Some of the best stories of the best there is at what he does. Mark Millar does nicely paced over the top action, filled with hyper-violence, poking fun at superheroes, playing for keeps, stories with a decent understanding of the characters he works with, and this showcase is of Marvel's main man, Logan, The Wolverine.
The first story is a 12 part epic called "Enemy of the State". It is longer than it needs to be but Millar does fill it out nicely so that each issue/chapter feels worth the read. The evil organizations of Hydra and the Hand have teamed up and captured and killed Logan. They then use the Hand's indoctrination process of bringing him back from the dead to be theirs as well as add some tech to control him. They unleash the Wolverine and no country, super-powered being, or regular person is safe as he is sent out to collect secrets to exploit as well as kill other super-powered beings to put them through the resurrection process. Again, this tale is long but goes through so many twists and turns as Logan struggles with being controlled and the rest of the super folks and high ranking agencies try to do what they have to do to stop him. Long time Marvel artist John Romita Jr. provides pencils for this epic and does so enjoyably. His simple yet dynamic and cartoony style is appropriate for this horrific tale of a killing machine being put to his intended use. The only thing that gets tiring is the massive body count Wolverine and the others make. It feels way too large for a superhero story, even if that hero is as messed up as Wolverine.
The next installment here is a one and done issue that takes place in a concentration camp in Poland, 1941. A new overseer is arriving to whip this camp into shape and is horrified at one of the prisoners who happens to have the weirdest haircuts in all of comics. This tale is very dark and heavy (big surprise there coming from Millar!) but works as interesting ghost story. I will just leave it at that but make mention of the art work Kaare Andrews and how moody and fitting it is.
The next and final tale is a seven issue and giant sized special extravaganza, and the highlight of this already awesome collection. This is Wolverine's "Dark Knight Returns". "Old Man Logan" starts off in the future where decades ago the supervillains won, killing off most of the heros, but for some reason Wolverine sulked off into the night not to fight ever again. He lives in the decimated and multiple warlord run U.S.A. in California as a husband, farther, farmer, and a man of peace who has not popped his claws since that dreadful night so long ago. He is past due on his rent to a crazy bunch of inbred Hulks and finds salvation in Hawkeye, now blind, showing up needing a driver to get him to the east coast to deliver a case. Logan cannot say no and you know he cannot hold out on his true nature as the former superheroes travel the hell that the U.S.A. has become. Lots of greatly used cameos and surprises and very satisfying payoffs makes this one of the best Wolverine stories ever. The fact that Steve McNiven illustrates it in all it's ghastly glory just makes so much better.
The quality of this omnibus is amazing as well. Marvel has been killing it releasing big collections of content that still seems slim but can be open wider than most smaller trade collections to avoid gutter loss. It is also wider and taller than the standard trade making it more of a widescreen experience which is great for these action packed stories and especially great for McNiven's beautiful art. Fans of Millar or Wolverine, or both, should definitely pick this one up.