Imagine Clint Eastwood from Unforgiven taking a road trip with Zatoichi the blind swordsman across the Road Warrior‘s version of America in the Spider-buggy. Now imagine that the part of Clint will be played by Wolverine and the part of Zatoichi is played by Hawkeye. Then imagine that the story is being told by the superstar team that brought us Civil War; Mark Millar and Steve McNiven! Now stop imagining it… it’s real.
Like most of the great stories, after reading them we all wonder how someone hadn’t done this long ago. With all the superheroes dead in one last gigantic battle, America has been divided up between several of the most powerful villains. The west coast is currently being charged rent by a group of seemingly inbred Hulk spawn that come fearfully close to a green version of the family from the Hills Have Eyes. How the heroes all died is one of the sweetest reveals that actually has you wondering if you just shit your own pants and is something I won’t give away here.
That last chapter of this story was delayed for those who bought the single issues, but for everyone who bought the hardcover the ending was immediate and just as thrilling as the rest of the story. Mcniven’s artwork is at the top of his game and Millar throws himself into the adventure, not trying to overly complicate the simplicity of the story but also not dumbing down the plot like Jeph Loeb‘s Hulk series. This isn’t just a series of titanic dust-ups strung together. Logan and Hawkeye both have great character moments throughout.
So to recap; we have Road Warrior influences, Zatoichi moments, an Unforgiven feel and a dark apocalyptic vision of the Marvel universe with two of comics greatest talents messing around in the toy box. Anything else? Sure, why don’t we say that we end with a little Lone Wolf and Cub? And if you don’t get the reference, stop crying about it and go buy the book! You won’t regret it.