.

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     Original Storyline
Get ready for the ride of your life.

The original storyline is an eight-chapter story written by Mark Millar with art by Steve McNiven, 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.

The storyline was used as the basis for the third Wolverine movie, Logan - although, given that the story greatly relies upon story elements that Fox does not own the film rights to, the film is a Pragmatic Adaptation that is much more grounded in nature.


  • Affirmative Action Legacy: The new Spider-Girl is Ashley Barton, the mixed-race daughter of Hawkeye. Also the new Kingpin is black. Until Ashley decapitates him and takes over.
  • All for Nothing: In true Mark Millar fashion, Logan does manage to acquire the rent money to pay off the Hulk Gang. But upon returning home, he finds out that they got bored and went ahead with killing Logan's family anyways, signifying that he and Hawkeye's efforts to travel across the country for a rebellion that wasn't even real was all for naught.
  • Anyone Can Die: Most major superheroes are killed before the story. During Daredevil, Punisher, New Kingpin, Hawkeye, Red Skull, Logan's family and most of the Hulk Gang all die.
  • Arc Welding: invoked Old Man Logan is part of a fairly elaborate web of connecting continuities throughout Mark Millar's tenure at Marvel Comics. The elderly Wolverine that appears here would eventually become the Hooded Man, member of a futuristic New Defenders along with Bruce Banner Jr., who he adopted as his son. Reality Warper Clyde Wyncham from Marvel 1985 who is also the Marquis of Death from Millar's Fantastic Four run appears here as the new Doctor Doom as confirmed by Word of God.
  • 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 Longcoat:
    • Wolverine wears one for only one panel, but it's one badass panel.
    • Also Black Bolt and Red Skull.
  • Bar Brawl: Defied 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!"
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Hawkeye dares Tobias to "Do your worst" when the Red Skull's lieutenant has him at his mercy, clearly expecting some sort of torture or mind games. Nope. Tobias does exactly that, and puts a bullet through is head without any fuss.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Black Bolt saves Wolverine and Hawkeye by whispering at a Venom-possessed T-Rex.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Hawkeye's daughter becomes the new Kingpin, and he later gets killed when his delivery turns out to be a sting. And 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 hamper 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 fights in the Red Skull's trophy room, the two use his collection of superhero relics.
  • Broken Hero: The reason Logan hasn't popped his claws in fifty years? "They broke me, Bub." They really, really did.
  • The Bus Came Back: Logan and Bruce Banner Jr both return in a Fantastic Four arc involving travelers from the future called the New Defenders attempting to save the people of their future by emigrating them to the past. Notably, it must be an alternate continuity because Sue survived with Logan.
  • Cannibal Clan: You'll notice the Hulk Gang's food of choice is human limbs.
  • Canon Immigrant: Old Man Logan was introduced in a stand-alone storyline, and was later introduced into the mainstream Marvel Universe during Secret Wars.
  • 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', bub.
  • 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! Historical flashbacks in the ongoing series show they were stupid, violent, savage creatures; for example, one of their ideas of "fun" was going out to farms and punching livestock for the sake of watching them explode — and doing the same to any farmer who protested this.
  • 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, the boy with the Ant-Man helmet who threatens death by ants for those who don't pay his bridge toll. Logan thinks it's a joke, but the bones at the bottom of the chasm prove otherwise.
  • Cynic–Idealist Duo: Wolverine and Hawkeye. Logan is a broken shell of his former self and just wants to live out the rest of his days with his family. Clint is more optimistic and still trying to find ways to help people.
  • 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, Scott "Cyclops" Summers.
  • Death by Irony: Logan offs Red Skull with Captain America's shield, despite the fact that it's original owner has been dead for the last 50 years.
  • Divided States of America: After the villains conquered the United States, they divided up the country between themselves. The west coast is Hulkland (formerly The Abomination's territory), the Kingdom of the Kingpin (formerly Domain of Magneto), Dr. Doom's Lair, and the President's Quarter ruled by Red Skull. There are also the unclaimed badlands and an unnamed territory around the Great Lakes.
  • 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 at this point.
  • 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.
  • Eye Scream: What happens to Cap in a flashback.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Bruce Banner went from a Hero with an F in Good to a full-blown villain, who killed the Abomination and took over his territory to run it as his own personal fiefdom. He fathered his own clan of inbred deformed "Hulklings" by raping his cousin, the She-Hulk — worse, as she doesn't appear during the story, Fridge Horror suggests that he ultimately killed her and turned to perpetuating the clan by raping his daughters instead! Oh, and he's turned to cannibalism, and encourages his offspring to do the same.
  • Fallen States of America: Life in Bad Future America is miserable in various degrees, with the most "well-off" being those living under the Red Skull's Nazi shadow.
  • Fate Worse than Death: What the villains did to Wolverine on the day they took over: Mysterio created illusions to trick Wolverine into killing the entire X-Men team under the belief they were supervillains. Wolverine wanders in a Heroic BSoD for days before committing figurative suicide by train.
  • Feudal Future: Of sorts. While the Red Skull is technically the one in charge, in practice he and the other villains divided up America among themselves, with President Red Skull himself taking direct rule over the East Coast.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Hawkeye claims that Reed and Susan Richards are still unaccounted for on behalf of a third-hand account by the Shocker, but Shocker is among the many villains slain by Wolverine during the battle at the X-mansion. This is a big clue-in on the fact that the villains Wolverine is fighting aren't real.
