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5 Books To Read If You Loved Logan

By / June 22, 2017 / no comments

Hugh Jackman as the Wolverine has been one of the highlights of Sony’s X-Men franchise. Even has the main films were not particularly well recieved, his performance has always be on this side of goodness. He’s the best at what he does, and commonly, what he does isn’t pretty. This year’s blockbuster hit Logan,  the last X- film that Jackman says he’s going to be a part of, is no different.

A pseudo-post apocalyptic tale about the elderly Logan and Charles Xavier, where they through misadventure and incredible amounts of violence, come to terms with their collective mortalities, about how they spent their lives, and what is worth fighting for. In that vein, the following are five titles, many of which will be comics, that you will enjoy if you came out of Logan wanting more.

Death of Wolverine, Wolverine created by Len Wein, John Romita, Sr, and Herb Trimpe, written by Charles Soule, Art by Steve McNiven, Justin Ponsor, and Jay Leisten

Wolverine was first published in The Incredible Hulk #181 in November of 1974. Forty three years later, the Wolverine still one of the most popular books Marvel publishes. One of the biggest plot hooks that comic writers have used over the decades is the key to most of his other abilities, that he is, due to an accelerated healing factor, functionally immortal. But what if he wasn’t? What if all that, eventually and as most things do, comes to an end?

In Death of Wolverine, Logan’s healing factor is nullified, and instead of trying to get it fixed, he accepts his fate, but when he learns that someone has put a price on his head, he runs out to find out who, knowing full well that this can, and probably will be, his last mission.

The Sound of Her Wings”, Sandman created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg. Written by Neil Gaiman, art by Mike Dringenberg, Malcolm Jones III, Robbie Busch, and Todd Klein

Of all of the Sandman characters created by the amazing Gaiman, Death has to be one of the most popular. Cosplayed at every convention worth it’s salt, one of the two characters who got their own spin offs, and is generally a very refreshing take on the personification of the end of life.

In this single issue, one of two in the original series of Sandman, Death, in her special way, talks Dream out of his stupor and gets him to go see what he’s missed since he was locked away before the start of the series. Following her as she goes about doing her job as a psychopomp, guiding the dead to their afterlife, he finds purpose once more.

Mortal Gods”, published in Unaccompanied Sonata and Other Stories, by Orson Scott Card

What if you did, in fact, live forever? Not only only were you immortal, but you carried with you the collected memories of everyone who came before you? In this short story, aliens with these properties come to Earth to find the one thing they don’t have, death. In discussions with an elderly man at the end of his own life who is convinced that death is not at all a good thing, the aliens say that human culture is “built around death”.

The man, a Mr. Craine, who says of himself “I’m about to die, and there’s nothing great about it”, does indeed pass on before the aliens, who find the whole event beautiful. Something to consider, as we think about characters who might never before had to contemplate their own mortality.

Lazarus, Created by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark, Written by Greg Rucka, art by Michael Lark, Jodi Wynne, and Santi Arcas

Are you what you were made to be, or can you be more than that? Can you overcome the weapon someone had in mind for you? This and more are constant themes in this ongoing comic series. Forever is a Lazarus, a warrior who fights as a champion for her ultra rich family against the Lazari of other families who together control this bleak future Earth. The Lazari, through various advanced technologies, are functionally immortal, as if more than a few cells remain of them, they can be reborn to fight again.

But do you want to do more than this? Do you want to be more than the sword of your family? Do you want to kill and die for your family, over, and over again? Is there more to life, or are you what you were made to be? Pick of Lazarus, and find out for yourself.

What Dreams May Come by Richard Matheson

Is death something to be feared, or is it something to take comfort in, for all that you have lost will be returned to you and, perhaps, you will be reborn to meet your soulmate again? Matheson, in a departure from his more common horror works such as I am Legend and work on The Twilight Zone, penned this piece a man who dies, go to one vision of a heaven, and descends into hell to save the soul of his wife who killed herself from grief.

This is on the list less because it shares a theme with Logan in and of itself, as it doesn’t. Instead, What Dreams May Come shares a feeling that I had after I, admittedly tear-streaked, left the movie, and thought about it  for a while. The movie makes you think about your own mortality, but this novel, and its film adaption starring the late Robin Williams, might ease your troubled mind a bit.

Which books do you think might be good for someone who just watched the harrowing Logan? Do you agree with my list? Tell me which five books, and why, would you suggest to moviegoers in the comments below.

About the author

David Castro

David Castro is co-editor and co-founder of Babbling of the Irrational, a submission based literary blog. Writer, Nerd, other single word descriptions. Flushing, New York

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