When Old Man Logan makes the jump to the mainstream Marvel Universe in early 2016, artist Andrea Sorrentino is coming with him. After drawing Old Man Logan’s Secret Wars tie-in alongside writer Brian Michael Bendis, Sorrentino welcoming his Green Arrow collaborator, writer Jeff Lemire. to bring the grizzled, aged veteran Wolverine into "All-New All-Different Marvel."
With the final Secret Wars issue of Old Man Logan out last week, Newsarama spoke to Sorrentino about what it’s like getting into the headspace of drawing Old Man Logan, his dream projects, and how he plans to switch things up when the series returns as an ongoing in 2016.
Newsarama: Andrea, your gritty style seems like a no-brainer for a character like Logan. Is Wolverine a character you have wanted to draw for a long time?
Andrea Sorrentino: Indeed! And I should also add that “Old Man Logan” has always been my favorite Wolverine story. I remember when I talked with Brian Michael Bendis and editor Mike Marts about the chance to work on a sequel, it was like Christmas came early. You can ask Mike and he will confirm that when I knew I would do this, I literally sent him an email a week just to ask when we would start! It has been a huge gift from them, really.
Nrama: The Old Man Logan Secret Wars series has seen Logan traveling all over Battleworld. Is there a particular territory he’s visited that you liked best, or really identified with?
Sorrentino: I think I usually work a bit better with gritty\dark\desolate settings so I’d say for sure the Wastelands in the first issue, and the Deadlands in #4. I’ve also got the chance to play a bit with Apocalypse along the way, that wasn’t bad at all! I love these kind of semi-divine characters and the challenge to make them look imposing and menacing in the panel they’re revealed. And I’ve also tried to give a bit of dark ‘cyberpunk’ touch to Technopolis in #3 so, well, I think it was in general a lot of fun.
Anyways, in general, and know it’s pretty weird to say cause I’m usually a pretty happy and nice person, I have to agree I really find myself in the most nihilistic\tragic settings so I’m happy the new series will focus on dark alleys and flashbacks from the Wastelands.
Of course, I also have to give credit to my faithful colorist Marcelo Maiolo. At least half of the magic you see on my pages comes from his colors too.
Nrama: How do you maintain visual consistency while constantly changing up Logan’s environment?
Sorrentino: To be honest, I don’t think too much about it. I just let the things go. [Laughs]
It’s a bit like Konstantin Stanislavski’s system… I try to be in the right mood for the scene I’m going to draw and then just let my interiority condition what I draw. This includes listening the right songs, reading some lyrics, watching some specific movies sometimes.
Nrama: You’re sticking with Old Man Logan when the series makes the jump to ongoing after Secret Wars. However, rather than working with Bendis, you’re teaming back up with your Green Arrow collaborator Jeff Lemire. What do you see as the biggest differences in working on the character with Brian, versus working on Logan with Jeff?
Sorrentino: I think that both are huge talents, among the best in the market, and I feel lucky that I had the chance to work with them. And both of them always gave me a lot of room to interpret and in some cases re-elaborate the script to my vision. It’s great to work with writers like that cause you know the final work will be an organic collaboration and a unique product, because it will mix two persons’ point of view on the same story.
Couldn’t point out any specific difference, to be honest, but I hope to have the chance to work many other times with both of them in the future.
Nrama: “Old Man Logan” is one of the biggest Wolverine stories of recent memory. How do you honor the story told by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven while still making it your own?
Sorrentino: As I said before, Wolverine has always been one of my favorite characters in the Marvel Universe. I really love the "survivors": These melancholic, disenchanted men out of time that, no matter how bad life has been for them, keep doing the right thing, keep following the good path. And I think Millar’s “Old Man Logan” is probably the best there is (pun intended) together with the Dark Knight Returns when it comes to this. That’s why I love this story so much. It’s moody, but also exciting and liberating in the conclusion.
For my part, I can only try to honor this by doing my best.
Nrama: With Old Man Logan joining the mainstream Marvel Universe, are there any other Marvel characters you’re going to get a chance to draw? Any you’d like a shot at?
Sorrentino: Following the "survivors" theme, I’ve often said I have a personal "trinity" at Marvel who’s composed by Wolverine, Captain America and The Punisher. And, despite how much I like to try crazy things on pages, I also tend to feel closer to much "grounded" stories and characters. I’ve just extended my exclusive with Marvel, so I really hope to have the chance to work on a great Cap story along the way in future.
Nrama: Have you changed your style or the way you work at all in making the jump from DC to Marvel?
Sorrentino: Uhmmmm, no, I wouldn’t say so. I try, for sure, to set some little differences in my layout approach depending on what I’m working on (and this also involves some hours of talk with the always incredibly patient Maiolo for the colors) but in general I’d say my style remains the same. And I have to thank Marvel and DC for this, cause it’s great when they let you work in a way you’re used to.
Nrama: What can fans expect when Old Man Logan joins the Marvel Universe? Can you tease us with what’s coming?
Sorrentino: I honestly don’t want to spoil too much, cause I’m afraid Jeff could kill me (I’ve heard he was a brutal hockey player when he was younger!), but I can for sure say that, as a man who has lost everything for years just to be suddenly put again in front of what it’s basically his past, Logan will have a lot to metabolize. And he will have to face his past and present and try to understand his role in this new world.
Also, I can confirm that, as Jeff will take care of the mutants’ new dynamics in his Extraordinary X-Men, here we have all the room to focus on a very harsh, violent, intimate Logan solo tale. I can also add that we’re also seeing the Wastelands again. It’s a full world yet to be explored, and you will discover something new about it as the new series unfolds.