James Logan is Wolverine. Wolverine is one of the X-Men, led by Charles Xavier, a man who preaches forgiveness and embracing both self-power and control. Logan’s inclusion on such a team is unique: he’s not exactly the hero type. He doesn’t smile, he doesn’t play politics, he’s not in it for the team.
Nevertheless, he’s on the team. His moral compass is strictly his own. In step with his rage, he bores into his reality until he gets the job done, thrashing with his adamantium claws through anything that gets in his way. But here’s the real kicker – the indestructible alloy bound to his bones isn’t even his super power. It’s his insane healing factor. Shoot him in the face? Bite him in half? Put him through a wood chipper? Just give it a few minutes…he’ll be back.
Sounds pretty cool, right?
Well, yeah, except for as many times as he comes back, he takes on all the pain he’s gone through. Combine that with a giant heart, short fuse, major rage, and hyper focus, and we’re essentially left with…each and every one of us.
Everyone has a little Logan in them.
Yeah, that’s right. Everyone has this masterful quality inside that drives them through the saddest, most upsetting instances of their lives. It lets them revel, flourish in their flaws as they turn to progress.
Know what my favorite thing about progress is? It’s not about being perfect. It’s about knowing where you stand, and understanding where and how you can stand next. And Logan gets it. He takes all his flaws and bears their weight, knowing he’s going to use any opportunity he gets to set it as right as possible. In a world of gray area, that’s a big deal.
I think most fear this, if they even acknowledge its existence. In some sense, we’re all searching for some sort of Professor Xavier. And even then there lies a misguided reception: that they must always be at our side or in our heads for us to act as necessary. But that’s not the case. Check out Old Man Logan from Mark Millar and Steve McNiven and you’ll see what I mean. We can take memories anywhere we go, and we only need something to happen once to take it with us. I wonder what would happen if we opened ourselves to a little more of Logan’s perspective, because we’d be opening ourselves to…us. But that’s oddly foreign, especially if we consider that moral compass bit. My solution would be for everyone to read more comics.