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5 Books to Read Before Watching Logan

So Marvel and 20th Century Fox’s Logan is almost upon us and I want to help you guys understand and enjoy the film even more. Here are 5 books to read before watching Logan.

X-23: Innocence Lost

X-23 first appeared in the book NYX where she appeared as a prostitute for a pimp named Zebra Daddy. There was no connection to Wolverine at first with the exception for the two claws on either forearm. We later find out that she’s had a troubled existence at this point and that she’s what we call “effed up”. Oh and she also kills her pimp.

Old Man Logan

The film “Logan” had borrowed a lot of elements from “Old Man Logan” which was written by Mark Millar with art by Steve McNiven. The most obvious element is Logan’s age when the story begins, both are old and grizzled and had enough of the world’s shit. Secondly, we also have a world where heroes/ mutants have vanished thrusting Logan into further loneliness. There’s a boat load of other stuff that they got to transfer over to “Logan”.

Death of Wolverine

So why is this story in this list? Because its the last Wolverine story by Charles Soule and Steve McNiven (again). One STRONG element that they took here is Logan getting sick with adamantium poisoning and looking to finally settle the score with Sabretooth AND Dr. Cornelius. Alas, he had to bite the bullet by the end of the story. Check it out, its a pretty interesting story. Of course, there’s some backdoor politics going on, whether or not Marvel would ever admit it.

All New Wolverine volume 1 – The Four Sisters

After The Death of Wolverine, X-23 eventually took over the mantle of Wolverine and went on various adventures which was written by Tom King and various artists. The first story resembles one of the basic plots of LOGAN wherein she also encounters clones of herself. Unfortunately these clones weren’t as strong as Laura Kinney. In fact, they were more vulnerable than what we have come to expect from Wolverine and his kin. How she reacts seeing her “sisters” is also completely different from when how Logan reacted when he first encountered X-23 both in the comics and the movie.

X-Force (2008) by Craig Kyle and Chris Yost

In the end of the X-Men crossover “Messiah CompleX”, Wolverine and Cyclops decide that they need to be proactive in dealing with threats to mutants and thus a new X-Force is born with Wolverine, Warpath, Wolfsbane, Archangel and X-23. In this run by Chris Yost and Craig Kyle, we see how Wolverine tries to dissuade his “daughter” to go down this bloody path and continue being a killer. Meanwhile Laura knows that this is a necessary evil and is willing to go down Cyclops’ path and thus clashes often with Logan; something that we will see continually all throughout the James Mangold film.

So there you have it 5 Books to Read Before Watching Logan.  You may want to also check out the Logan review I published today.

LOGAN now showing from 20th Century Fox

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