Dead Man Logan #8 // Review
Dani Cage catches Logan up on what’s been happening in the Wasteland in Dead Man Logan #8, by writer Ed Brisson, artist Mike Henderson, colorist Nolan Woodard, and letterer Cory Petit. As Logan, Dani, and Bruce Jr try to find a safe place in an unsafe world, forces are being arrayed against them.
Dani breaks down for Logan what’s been happening to her and Bruce Jr since he’s been gone. After the power vacuum Logan left by killing Red Skull and Hulk, all kinds of people have been trying to capture or kill Bruce Jr, limiting where they go. Meanwhile, Sabretooth interrogates the cannibal who had caught Logan, trying to get a bead on where he went. Logan, Dani, and Bruce Jr stop in Kansas City for the night. Dani asks Logan where he’s been, and he tells her. She’s incredulous that Logan would want to come back to this world, but he gives her his explanation and tells her he’s dying. They hug, but Dani notices Bruce Jr is missing and the two of them go after him. They find him in a library, under attack by a group called the Tranquility Temple. They move into help, but the Tranquility Temple operatives have brought a surprise- a Hulk-Killer, created by one of Hulk’s old foes. Logan sends Dani and Bruce away to tackle it himself, but it doesn’t go well, and he’s left at the mercy of it and its controllers.
Once again, Brisson finds a way to fit in exposition in a manner that never feels didactic or interrupts the flow of the story. There’s a decent amount of expository dialogue in this issue, but it’s deployed in ways that are entertaining and make sense. Dani would have to explain why they can’t just take Logan immediately to Sacramento. It makes sense. Likewise, Logan has to explain to Dani where he’s been and why he came back. Both of these scenes set the stage for the issue, first in limiting their travel options, then in giving Logan and Dani a good character moment together, and finally showing some of the people who are after Bruce Jr, setting up the action set piece of the comic.
Readers get to see Sabretooth again and find out something rather unusual- he’s hunting Logan down not exclusively because of their past together, but because he’s working for someone. Yet again, Brisson finds a way to surprise readers in this book by adding a simple little twist like this. Who could it be? There are a lot of possibilities, but this issue merely sets it up without giving any hints, whetting readers’ whistles.
Mike Henderson’s art feels off in this issue. It’s not as crisp as usual in a lot of places. It feels a little rushed, to be frank. There’s a lack of detail in a lot of places that weren’t there in previous issues. That said, the action scene is still very well laid out and choreographed, with the reveal of the Hulk-Killer being a standout page.
Dead Man Logan #8 succeeds, as usual, on the strength of Brisson’s scripting. He expertly deploys exposition in this issue, and it all has a pay-off. By giving Sabretooth a boss, it adds another layer to the book. Mike Henderson’s art has been better than it is here, but he still draws a great action scene. This issue continues this book’s stellar run.