4. Old Man Logan (Wolverine #66-72, Wolverine Giant-Size Old Man Logan, 2009)

Writer: Mark Millar
Artist: Steve McNiven

No one will ever confuse it for Shakespeare, but Old Man Logan is one of the most satisfying and over-the-top reads in recent memory. Revolving around a twisted future where America has been seized and divided up amongst the world’s most powerful supervillains, this storyline is a bleak look at a war-torn dystopia that only Wolverine could hope to put an end to. Squaring off against the Red Skull, who has made himself the new President, Wolverine also comes face-to-face with a horde of inbred Hulk monsters, a T-Rex that bonded with the Venom symbiote, and his own haunted past.

With all of the subtlety of a chainsaw, Mark Millar crafts an engrossing saga of violence and cynicism that should make any action-fiend smile with satisfaction. It also doesn’t hurt that Steve McNiven’s art is stellar. With its gruesome decapitation scene, countless lost limbs, and a complete evisceration of the Hulk, Old Man Logan often leans towards the absurd, but therein lies the brilliance.