    • Aging seems to have weakened the potency of any character's Healing Factor. Wolverine himself takes hours to recover from a Hulk Gang induced beating, and notes he mostly survived because of his adamantium skeleton and their own comparatively low Super Strength. This sets things up for Wolverine to kill Pappy Banner by disemboweling him from the inside.
  • 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 went from genocidal robot to friendly car mechanic and father figure.
  • 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.
  • Hope Spot:
    • Discussed and Invoked, separately. Discussed that, while crossing through South Dakota, Logan brings up that even after all these years, Reed and Sue Richards are still unnacounted for. While he admits that the information may be less than trustworthy note , Logan argues that, if this were true, there may be a chance they could come back and fix everything. Hawkeye dismisses it, pointing out it's a little late for this. Invoked in Hammer Falls, Nevada. Thor's Hammer has become a sort of religious/tourist hotspot, a la Mecca. President Skull tolerates it only because of the revenue it produces to the economy. Hawkeye points out that the people crowding around pray to Mjölnir for the hope that the heroes might one day come back. For most of them, hope is all they have left.
    • Played straight with Hawkeye at two points as well. When he learns that his daughter went off to overthrow the new Kingpin, he assumes that his old war stories inspired her to free the people. After she kills the Kingpin, Ashley reveals that she was taking control of the area, and Wolverine's intervention was the only thing that stayed Hawkeye's execution. Secondly was near the halfway point, when Logan and Hawkeye finally arrive at New Babylon, it turns out the delivery was a briefcase with 99 vials of the super soldier serum. Hawkeye demanded a vial for himself, and a spot on the inner circle. Turns out it was a sting by S.H.I.E.L.D., and Hawkeye is quickly executed for his efforts.
  • 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 about the Healing Factor and the Wolverine Claws.
  • 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.
  • Kissing Cousins: The Hulk Gang's descended from Bruce and his cousin, She-Hulk.
  • Lamarck Was Right: Zigzagged. For the most part, seemingly subverted; most characters with super-powers do not produce super-powered offspring. The most prominent group of next-generation supers is the Hulk Gang, born of incest between the Hulk and the She-Hulk, and even then they have only a watered-down version of their progenitors' might, with far lesser Super Strength and Super Toughness and no sign of 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.
  • Noodle Incident: Hawkeye doesn't bother giving any context to the strange or awe-inspiring remains of the Great Offscreen War.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Who was the one who broke Logan and effectively destroyed the X-Men? Fucking Quentin "Mysterio" Beck.
  • 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 and Hawkeye.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Logan is not as violent or berserky as during his prime. This raises many eyebrows and concerns from his allies.
  • President Evil: The Red Skull
  • Putting on the Reich: The parts of America under the Red Skull's direct rule as "President" are a twisted, futuristic take on the Third Reich.
  • 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: Logan has given up on heroics and taken a vow of pacifism, spending his days raising livestock with his family. The loss of that family sees him come out of retirement.
  • Ridiculous Future Inflation: Averted. The economy is so heavily ruined that $600 is a small fortune and trying to earn that is what sets Logan on his adventure.
  • 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 Victory Is Boring
  • Rushmore Refacement: The Red Skull added himself.
  • Series Continuity Error:
    • Between the first and final issue, two Hulk Gang members suddenly change names from Otis and Charlie to Luke and Beau.
    • A minor one, but Cyclops is seen among the dead X-Men after the illusion wears off, and his visor is seen both with it's modern, slim design, and sliced in half. His more classic visor, torn from the rest of his suit, is later seen intact in Red Skull's trophy room.
  • Shout-Out: An aging superhero goes on one last adventure, and one of his few companions is (coincidentally) another aging superhero with an archery gimmick. Sounds familiar... While most of the two stories' plots are only vaguely similar, Hawkeye's appearance and personality in this story—where he's portrayed as a wise-cracking Cool Old Guy with long grey hair—is pretty clearly inspired by Green Arrow's cameo in the last chapter of The Dark Knight Returns.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!:
    Red Skull: Don't make me laugh. You haven't got the guts. (Wolverine decapitates him)
  • Stealth Prequel: Old Man Logan gets one with Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe Again. It's also one for Mark Millar's Fantastic Four run, which was published concurrently with this storyline.
  • Stronger with Age: Zigzagged. Bruce "Pappy" Banner can now wield some of the Hulk's strength without transforming. The Hulk, however, has lost his Healing Factor to an even greater extent than Old Man Logan. Wolverine kills him by clawing his way out of the Hulk's stomach.
  • Superpowerful Genetics: Downplayed.
    • The Hulk gang all have weakened versions of Bruce's powers.
    • Spider-Man's granddaughter has also at least inherited some Super Strength, but this seems to be all she picked up from her grandfather.
  • Super Serum: The contents of Hawkeye's package. Ninety-nine vials of it, in fact.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Logan adopts the policy, and it's eventually explained why (see Not-So-Harmless Villain).
  • Tragic Villain: How Bruce turned evil in the first place. When California was bombed, the gamma radiation warped Bruce's mind and drove him mad as a result.
  • 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 his adamantium skeleton and healing factor are still there, he's still alive, but he considers himself dead. As he puts it, "It didn't kill me, but it hurt a lot, and sometimes that is enough."
  • 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.
  • Unholy Matrimony: Emma Frost is married to Doctor Doom. The Red Skull also mentions having a wife who keeps nagging him about wearing what's left of Captain America's uniform, probably because he appears not to have washed it once since the takeover.
  • Unstoppable Rage: When the Hulk Gang kill Logan's family. He proceeds to unleash hell on them.
  • 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.

