Well, it has arrived! Now I am a regular collector of the Artist/Artifact Editions and without a doubt, this is a treasure.

It’s hard to not rush through it the first time through, because there is page after page of stunning Byrne/Austin artwork. So that is what I did. I rushed through it. Several times actually.

There was a very interesting phenomenon that took place with this Artist Edition that I can honestly say hasn’t happened before in any of the previous AE. There were a ton of panels in this run that were burned into my brain from previous perusals. I knew them like the back of my hand. They looked different as a result of the increased size of the artwork. Not necessarily better, but different. I discussed this with other original artwork fans and they agreed.

The Byrne/Austin artistic team are undoubtedly one of comicdom’s favourite artistic teams. They rank right up there with Kirby /Sinnott, Colan/Palmer and John Romita/Jim Mooney and Adams/Palmer!

In this size and format, the magic that this artistic team gave us is a highlight in sequential art storytelling.

If you have been sitting on the fence in regards to this one, run, don’t walk to your favourite comic shop and order it. It is well worth the price tag!

The last post I did on the Byrne X-Men Elsewhen project seems to have gotten Marvel and Byrne talking to each other again and it is heavily suggested that something is in the works.

Hope springs eternal!

Continued Happy Collecting!