Marvel announces Old Man Logan prequel series Old Man Hawkeye

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Old Man Logan, the alternate version of Wolverine created by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven, has seen renewed interest in the last two years or so. After initially getting the spotlight in the 2008 Wolverine comic story of the same name, the character went dormant for a while before being resurrected by the universe-colliding events of Secret Wars. Then he both got a chance to become a part of the main Marvel Universe and have his own movie. James Mangold's runaway hit Logan, following an aged version of Hugh Jackman's superhero movie icon, was inspired by the character and his original story.

Now, one of Old Man Logan's counterpoints is getting his own chance to shine.

This week, Marvel announced Old Man Hawkeye, a 12-issue miniseries from writer Ethan Sacks (Secret Empire: Brave New World) and artist Marco Checchetto (Star Wars: Captain Phasma) that will follow the title character through his own adventures five years before the events of the original "Old Man Logan" story.

As "Old Man Logan" readers will remember, Hawkeye is one of Logan's closest allies in the original series, but his famously precise vision has been taken from him by cataracts. In Old Man Hawkeye, Clint Barton will embark on a story in which he's already aware that he's losing his sight, but must complete the mission anyway.

"In this story, he's losing his vision and that sort of forces him to confront something really horrible that happened to him personally 45 years ago, and go on his own hero's journey while he still can," Sacks told the New York Daily News.

"It's very much like a ticking clock that's forcing him into action."

The first issue of Old Man Hawkeye arrives in January. Check out the cover below.

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