Over the wall...
In 2015, the storyline received a sequel as part of the Secret Wars (2015) crossover, written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Andrea Sorrentino. Living in his own Battleworld domain following the events of the original story, trying to bring law to the people, Logan's life is upended when an Ultron head falls out of the sky. Feeling a need to investigate, Logan scales the wall separating his domain from the others, and from there on, things only get weirder.

The second series contains examples of:

  • Author Appeal: Danielle Cage, the daughter of Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, makes an appearance, despite not being mentioned in the previous storyline at all. This is probably because Bendis has a well-known love for the two characters and created Danielle.
  • Fish out of Water: Logan's journeys into Apocalypse's domain have a hint of this, since while he's experienced that kind of stuff before, he's out of practice. A more straight-up example when he visits Iron Man's domain.
  • Killed Off for Real: Emma Frost, by the Punishers. Wolverine even carries a conversation with their ghost, shortly before the reveal that they've been dead for presumably weeks...
  • Series Continuity Error: In the first issue, Logan specifically refers to the Thors, the police force of Battleworld. But in the next, he doesn't know what the Thors are.
  • Wolverine Claws: Logan's not shy about using them anymore.
  • Wolverine Publicity: Issue 2's cover depicts Old Man Logan fighting a version of Wolverine (almost all characters from Secret Wars (2015) are just versions of the original) who looks exactly like the Age of Apocalypse incarnation. That Wolverine appears nowhere in the issue, nor does Logan meet any other Wolverine. So yes, it technically counts because the cover lies to us about the amount of Wolverines.
  • You Killed My Father: The Gladiator's son's motivation for shooting at Logan. Logan says he did the kid a favour, and says if the kid is still pissed when he's an adult, he can find Logan and they'll finish things.


