John Byrne’s High Ways Debuts in January from IDW

IDW Publishing announced yesterday THE HIGH WAYS, a brand-new, sci-fi adventure mini-series written and drawn by Byrne. This mini-series will also tie in a bit to Byrne’s Next Men.

THE HIGH WAYS follows the exploits of a spirited young man named Eddie Wallace. Hungry for the brand of wild adventure only available off-planet, Eddie joins up with a crew of a rock-hopping freighter, eager to see what lies beyond the clouds. As these things tend to go, however, everything in these early days of interstellar travel isn’t quite what it seems as intrigue and mystery abound.

“This evolved into something a bit more like Dan Dare, the British sci-fi strip so beloved from my childhood and early teens. I liked the idea of playing in that “old time sci-fi” kind of milieu, where all the adventures took place within the Solar System, and where life — even intelligent, humanoid life — was to be found everywhere,” said Byrne before adding an extra tidbit for his fans. “I decided this takes place in the Next Men“universe” — though in the altered timeline our heroes created when they wiped out Project Next Men. The time is eighty or ninety years in the Future, roughly, and a central character of the first arc is Eddie Wallace, who appeared briefly in the previous series.”

IDW also announced that they have two more projects from Byrne ready to roll out next year as well. Looks like 2013 could be a big Byrne year!

The High Ways #1 will be in stores in January.

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