Not Too Old
I'll be honest for a second, I at first, was really skeptical about reading this, Miller has had good stories, but he usually goes overboard with the Level of violence and vulgarity, and from what I've seen about this particular tale, is that his hulk just simply deviates from the characters core (i'll address that later during the review), but i decided that judging something i haven't read is not fair really, so i decided to give it a chance, plus Millar can be great when he really wants to be, sure his writing goes of the charts in immaturity sometimes but that's only when he is given to much freedom.
Before i move to the writing, let me just say how much i love the art. The great thing about this story is that it's supposed to be gritty and edgy, and at the same time, it has to stay within some boundaries, so in this case, the artist is given a lot of freedom in terms of violence and character design. I love wolverines look, his style is dated and radically different from what you'd usually expect but there are familiar elements about him, which works really well. Long story short, i can easily say that the art fits the story perfectly.
Now the writing is something i though i'd have a lot of problems with, but the premise is actually amazing. The Villains have finely managed to organize and defeat the heroes once and for all, it's kind of like the apocalypse, only this time around, it's not about zombies or demons, it's the simple fact that the heroes didn't win. The Premise is so good that i wouldn't mind seeing this story from the perspective of other heroes one day(it's a bit late for that but i might as well put this thought out there). In this particular case we see things from wolverines eyes. So naturally i though that this was going to be a generic situation where wolverine is the only survivor, meaning it's up to him to regain some control, but this story actually put Wolverine in the kind of situation i wouldn't imagine him in. Wolverine has tried to redeem himself before, yes, but that doesn't mean that he would restrict himself from doing what needed to be done, or that he'd give up on fighting. Here he becomes a pacifist. Yes, Wolverine, becomes a pacifist of all things, which at first seems off, but as the story progresses it actually makes a lot of damn sense.
The Whole idea of this tale, is putting heroes in the type of situation in which they have to become crooks and "criminals" in order to do some actual good. Marvel Heroes are the type of people many look up to, so when Millar deconstructs them, it's actually a very interesting process. I'm Very glad they choose Hawkeye as supporting character, Because at the time this was written, Hawkeye has a very strict rule about killing people, so seeing him fall so far makes the reader realize what they had gone through. However, despite Hawkeyes change, it's still very vivid that he maintained, even after everything, his heroic spirit, he's still hawkeye, only he's willing to do more for the greater good. Though, There was one thing that bothered me, one of Hawkeyes x-wives is spider-mans daughter, which, in case you hadn't analysed it, is petty damn weird considering that Hawkeye is older than Peter Parker himself. It's not a big deal, but damn, it's things like this that take the enjoyment out of Millars stories.
Moving On, Wolverine as i said, made a promise that he would never hurt another living soul as long as he lived. This is made very clear from the beginning of the issue. Now, this story contains eight issues, so having the ability to develop a character is really important here, because, honestly who'd want to see wolverine talk about how he doesn't want to fight? The answer is no one. In the first few chapters, Wolverine absolutely reject fighting and violence, he doesn't even defend himself from the Hulk gang, even though he can slaughter them fairly easily. As the story moves forward, we slowly see the process of Logan fading away, and wolverine coming back. At the moment of wolverines FULL return, there is strong symbolism put into it, because he comes back while fighting with captain Americas shield. Captain America is an inspiration to the hero community, he's a soldier too, so having wolverine come back through such means shows that Millar wanted to showcase how Logan finely understood that doing nothing won't help anyone, though he comes to this final conclusion a bit later, but this moment is important because it's the point where everything was initiated.
On the other hand, i had immense problems in this issue. Most people ignore this but for a huge hulk fan like myself i find this nuance to be very important. While the story does Wolverine absolute justice, it does terrible things for the Hulk. Mark Miller seems to be interested in how Hulk, represents the primal monster who acts on impulse. This mean of course that if Banner represses something, hulk will display it right away as the transformation occurs. This is something i've noticed in his Ultimates series as well. Look, i love different interpretations, which is one of the reasons why i enjoyed when we see well known characters showcased differently then what we are use to, but this was going a bit overboard. Hulk is a cannibalistic monster here, who had sex with Jennifer, his Cousin, and created a whole gang that way. Wouldn't it have been better if banner had made a devise and created an army with it? It would have showcased his intelligence as a scientist which would have made him more of a threat. why go with this revolting rout? and how was bruce banner punching Wolverine around? when did he Become a powerhouse without the Hulk? That's a big Gap right there. However, despite what i've said, i guess i can see why Mark went about this from this perspective, Bruce Banner has always had great will power, it's part of his character, and he's been shown to never actually break, his just too "strong" for that, which is where the phrase "Strongest There Is" comes from. it Refers to Banners Will power and hulks strength. So having the strongest there is crack to the point where he would become a monstrous cannibal who kills people when he gets bored, really shows how humanity and the hero community has fallen. I guess you could say that Through him, Millar represented The state of the world. Though personally i don't see why he didn't Choose sabertooth, it would have made so much more sense to me, and it would give wolverine a more personal reason to break his new rule.
Overall Though, i can't really fault the story because it does seem to accomplish in what it wanted to do, and it's not like this does any damage to hulks character, since it's an alternate universe. So i'll say, despite the obvious over-the-top immature moments, it's a great read. I enjoyed it immensely.
4.5/5 - i'd give it a 4.5 but CV doesn't have that option any longer.