     Ongoing Series
Some things have changed...

After finding himself in the mainstream Marvel Universe, and finding that his past has not come to fruition, Logan is left to his own devices. He appears in both Extraordinary X-Men and his own Old Man Logan ongoing, both written by Jeff Lemire. Old Man Logan featured art by Lemire's previous Green Arrow collaborator, and returning Old Man Logan artist Andrea Sorrentino.

After Lemire left the title, Ed Brisson replaced him as writer with a rotation of artists. It was later announced that the series would end, and Logan's adventures would continue (and apparently conclude) in the Dead Man Logan series.

The third series provides examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: The Maestro plays on this to ensure the loyalty of the Hulk Gang, reminding them that their "Pappy Banner" was a violent, abusive monster who raped his daughters and would beat them savagely to keep them in line, as well as being a general incompetent leader. He initially recruited the Hulk Gang by presenting himself as a benevolent, caring and gentle father figure instead.
    • Of course, the Maestro is a hypocrite, as he is just as willing to beat — or even kill — the Hulk Clan, who are his alternate timeline offspring, for upsetting him, and it's revealed that his plan to create a "Gamma Earth" would have involved killing the Hulk Gang by making them unwittingly act as suicide bombers. Why? Because he finds the Hulk Gang embarrassing for their inbreeding-induced deformities and inferior intelligence.
  • A Friend in Need: In the Days of Anger storyline, Logan is doing a pretty good job at wiping out the Hulk Gang who escaped to Earth-616, unfortunately he's in over his head trying to deal with their plot to nuke the world. Logan started his investigation solo but really needs help, so Hawkeye (Clint Barton) tags along to back him up. It almost costed Hawkeye his life when the Maestro attacked him.
  • After the End: As bad as the Villain Uprising was, they doubled-down. The villains had already won and were just clearing out superheroes, when someone had the bright idea of dropping multiple nukes around the world to finish off the heroes. This totally devastated the world ecology and there's no hope as the Bad Future world is dying even further.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Storm implies she still has feelings for Logan, but he doesn't seem to feel the same. In his timeline, which is basically the same as regular Logan's until a bit after Civil War, he and Storm were never a couple.
  • Anti-Hero: Logan, to incredible degrees. He kills a no-name villain for something he didn't even do, and outright admits that the guy wouldn't have amounted to anything if the villains never rose up.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: In the "Last Ronin" storyline, the Master (who's just a young boy) transforms into a skyscraper-sized tentacled, shapeless abomination when he's freaked out long enough.
  • Back from the Dead: The Scarlet Samurai turns out to be a resurrected (616!)Mariko Yashida.
  • Bad Boss: Kenji, the man in charge of the Madripoor scientists attempting to make more Regenix from the few samples they have left. He dismisses one subordinate's perfectly reasonable explanation for why they are having so little success as "excuses", and when one scientist accidentally causes a sample to explode (reducing his hand to a burnt cinder), Kenji brutally kicks him to death. All of this makes it very satisfying when Gorgon arrives and kills him.
  • Badass in Distress: Lady Deathstrike, in the Last Ronin arc.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Cambria, one of Banner's daughters, has a Heel–Face Turn. It started because once when she ran away from home, Logan let her take one of his valuable pigs for food.
  • Child Prodigy: The next time Logan sees Bruce Banner Jr, he's seven years old and ravenously reading any advanced physics books he can find.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Shingen Harada (Silver Samurai II) has over 5000 protocols to deal with the Hand. He also has multiple protocols to deal specifically with getting stabbed in the back and killed. Logan himself can count to a lesser degree, he knows he's in a different reality but he fears a similar Villain Uprising and so he's always keeping tabs on the news ready to nip it in the bud.
  • Death Is Cheap: Shingen gets stabbed in the back and killed, he gets back up and walks away a few minutes later due to emergency nanites fixing him up.
  • Dirty Coward: At the start of the "Dead Man Logan" storyline, the New York chapter of the Purifiers wait until all the senior X-Men are away before launching an attack on the mansion.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Logan didn't just kill Black Butcher, he first cut off the guy's arm and then it appears he mutilated Butcher's eyes as well. Why? In the future, Black Butcher smacked Logan's son and took his ball cap.
  • Evil Will Fail: The Maestro's plan to nuke the Earth had a good chance of succeeding except villain flaws cropped up to screw him and the Hulk Gang up. Nobody knew the Maestro and the Hulk Gang were even on Earth-616, except that a bunch of Hulks murder and replace the owners of a diner that Logan likes to go to and when they see him, they blow their cover because they want revenge. The Maestro murders a few of the Hulk Gang causing one of them, Cambria, to have a Heel–Face Turn. Finally, the Maestro is arrogant and didn't realize his hacking skills are crap, so Alpha Flight from outer space were easily able to disable the nukes despite his reprogramming them.
  • Eye Scream: Bullseye puts out one of Logan's eyes with a thrown card. After examination at the X-Men's science lab, they find out the organ is completely dead and nothing can be done about it.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Because Old Man Logan is set immediately after Secret Wars, but the rest of All-New All-Different is set eight months later, that Logan's attempts to hunt down Bruce Banner, Mysterio, and Red Skull in the first arc will fail was spoiled before Old Man Logan's first issue was even released. Logan is ultimately told this in issue #4 when Steve Rogers shows Logan the grave of the mainstream Wolverine and tells him that this isn't his future.
  • Fish out of Water: Logan is not used to the modern world. It's less harsh than he's used to, never mind it being completely different than what he remembers.
  • Gatling Good: After getting crucified and shot up by the Hulk Gang, Logan escapes and kills the Hulk carrying a minigun. Logan then takes the minigun and wipes out a crapload of Hulks.
  • Honey Trap: One of the Purifiers arranges a date with Glob online, so she and her comrades can capture him and force him to help them attack the X-mansion.
  • How We Got Here: The first arc of Old Man Logan sets up the stage for his encounter with the X-Men over in Extraordinary.
  • Last Stand: We get to witness the Last Stand of Daredevil, The Punisher, She-Hulk and Hank Pym in Issue #8. Interestingly, all but She-Hulk are dispatched in a surprisingly anticlimactic fashion for this trope. note 
  • Literal Disarming: While defending a Canadian town from an attack by the Reavers, Logan cuts Lady Deathstrike's deadly clawed hands off.
