Images © John Byrne.

Now that the recap of issue 1 is out of the way, John has chosen to advance his story by the time-honored device of throwing members of his team individually into different places of peril. Actually it’s different places and times here. Antonia, a black woman, finds herself in the southern U.S. during our Civil War, with predictable results. Other characters are thrown into Nazi Germany during World War Two and England several hundred years ago. As a plot device, this keeps things moving as we can’t help sympathizing with the characters trying to deal with their new realities, and mostly not doing so well. I have to say the places and times chosen seem somewhat predictable, easy targets.

Byrne’s art looks good, more polished in the rendering and inking than some of his other recent work, continuing from issue 1 to follow what I recall of the style used for the original series. It works for me.

I’ll continue reading, enjoying the melodrama, but I can’t help feeling that there are not going to be many surprises ahead. Hope I’m wrong.


3 thoughts on “And Then I Read: JOHN BYRNE’S NEXT MEN 2

  1. Lawrence

    Dave Cockrum, John Byrne, John Buscema are, by far, my favorite artists. The provided me with the art of my childhood; I gravitated to their styles more than anyone else’s. Technically, and if I’m being fully candid, Byrne’s artwork outshines the other two. I’ve always liked Byrne’s art over his writing, though his O.M.A.C. story was strong and the only storyline ever to do justice to Kirby’s vision for the character. I’m glad to see Byrne active again. In spite of the writing, if that’s the only way we can get it, having more Byrne art out there is a great thing.

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