I excitedly waited for John Byrne’s Next Men Volume 2: Scattered Part 2 in the hope I could get answers to all the questions and dangling plotlines from volume 1. It does. Plus it’s the longest title I’ve encountered this year.
- Writer/Artist: John Byrne
- Hardcover: 120 pages
- Publisher: IDW Publishing
- ISBN-10: 1613770693
- ISBN-13: 978-1613770696
- $24.99 USD
- Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 6.9 x 0.5 inches
I’m happy to report this volume wraps things up quite nicely. Yes it closes with a new direction but there’s a nice satisfaction and feeling of closure. Characters are fleshed out as we watch them overcome their circumstances, not always as expected but in a thoroughly enjoyable manner. We’re fed just enough information to keep going and enjoy the ride; well done indeed.
Art continues to be classic Byrne but with a slight heaviness to the inks. I’m a broken record but if you’ve ever been a John Byrne fan pick up this series. Each issue opens with a splash page, an artistic comic element I didn’t realize I missed until reading this series.
This time around we get five issues for our $24.99 price tag, with a few extras: original covers inked and coloured. John Byrne’s Next Men Volume 2: Scattered Part 2 surpasses the excellence of the first volume: a quality read and a nice reintroduction to John Byrne. Oddly I couldn’t locate this volume on IDW’s website, but this seems to be a common problem.