Review: Logan’s Run: Last Day

Published on June 9th, 2010

I’m a pretty large proponent that when done correctly, science-fiction, is the greatest of all genres. However, even the term “sci-fi” has an unshakable stigma associated with it that conjures images of smelly nerds, fat nerds, and…awkward nerds.

Everyone has seen, or at least heard of, movies like Star Wars, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Aliens, etc. However, there are some of the more hardcore fans who are deeply into those “cult sci-fi” franchises. Franchises like Logan’s Run.

loganrun_lastday1Enter Paul J. Salamoff. Salamoff is the writer of Logan’s Run: Last Day and to say that you can tell he is one of those hardcore fans would be an understatement. This is not a hollywood cash-in of an old property. It’s not promotional material cleverly timed around a synergistic summer movie release. There’s no fluff dialogue, no cheesy tag lines, and no generic villains. This is a book written by someone who clearly knows Logan’s Run and has an appreciation for the material that I think few would expect.

If you’re like me, when you see a comic and it doesn’t have a Marvel or DC logo on it, you laugh it off as being something that clearly isn’t “good enough.” I mean, if it’s so damn awesome how come one of the big boys didn’t pick it up? Blue Water Comics is not a publisher I was familiar with in the least. So if someone were to read this article and brush off this new Logan’s Run book, I would understand, but I would really feel sorry for them. Thus we have the age old struggle of David vs. Goliath. Blah blah blah, cliché cliché, Marvel has money, blah blah blah, indie comics, bore blah blah. You can tell I don’t want to get into that whole argument.

The set up for this series in a nutshell is as follows: After the human race almost went extinct, about 3% of the world’s population survived and devised a plan so that overpopulation, disease, etc. would never happen. People are embedded with a crystal on their hand when they’re born. It changes colors every seven years to signify their age. The crystal turns black on the person’s 21st birthday which means that they must report to a sleep camp to be exterminated. Those who don’t report are called “runners.” The story follows Logan who is an agent that hunts down these runners, as they are considered traitors and the lowest form of scum to society. Logan is the greatest agent of all time and has put down more runners than any of his colleagues, but when he gets an opportunity to infiltrate “Sanctuary,” the destination for all runners, he starts to make certain compromises.

I’ll give you three types of people that need to pick up this comic series: people who loved the original book, Logan’s Run written by William F. Nolan, people who were interested in the 1970s movie, and finally people that like dystopian science-fiction. If you don’t think you immediately fall into one of those groups but like me have always been interested in Logan’s Run but may not have checked it out before, now’s the time to check it out.

The comic is very interesting as well as original, but it’s not without it’s flaws. Those completely unfamiliar with Logan’s Run or science-fiction of this kind will most likely find themselves lost at some point. The writing assumes you know the set-up of everything and hits the ground running. Many will like that as there is no hand-holding or time spent trying to bring people up to speed. But others who might pick the book up because they like the word, “Salamoff,” may feel confused when reading. The art is sufficient, but none of the panels really have that “wow” moment that you want. Combat is drawn decently but I felt like there were better angles or techniques that could have showcased some things better. A lot of this is moot because you’ll be picking this up for the story anyway.

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Salamoff comes off as a better writer than you’d expect writing for an indie comic. His writing reminds me of Paul Jenkins in a way and I don’t know why. I think because I’m interested in every page and the environment is full realized. Do yourself a favor and grab the first three issues of this series and expand your world a little bit beyond the standard Marvel and DC fare that comes in every week. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Issue 3 just hit shelves today, go grab it.


Butner Brimberry

Butner@comicimpact.com