Judging byt the preview running in this month's IDW comics, JBNM might be an EYKIW. Then again, it might not. It likewise looks like it might be a great jumping on point for new readers. I assume John Byrne knows enough to make it one.
I wasn’t ignoring you, John. It was just that, with the release of the actual JBNM #1 so near, I thought I’d wait until I actually read the whole thing. [Spoilers here; I’m going to discuss specific plot points of issue #1.] I’m still not entirely sure what’s going on at this point, but that’s okay; we’re not supposed to yet. The feature character in issue #1 is Jasmine, who, from her point of view, was awakened from the “Greenery” into what she thought was the real world, was awakened again to find out what she thought was real was a lie, only to find out that the third reality was a lie. All that happened in volume one.
In volume two she awakens yet again, only to discover Aldus Hilltop is an ally, Agent Murcheson is now a wheelchair-bound doctor, and that Nathan, Danny and the others don’t necessarily like her very much. Much of the rest of the issue is a recap of what she remembers, basically the entire previous series, which is not what the others remember. Her memories extend a bit past the end of the first series, however, and explain where the Next Man have been… or where Jasmine thinks they’ve been… for the last 12 years. Maybe.
I don’t think one needs to be at all familiar with the previous series in order to enjoy this one, and I would recommend it to new and returning fans alike. The last page hints at the direction this new series is to take. I’m not certain how the two series fit together, but I am definitely eager to find out!
This new issue was, for me, the worst kind of info-dump comic. And I really believe Byrne has no humor bone left in his body.
Well, Bill, JBNM has been off the racks for a dozen years. the "info dump" is no less than I would have expected given that many readers are going to be wholly unfamiliar with the title. I think Bynre did a good job of incorporating 30-some issues of story into a single issue. IOW, I think it's the "best kind of info dump comic." :)
What do you mean that Byrne has no humor bone left in his body?
I found the book really interesting; Jasmine does seem to be the central character, and it does seem to recap thirty issues of JBNM as well as could be done without taking over the book (or without doing a thirty issue recap... :)
Jeff oE-J, I disagree with you on one point; the other Next Men only seem to dislike Jasmine in one sequence, not through the entire thing. Otherwise, they seem pretty concerned about her lack of grasp of "reality."
Once again, Byrne misses one of the easiest "reality checks" that I know of, though. If I'm Jasmine, and I'm not sure what is going on or where I am... the first thing I do is test my powers. If they're working... then everyone who says they're not is lying, or an illusion, or a conspiracy, etc. That's not how he tells his stories, and I understand that... but if I were Clark Kent, trying to be convinced if I were or weren't Superman, I'd try flying*, or poking myself with a knife.
However, Byrne's story telling is often far out there, risk-taking, and usually a good pay off for the investment by the reader; I see no reason to distrust him this time, and I am greatly looking forward to this series (unless they have to cancel it.)
*No, you jackwagons, I would NOT test my flying by JUMPING OFF A TWELVE STORY BUILDING! Why the hell is that always the test? I would test it by going to a swimming pool, getting up on the diving board, taking a running start, and aiming to miss the ground/water. If I can fly, it works. If I can't fly, the worst that happens is I fall into a swimming pool... not fall three hundred feet and break every bone in my body.