Friday, September 9, 2011

Reviews: Next Men 2112; Planet of the Apes Vol. 1- The Long War

JOHN BYRNE'S 2112 (Dark Horse, Third Printing, 1994; Softcover)
Original Graphic Novel
Writer/ Artist- John Byrne
IDW is clowntown. They included this prequel/ sequel to Next Men in the beginning of Compleat Next Men Vol. 1 phonebook and in the first TPB of Classic Next Men, but omitted it from The Next Men Premiere Collection deluxe oversized hardcover. I dumped off both phonebooks to upgrade to the hardcovers, assuming that they would include this in the third and final hardcover. Of course, they didn't, so I had to track down a cheap copy of the old graphic novel in order to have it in color.
Next Men is and was way ahead of it's time, and reads very well nearly 20 years later. While Byrne's writing was still solid, his craft was beginning to deteriorate in terms of his artwork. The current Next Men series being published by IDW has much better artwork than you see here. Still, this is well wprth picking up and reading in whichever format you choose.
PLANET OF THE APES VOL. 1: THE LONG WAR (Boom, 2011; Softcover)
Collects Planet of the Apes Nos. 1-4 (cover dates April- July, 2011)
Writer- Daryl Gregory
Artist- Carlos Magno
Yes! Boom gets it, Daryl Gregory gets it, and Carlos Magno gets it. The “it” is what it takes to make a great Planet of the Apes comic book. I generally avoid plot synopses in my reviews because that type of “review” is retread central and can be found on pretty much every other comic news site and blog. This trade paperback (TPB) is value priced at $9.99 MSRP and is worth every penny. If you are a fan of the movies past or present, then this is for you.
The OCD zone: Softcovers don't usually get much OCD coverage here, but this is a solid feeling book with nice paper stock. Much nicer than the tissue paper that Dynamite or Image use on their “introductory” priced TPBs.

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