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Logan’s Run is a novel by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson. Published in 1967, I never read the book nor have seen the many adaptations of the story in film or television but I really enjoyed reading these comics.
Instead of reviewing these books separately I decided to give a general review of the whole universe created in the ‘Logan’s Run’ comic books. I think that this will give a greater understanding of the whole scope in fleshing out such a complex and interesting world.
‘Logan’s Run’ is a fresh comic with the feel of an 80’s or 90’s action movie plot. It has elements that are similar to ‘Total Recall’, ‘Terminator’ and those apocalyptic scenarios that throw humanity into a wasteland. Created by William F. Nolan & George Clayton Johnson in the late sixties, it depicts a dystopic ageist future society in which both population and the consumption of resources are maintained in equilibrium by requiring the death of everyone when reaching a particular age. The world has been ravaged by a nuclear war that has pushed humanity into near extinction. This is an Orwellian setting that was quite popular in the movies during the seventies.
The story follows the actions of Logan, a Sandman charged with enforcing the rule, as he tracks down and kills citizens who “run” from society’s lethal demand only to end up “running” himself. The writing is so good that the fast paced thriller style makes you question Logan’s motivations at every turn. Is he really playing along just to get to Ballard or does he really want to run? The writers were clearly influenced by the movie as the comic plays much like a cinematic experience. I am not saying that that is bad, actually, I believe it made me enjoy the story better because it pulls in Logan’s world.
In the process we are introduced to an android, half human and half machine with his own back story that involves Ballard. Each character brings another level of emotions to the story, and when we see the issues together with the others, we get a sense of complex layers of characterisation in the main antagonists.
This whole story is an entertaining and engaging read. The writing is fast paced and never gets boring. The art varies from book to book; however, the different types of art used for each book highlight the different moods of the books. When the books focus on the androids origin, the art is sharp and clear, while when we read the aftermath which is supposed to be a bit more emotional, the art is corresponding to that mood, dark and hazy.
I recommend these books for their good character development and the overall scope of the stories. However, I also recommend these books on the note of nostalgia. While reading them, I felt being transported to my childhood and early teens where the movie scene was littered with these types of scenarios. This series of comics also feels like homage to that era of storytelling whilst being a very modernized adaptation of the original material.