  • Master Swordsman: The second Silver Samurai (Shingen Harada) shows how good he is with a blade, he drew first blood against the Gorgon. Shingen's aunt Mariko Yashida also turns out to be a master as well, she completely trashes Gorgon with her sword.
  • Mutual Kill: A dying Logan liberates a town from the Maestro. He cuts off Banner's head but all the injuries he suffered has caught up to him and he dies a few seconds after.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Logan seeks out the young Maureen of the main Marvel universe, in order to protect her from the hardships his Maureen experienced as a child. In the end he actually draws trouble to her when Lady Deathstrike and the Reavers follow him to her home in an attempt to kill him.
    • Logan gets an even bigger one in Dead Man Logan, after getting rescued by the X-Men, Logan decides to go after Mysterio as the one last thing he does before he dies. So he goes to the "Bar with No Name" and beats on the local C-List Fodder to get info, turns out Miss Sinister is sitting in the sidelines and reads his mind, learning of the "Villain Uprising". She goes to Quentin Beck, who's a broken harmless man after all those years of getting beaten up by Spider-Man and Daredevil, promising to power him up. She also tells Sin, the Red Skull's daughter about details of the uprising.
  • Retcon:
    • Some very clear ones from the original story, which had the villains rise up a few years after Civil War.
    • In flashback, we see Sam Wilson's Captain America uniform on display in the desert. However, the original story very specifically shows that Bucky was Captain America when the villains rose up.
    • In the original Old Man Logan story, it was implied that the Hulk Gang were permanently hulked out in compensation for not being as powerful as their father and mother. Here, they have the ability to shift between human and hulk forms at will. Also, the original Hulk Gang were presented as ugly and deformed, a result of being inbred, but here are presented as fairly normal looking, even attractive.
    • The Punisher appears to have been executed by the new Kingpin. Logan later meets an aged Frank Castle who reveals that was just someone taking on his name.
    • There are also several contradictions to Old Man Hawkeye, such as Sam Wilson still being the Falcon in that story or Bullseye claiming he killed Daredevil when in this series the Enchantress is the one to do that. And then the ending of Old Man Hawkeye has Matt still being alive.
  • Not Quite Dead: In the mini-series Dead Man Logan turns out that Logan survived his battle with the Maestro and was rescued by the X-Men.
  • Power Incontinence: In the "Dead Man Logan" arc, Robbie from Logan's timeline is introduced. His powers have been building up kinetic energy for years to the point that if he bounces again the release will be equivalent to a nuke going off. Forge keeps him contained in a padded and monitored room designed to shut off gravity, and thus any bouncing, if anything goes wrong.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong:
    • Logan's main goal is to prevent the villain uprising. While Logan eventually works out that this isn't exactly the past he remembers, he's still set on making sure his future never comes to fruition. One of the first things on his list? Killing the Hulk, believing that it's Bruce Banner when the Hulk at the time is Amadeus Cho. However, eventually Steve Rogers talks him out of it.
    • However, he does resolve to protect Maureen, his future wife, from any crap happening to her. Oops.
    • When he tried to go back to the Wastelands in order to save baby Banner Hulk, his mind jumps from one era to another where his body is, and when he finally gets into his body in the Wastelands, he finds out that he is in the times before his family was killed. He decides that he will never leave them again and destroys the magical item that keep his mind jumping from time to time. However, he is eventually pulled back.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story:
    • The first arc in general. Logan sets out to kill the villains who destroyed his world, and he specifically targets Banner, Mysterio, and Red Skull. However we already know Logan is Failure Is the Only Option by other All-New All-Different books, so essentially nothing he does in the first arc matters.
    • The second arc as well. Logan goes to live in the town where his future wife Maureen grew up. He knows they can never be together, but he's willing to make sure nothing bad ever happens to her... and its his presence that draws the Reavers to the town and lead to them slaughtering civilians.
    • The third arc as well. In his search for baby Banner, he makes it back to the time where his family is still alive and ends up facing down the Banner Gang. Instead of popping his claws and shredding them to bits, he finds out he can't. He can't act like he does now and ultimately realizes he can't change the past.
  • Shout-Out: There's a reference to Batman: The Dark Knight Returns in the first issue. Logan jumps from a rooftop, with lightning striking behind him, making a silhouette of him pouncing.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Averted. Not only is Logan's healing factor almost gone and he's slower and weaker, Mariko cuts off one of his hands so now that arm has a regrown hand with only bone claws.
  • Trapped in Another World: While Logan is stuck in the past, it's not the past of the timeline he came from.
  • Unbreakable Bones: Averted, something's up with Logan because several fights in the series cause him to mention that he broke his ribs and other bones. He also gets a hand cut off by an energized katana despite his admanantium bones. It's finally explained in issue #46 that his adamantium has reached its half-life and is chemically breaking down, losing its durability and flooding his system with deadly toxins, which are further burning it out.
  • Ungrateful Townsfolk: During the "Moving Target" storyline, many citizens of New York are behind Mayor Wilson Fisk's campaign to legislate superheroes out of existence, one man calling them "masked monsters pretending to be heroes" that they live "in fear" of. This is despite the fact that it hasn't been that long since the Secret Empire storyline, where New York was trapped in the Darkforce dimension for days, and the only thing protecting the citizens from the monsters within were the heroes, who constantly risked their lives in doing so.
  • Villain Respect: Kraven sees Wolverine (Logan) as the apex predator and the most dangerous animal in the world. He's avoided hunting Wolverine as he feels he wasn't ready, but Kraven sees Old Man Logan as a has-been and he wishes to Mercy Kill him to keep him from sullying the Wolverine legacy.
  • We Will Meet Again: With his plan failed and Logan fighting him to a draw, the Maestro leaps away to hide in a cave, but not before telling Logan that they'll fight again one day.
  • Wham Shot: The end of issue 32 reveals that the Scarlet Samurai is none other than a resurrected Mariko Yashida.
  • Yo Yo Plot Point: Logan learning to accept that the world he's now in is not the same one he left behind, or his desire to prevent his future from coming to pass, has been revisited several times in the solo series (three of the five Lemire arcs focus on it), and has even cropped up in Extraordinary X-Men, All-New Wolverine, and X-Men: Gold.

