This can't really be read separate from Volume 1, and knowledge of the original series is advisable.
As a followup/sequel to John Byrne's Next Men comic book Phase 1, it entertains. As time travel fiction, it's fun if erratic and illogical (changes to the time stream remove the Next Men's special abilities but not their knowledge Pavel and has of the previous history) and it moves a trifle slowly and deliberately. Basically, Byrne loves time travel stories and has fun writing them. One complaint: one of the original Next Men apparently dies off camera, either because Byrne wanted to reduce the size of the cast or grew to dislike him. The absence of resolution is felt and seems needless.
There is a third volume, but I haven't read it, in part because of the cost. IDW has so far failed to put these books into paperback, and there are no reasonably priced secondhand copies available yet. These first two volumes could have been in a single paperback volume and would be reasonably priced.
- Hardcover: 120 pages
- Publisher: IDW PUBLISHING (1 April 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1613770693
- ISBN-13: 978-1613770696
- Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 1.3 x 25.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 540 g
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