Written by: Peter David
Art by: George Perez
Marvel Comics, 98 Pages
Since this ’90s Peter David Hulk story was recently repackaged and reprinted in a thick floppy comic titled Maestro, I figured that I’d give it a read, as I’ve never read this story and have always loved Peter David’s Hulk material. Plus, with George Perez art, what’s not to love?
The story sees the smart version of the Green Hulk travel to the distant future. He’s pulled there by his longtime friend Rick Jones, who is now a decrepit, ancient dude that has to move around in Professor X’s ’90s hover chair. He also lives in a museum full of the long dead Marvel heroes’ personal items and weapons.
Hulk’s arrival in the future is so that he can defeat the future version of himself, an aged, balding asshole tyrant named Maestro. For those who know the character, this is his first appearance. He would go on to be more prominent years later.
This is a pretty action packed story with an epic battle between two Hulks. But it also has a lot of layers to it for being under 100 pages. In a weird twist, that no one ever seems to talk about, the Hulk is raped by one of Maestro’s concubines when he finds himself a captive of the tyrant.
The story is fast paced and I enjoyed it. I actually think that it should have been a bit longer but it packs a punch and helped to establish one of the better Hulk villains.
Pairs well with: other Peter David Hulk stories, as well as comics from the Old Man Logan continuity.
Published: September 26th, 2018 – October 31st, 2018
Written by: Ed Brisson
Art by: Ibraim Roberson, Andrea Sorrentino (covers)
Marvel Comics, 79 Pages
This is it! This is the last story arc in the ongoing Old Man Logan series! After this, we get the Dead Man Logan miniseries, which will most likely be the final exit of this character, as the youthful Wolverine has finally returned to Marvel just a month ago.
This three issue arc pits Logan against Maestro, an evil version of the Hulk from an alternate timeline in the future. This is not their first meeting but it does end up being their last. Well, one would assume with how this plays out.
Logan comes across this backwoods town and discovers that the people are controlled by fear, as Maestro has made it his tiny kingdom. Logan works to try and free the people from this mad and seemingly unstoppable tyrant.
One thing I wasn’t satisfied with, however, was that they have spent all this time building Maestro up as incredibly powerful but once Logan takes him out, it felt relatively easy. Can Wolverine decapitate a Hulk? I mean, even if he gets a boost from a drug that helps him, is Maestro not basically indestructible? That’s a real question because I’m not sure if that was established elsewhere.
Regardless of the conclusion being a let down, this is a solid story overall. Brisson is writing some good shit and the art of Ibraim Roberson really enhances the tone of the narrative. I also love the Andrea Sorrentino covers but everything he touches is gold, in my opinion.
While this ends the Old Man Logan title, it’s not the end of his story. Dead Man Logan starts now.
Pairs well with: Other Old Man Logan stories.