     Old Man Hawkeye 
  • Badass Grandpa: He may be decades older, missing an eye and half his body cybernetic parts but Bullseye is still one of the deadliest men on the planet.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: It turns out after helping the Thunderbolts turn on the Avengers, Moonstone then tried to go after Zemo for not giving her a promised reward.
    Clint: Wow, you just had a taste for betrayal, huh?
  • Foreshadowing: In a fight, Bullseye mentions how he stabbed Daredevil who then fell off a cliff before Bullseye could cut off his head. This sets up the final scene of the story revealing Matt Murdock is now the sensei Stick.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: When the villains attacked, Clint was part of an Avengers unit that included former enemies the Thunderbolts. Clint assured Black Widow they could trust them. Instead, in the battle, the T-Bolts turned on the heroes and helped wipe the Avengers out.
  • Offing the Offspring: Magneto proves himself by killing the Scarlet Witch and letting Quicksilver be crushed by Atlas.
  • Properly Paranoid: In the flashbacks, Black Widow raises concerns about trusting the Thunderbolts in a battle against a villain army. She's right.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The point of Clint's crusade as he wants payback on the Thunderbolts before he goes blind.
  • Wham Line: The final scene: Now blind, Clint goes to meet the mysterious "Stick", begging him to teach him how to fight as a blind man and seek justice. Stick's reply: "No need to stand on ceremony, Clint. Just call me Matt."

