All right, Third Eye Faithful, you know you’re just as pumped as we are about the upcoming LOGAN movie, and as such, we know you’re itching to read up on some of the biggest stories that helped inspire it.
We’ve put together our TOP 5 graphic novels to read before you see LOGAN, and we gotta tell you.. there’s some REALLY good reads here!
So, read on, and get the full scoop on everything you need to know to get stoked on the new LOGAN movie!
1. OLD MAN LOGAN: The ultimate inspiration for the new film (and, probably the best WOLVERINE graphic novel ver)
The biggest inspiration for the new flick is obviously OLD MAN LOGAN, and if you’ve yet to read this epic piece of comic goodness, then now is the time to check it out.
Picture this: MAD MAX meets UNFORGIVEN in a dystopian Marvel future where nearly every hero is dead, and the country has been divided into territories by Marvel’s most notorious super-villains.
In the middle of it all… LOGAN tries to live a life of peace, with his claws having been sheathed for decades, and all because of a terrible secret he carries with him.
Of course, that’s until an aging Hawkeye drags him into the road trip from hell.
Folks – this book is amazing. A T-Rex wearing the venom symbiote. Nomadic biker gangs that paint skulls on their faces and call themselves Ghost Riders. And, wait until you see some of the surprise twists as to just how the future got so messed up.
Added bonus: the rumors swirl that the future of OLD MAN LOGAN is the future of the current Marvel Universe, and this Summer’s big Marvel event may be touching on that very fact!
From the trailers, you’ve probably noticed that the movie introduces the idea of there being a young girl who shares many of Wolverine’s traits, for better or for worse, and of course, it’s up to him to protect her.. and prevent her from some of the horrors he has endured.
Who is she? Well, her name is Laura Kinney, and she’s one of the coolest new characters Marvel has introduced in the last decade.
In the X-23 COMPLETE COLLECTION graphic novel, you can get the full scoop on Laura, and her backstory.
Cloned from Wolverine’s cells and raised to be the perfect killer, young Laura Kinney never knew a life free from the harsh masters at the Facility.
But now she’s broken loose at last and must forge her own path in the world!
Free of her chains and determined to live, Laura will write the next chapter of her story herself.
But can X-23 escape her training and her instincts, or will the gallons of blood spilled in her violent past drag her down? And can she truly begin a new life until she faces the man whose shadow has loomed over her for years? Enter: The Wolverine!
3. WOLVERINE: MADRIPOOR NIGHTS TPB: For those of you who wanna go old school – the very beginnings of the classic Claremont WOLVERINE series!
Wanna kick it old school, and revisit some of the best darn WOLVERINE stories ever told?
Marvel’s recently released WOLVERINE EPIC COLLECTION: MADRIPOOR NIGHTS is the perfect place to start.
Following up on the now-iconic WOLVERINE mini-series, this graphic novel collects issues 1-16 of the ongoing WOLVERINE series, along with material from MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS 1-10, to give us a very cool look at Wolverine’s early days.
Feeling the urge to cut loose, Wolverine travels to Madripoor – an East Indian island full of pirates, cutthroats and…just the way Logan likes it!
There, he’ll take on ruthless crimelord Roche, meet the cunning Tyger Tiger, wield the mystical Black Blade, battle superhuman enforcers Roughouse and Bloodsport, and contend with drug kingpin Nguyen Ngoc Coy and his niece – the former New Mutant known as Karma!
Plus: The Hulk comes to town, a formative battle with Sabretooth is revealed, and Wolverine hunts for the Gehenna Stone!
4. OLD MAN LOGAN VOL.00 WARZONES – For those who want MORE Old Man Logan
Look.. OLD MAN LOGAN is pretty freakin’ amazing, and we totally understand: you want more. We’re feeling the same way, and lucky for all of us, there’s a follow-up series that begins with OLD MAN LOGAN VOL.00 and then continues from there, that is downright amazing.
Collecting the mini-series that first reintroduces us to OLD MAN LOGAN after the original graphic novel, WARZONES takes us into the Wastelands: a Battleworld realm where heroes have been wiped out and villains rule with an iron fist.
In the midst of this dystopian chaos, one man may make a difference.
A reluctant warrior who was once the greatest mutant of all.
A man known as Old Man Logan.
Never before has the former Wolverine been needed as much as he is now, but even the best there was at what he did may be outmatched by the evil lurking in nearby realms!
Now, Logan must battle the horrors of mutantkind unleashed, the sins of genocidal machines and the rampaging hordes of the undead.
And as Logan traverses Battleworld and learns its secrets, he must face the patchwork planet’s thundering police force! He may be old, but Logan’s job is far from finished.
So, you’ve read up on Laura’s back story, and want to see what’s going on with her nowadays in the Marvel U?
There’s no better place to start than ALL NEW WOLVERINE VOL.1 FOUR SISTERS, which collects issues 1-6 of the ongoing ALL NEW WOLVERINE series.
In ALL NEW WOLVERINE TP VOL.1, she’s the best there is!
X-23 was created to be a weapon; for a time, that’s all she was.
But with the help of her mentor, Logan – the original Wolverine – she escaped that dark past. Now, the man she knew has fallen, but Laura will honor his memory as the All-New Wolverine.
But with the famous cowl comes a world of misery and mystery – like the devastating secret of the Sisters.
Uncovering it will involve new friends Doctor Strange and the Wasp, and lethal new enemies like the Taskmaster!
But after recent events, Laura is growing used to doing everything in her power to save those around her from forces hell-bent on destruction. If anyone can stop them, it’s Laura. After all, it’s what Wolverine does.