Title: John Byrne's Next Men
Issue: #1 (#31)
Release: December 2010
Writer and Artist: John Byrne
Store: Earth Prime Comics (Burlington, Vermont)
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I was first introduced to John Byrne's work with his series Cold War, an espionage adventure tale. I only made it through two issues of that story. This one seems a lot more promising to me. This issue is a continuation of Byrne's series of the same name from the early '90s. The relaunch explains the double-numbering. It's the 31st issue overall but just the first of the new era.
The story is, I have to admit, very confusing. Since I never read the originals, I can already see that I've got some catching up to do. Often, such a situation might turn me off but there's that certain something here that makes me want to learn more. Reading up a bit on the history, the Next Men are, predictably, a bit of a spoof on the X-Men but with a far more interesting back story. The first issue of the relaunch begins with a direct play on the X-Men idea but then heads in other directions. By the end of the issue, the characters are still very confused as to what's happening to them and I'm quite curious myself. I'm going back to the beginning for this one.
My scavenger hunt was pretty straight-forward: find single-issue comic
books off the rack with titles starting from A-Z. Go check out the rest
of the participants in this year's A-Z challenge. The official site is