In case you weren’t aware, in 2018 Hulk and Wolverine clashed in a major way. But not exactly as they have before. In this particular series we see the future versions of them trading fists. Old Man Logan meets up with a crazed old Hulk from an alternate timeline, The Maestro. Marvel’s truly grumpy old men.
This storyline is titled ‘Days of Anger’ and is collected in two parts from within the Old Man Logan series. Part one is told in issues #25-30, while part two is completed in issues #48-50.
My overall opinion of this series is that it was intense, shocking, and glorious. Seeing these old rivals go at each other once more was entertaining as hell. Each both seasoned from life and years of battle. Both knowing exactly what they are capable of.
That being said I would say I enjoyed Part One the most. In many ways it was a sequel to the original Old Man Logan. We see the Maestro entering into Logan’s future timeline to find the Hulk clan all but extinct. He recruits the survivors promising a new world they could rule and brings them to present times where Logan is already living. Not sure how he is, but he is. This story basically deals with Maestro’s attempt to turn the world into a Hulk paradise. Of course, Logan disagrees with this course of action. I felt the art was better and five issues allowed time for the narrative to breathe and absorb the events in proper time.
Part Two dealt with Maestro controlling a small Canadian town as his own private kingdom. Logan comes along to save the day. But this doesn’t go as planned. Part two had some good art, but I felt like corners were cut at times. The story also moved along pretty quickly as it only had three issues. Which is a shame given the conclusion of this story being something totally unexpected, but ultimately badass.
So if you are wanting something to read involving the Hulk – don’t let this story pass you by. And especially if you love the Maestro – which I do – you won’t be disappointed with this. The writers took the character’s origins (created by Peter David/GeorgePerez) as the king of an apocalyptic wasteland kingdom and gave the character a more modern day environment. They made the character of Maestro a more sadistic, malicious and overall evil villain. A being whose power and malice could rival that of Thanos himself. Which made it all the more satisfying as Logan tore into him.
This story may not be a huge Marvel event, but it is definitely a huge step in the evolution of Logan and especially the Maestro.