     Old Man Quill 
  • Call-Back: Ashley Barton re-appears in the series, this time she's been deposed from Fisk town. She gets rulership back after Quill unleashes Fin Fang Foom on her enemies.
  • Dead All Along: it turns out the Guardians were killed fighting Galactus long ago and Quill has been hallucinating them by his side.
  • Oh, Crap!: An elderly Taskmaster says this and proceeds to beg for mercy, when he's dumped in a gladiatorial pit and will be up against a Symbiote T-Rex.
  • The Ending Changes Everything: Quill must retrive the Ultimate Nullifier to stop the Universal Church of Truth, but keeps whining about the loss of Spartax, until the other Guardians take him out of his stupor and force him to go to Earth to find it. Many issues afterwards, they face the Imperial Guard, who tell him that he can't expect to defeat them all alone. He turns to his fellow Guardians, but they are not there. Instead, he remembers a video of them asking for help, and then dying. Mind tricks? Reality warping? No. If the older comics are read again, it can be noticed that Quill is the only character who ever talks or interacts with anyone else (barring interactions between the Guardians themselves), and other characters reporting the events only talk about him and not about a band of aliens.
  • Foreshadowing: The revelation that the Guardians are just imagined in Quill's mind is hinted at as other characters don't seem to respond to their actions or lines and the talk on how Quill is considered a sole figure and possibly crazy.
  • From Bad to Worse: Earth isn't the only place where the villains won. Out in the greater galaxy the Universal Church of Truth has conquered the Shi'ar Empire, converting the Imperial Guard to their zealotry, and is now lead by Galactus in a dogmatic spread across all worlds.
  • Genuine Human Hide: Doctor Doom has a throne made out of the Thing's rocky hide.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Both during the war with the Universal Church and its aftermath, Quill kept wondering why the heroes of Earth never answered his calls for help. It's not until the Guardians crash there that Quill discovers the villains took over the planet.
  • Older Than They Look: Mantis doesn't look like she aged any and even Drax notes this in issue 8. Unfortunately she's as old as everyone else and time has taken its toll. Her telepathy is weaker and she's developing a bit of senility too.
  • Out-Gambitted: Star-Lord embarks on a huge attack on the home planet of the Universal Church, committing major forces and taking the right moves to catch the Church unawares. Too late, he learns that while all their forces have been used on the attack, the Church has had their reserves wipe out Spartax.
  • Reality Ensues: Sure, Taskmaster's photographic reflexes made him a deadly a younger man. When you're in your 80s, all your reflexes are automatically slowed.
  • Wham Episode: Issue 7 reveals the Guardians are already dead.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: A variation; by the time the Guardians return to Earth the Madrox gang has devolved into a feral band of cannibals. They have to be shot in the head for an immediate kill or else they will just multiply.

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