A polarizing figure in Marvel comics, Mark Millar wins fans for his gritty take on superhero storytelling and loses just as many for chronically deviating from established canon in the name of, well, being gritty. That said, a notable standout is his Old Man Logan story arc. Because it makes no pretense of hewing to canon, the series allowed Millar to do what he does best: reimagine established characters in unlikely settings, behaving in ways contrary to readers' expectations. What we're trying to say is, as much as we would prefer to deny it, Old Man Logan is pretty good—and not just on the "good for Millar" scale his critics use.
Taking place in an alternate universe in which most superheroes have long since been killed, Old Man Logan depicts Logan as a guilt-ridden pacifist who's vowed never to use his claws again. Indebted to an inbred gang of Hulks, he sets out on a road trip with Hawkeye (now blind) to deliver a mysterious package and get square with the Hulks so they'll stop terrorizing him and his family. (Also, Logan has a family. Weird, right?) Naturally, it all goes remarkably badly as we learn the real reason Logan refuses to use his claws: long ago, Mysterio tricked him into murdering most of the X-Men.
We're glad to see a (very) loose adaptation of Old Man Logan finally come to theaters. That said, good as its comic source material is, Logan is better. James Mangold and his team adapted Millar's tale of guilt and rage into something darker and smarter. We'd trade blind Hawkeye for senile, accidentally genocidal Dr. Xavier any day.