Wolverine and the Hand is an old song that’s been played many times, but in “Marvel Legacy” Old Man Logan will be revisiting that with the grizzled Wolverine from the future, an upgrade to the ninja group, and a new foe; the Scarlet Samurai.
Ed Brisson and Mike Deodato Jr. are continuing their run into “Legacy” with Old Man Logan #31 in November, and picking up on the legacy of these two sides' centuries-long struggle to deliver what the writer calls a “convergence point between the original Wolverine and Old Man Logan.”
Newsarama: Ed, Wolverine vs. ninja. It's like ketchup and fries, except with more sharp points. But in this case, it's Old Man Logan versus the Hand. How would you size up each side of the equation here?
Ed Brisson: Logan on his worst day shouldn't have much of a problem taking down the Hand. They've got the numbers, but these suckers tend to go down pretty easily. This has always been their problem, in my eyes. But...what if that wasn't the case? What if the Hand found a way to become stronger? To become more of threat?
Mike Deodato Jr.: The Hand has always been a formidable enemy, but it seems this time they’ve gotten a hold of some tech that will make them potentially the most dangerous army on Earth. On the other hand, no pun intended, Logan is more dangerous than ever, with all the experience and rage he’s accumulated over the years.
Brisson: And, as with most stories involving The Hand, it's usually the person(s) behind the Hand that's the real threat. And in this case, we're getting a bit of a two for one deal. Scarlet Samurai and Gorgon are running a deadly game with the Hand that could have global implications. (by the way: That's Gorgon, a.k.a. Tomi Shishido, not the Inhumans' Gorgon).
Nrama: How does Logan get back in the crosshairs of the Hand here?
Brisson: Logan has ended up in Japan, as he does, dealing with a seemingly unrelated matter when he, more or less, finds himself in the Hand's crosshairs. It's perhaps a little more than just him stumbling into their latest scheme, but still, he's in Japan and he's gotten in the way of Gorgon and the Hand's plans. Being that both Gorgon and the Hand have a long history with Logan, they're not going to let this opportunity pass. The Hand is deadlier, so who better to test their mettle against than the man who's turned so many of them to dust?
Nrama: So you have Gorgon and a new character named Scarlet Samurai. How would you describe the Hand’s status right now?
Brisson: As hinted at earlier, the Hand have too long been cannon fodder for the Marvel Universe. It's time for them to power up if they want to make any sort of real impact. So, under the leadership of Gorgon and the Scarlet Samurai, they do just that. They become something more than what they've been in the past and, as a result, are potentially a bigger, deadlier threat.
Nrama: Deo, how do you nail down the designs and mannerisms of Hand ninja to draw so many of them?
Deodato: It depends on the scene. Sometimes it is actually better to make them look the same, like a swarm of bees. Making them look like a cohesive mass of an army might give a more threatening effect than to draw them as individuals.
Nrama: Any chance we'll see Logan revisit the memorable Madripoor out of this - or perhaps even an Old Man Patch?
Nrama: I’ll take what I can get.
One thing I might be able to get out of you is more on this Scarlet Samurai, who is on the covers to Old Man Logan #31. Who or what is this new figure?
Brisson: The Scarlet Samurai is one of the two main figures behind the Hand and their fight with Logan. Just who the Scarlet Samurai and what her beef with Logan is is something that readers are going to have to tune in to find out. But, what I will say is that she and Logan have a long history together and if anyone can hurt him, it's going to be her.
Deodato: Scarlet Samurai looks very good! I didn’t create her, but readers will be shocked when they find out who is behind that mask.
Nrama: Deo, this isn't your first time with Wolverine - but you've grown since then, and so has Wolverine - becoming Old Man Logan. Coming into "Legacy" here, how do you feel about being back drawing Wolverine - nearly 10 years since your Wolverine: Origins run?
Deodato: I have been awaiting it for so long. When I left Origins years ago Axel promised me I would be back and here I am. So happy. My friends at Marvel go way beyond their duty to keep me happy and that is something I value a lot. I always do my best at any project given, but I cannot deny that working on books with characters, writers and editors I like gets the best of me and my art.
Nrama: So, big picture then… What does "Legacy" mean for this title, and for Logan?
Brisson: We'll be looking at the Harada Clan, The Silver Samurai and how the Scarlet Samurai fits into all of this. Where did she come from and why is she here? It's very much about the legacy and history of the clan.
In terms of Logan, it's a chance for him to face his past - his pre-Wastelands past. Up until now, we've really only seen him dealing with things from his past (even though it's 50 years in the future) and not much of what came before. In this arc, we get a nice convergence point between the original Wolverine and Old Man Logan. We're going to get us a nice classic Wolverine tale.
Deodato: For me, it means a return to Logan's roots: Japan, the Hand, Ninjas - they are all important part of Logan's history and it feels good to be able to revisit it.
And here is the solicitation for the first issue of this arc:
OLD MAN LOGAN #31
ED BRISSON (W) • MIKE DEODATO JR. (A)
Cover by MUKESH SINGH
THE SCARLET SAMURAI Part 1
Old Man Logan – the man who was Wolverine – is up against a foe like no other…the Hand! Logan’s past comes back to haunt him when a former love drags him into battle with the Hand, who have bolstered their forces like never before. Just when things couldn’t get any worse, Logan encounters the mysterious Scarlet Samurai! Will Logan be able to discover who she is and take down the Hand?