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John Byrne's Next Men Book 1 (Next Men #1)

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  92 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Five mutates from Project Next Men escape the elaborate decades-long secret experiment to find themselves in a completely unfamiliar world. During a mysterious encounter in the desert, Bethany, Nathan, Danny, Jack, and Jazz begin to realize that they have been locked in a shared fantasy-world. Now they must come to terms with the real world and their strange powers before ...more
Paperback, 117 pages
Published March 16th 1993 by Dark Horse Books (first published 1993)
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Keith Davis
Jan 17, 2010 Keith Davis rated it really liked it
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Next Men was the best work of John Byrne's career. I wish he had stuck with it longer rather than returning to DC. It is his best writing and some of his best art, also some of his most original work.
Tom Malinowski
Oct 01, 2016 Tom Malinowski rated it it was amazing
The Greenery, an idyllic setting where youngsters just know everything and if they want something it simply appears. Jack fades from the Greenery, and wakes up in the real world in a laboratory. He frees four others, and their world changes forever. Any powers that they started exhibiting in this false world has come even more pronounced in reality. Torn between the truth, lies, who's out to save them and destroy them, these "Next Men" are certainly being tested to find out how to survive.
Erik Erickson
Oct 12, 2009 Erik Erickson rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of more "realistic" sci-fi superheroes grounded in reality more than the typical stuff
Shelves: comics, fiction
Wow, was I ever impressed by this $2.99 find at my local "A Comic Shop" in Orlando. Although I can't recall reading any of John Byrne's work since getting back into comics in 2003, I definitely know the name holds significance. I was surprised to see this original TPB being offered so cheaply.

That helped a great deal in setting my expectations low so that I was very impressed with what I got. It's an engaging read, competently written and drawn, although there are goofy spots of badly proportio
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Jon Holt
Sep 14, 2013 Jon Holt rated it it was amazing
Great setup. Byrne perhaps at his best. Somewhat recycling ideas and images from his days at Marvel, but you feel his creativity here is unrestrained. I'm on volume 3 right now, and can say Byrne really keeps the story moving. Ah, the good old days of pre2000 comics where 2 to 3 stories or arcs can be resolved or expanded in a couple of issues.
Mary  Lewys
Jan 04, 2008 Mary Lewys rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: new-comics
After John Byrne burned-out on Marvel comics, he went "independent" with a delightful new twist on four characters who receive special powers. I enjoyed this series, though it looses steam towards the end. It was if Byrne said what he had to say, but then couldn't let go.
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Aug 02, 2016 Roybot rated it really liked it
A little dated, but still a good read. Byrne does some interesting things with his heroes, and explores the idea that maybe having some powers wouldn't be as awesome as most comics make it seem.
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Clever ideas. Familiar tropes. A nice experiment. Worth the read.
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John Lindley Byrne is a British-born Canadian-American author and artist of comic books. Since the mid-1970s, Byrne has worked on nearly every major American superhero.

Byrne's better-known work has been on Marvel Comics' X-Men and Fantastic Four and the 1986 relaunch of DC Comics’ Superman franchise. Coming into the comics profession exclusively as a penciler, Byrne began co-plotting the X-Men com
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