A comiXologist Recommends:
Mike Isenberg recommends Solar: Man of the Atom #1
Did you know that Solar: Man Of The Atom #1 writer Frank Barbiere (fjbarb) used to work with us here at comiXology before leaving to become a full-time comics scribe?
Solar: Man Of The Atom #1 (written by Frank and drawn by Joe Bennett) is the newest book in Dynamite Entertainment’s re-launch of the classic “Gold Key” characters, which were originally created by publisher Gold Key in the 60’s. They have since made their home at a handful of other publishers (the original incarnation of Valiant, Acclaim, Dark Horse), and are now getting the royal treatment as the new kids on the block at Dynamite.
I’ll admit that I’m not familiar at all with the history of Solar, having never read the previous comics. That didn’t stop me from enjoying the new book, though. Everything you need to know is set up as the story unfolds. “The Man Of The Atom” is a super-powered vigilante—the alter-ego of scientist Phil Seleski—with the power to use energy manipulation and a knowledge of chemistry and physics to change the physical makeup of the matter around him. Basically, think Breaking Bad's Walter White, given the powers of Watchmen's Doctor Manhattan. And, y’know, a super-hero, rather than a drug dealer.
Issue #1 introduces us to Seleski as he thwarts an attempted bank robbery. He dispatches the robbers with apparent ease, but all is not as bright as it seems, as things begin to go wrong with his powers. We’re then introduced to his estranged daughter, Erica, who has reluctantly returned to her father’s side in his time of need. In between we get hints that the secrets Phil has surrounded himself with may be starting to crumble, and that an extra-terrestrial threat may be looming.
I guess I’m starting to see why Frank gave up the glory of data entry to work on comics. Solar: Man of the Atom #1 is an all-around fun read and one that I can definitely recommend.
Mike Isenberg is an Associate Production Coordinator at comiXology, and the co-writer of First Law Of Mad Science. He lives in Harlem with his cats, Edison and Tesla (They get along better than you’d expect, given their namesakes; though Eddie did recently have his cat-nip privileges revoked for shoving a mouse into an electrical outlet to demonstrate the dangers of A/C power…)
Chris Mooneyham’s variant to SOLAR #1 that will be on sale next weekend at AWESOMECON. I believe it’s limited to 500.
Having our book be called SOLAR: MAN OF THE ATOM and having a female version of Solar in it will never stop being funny to me.
FIVE GHOSTS #11 // FRANK J. BARBIERE // CHRIS MOONEYHAM // LAUREN AFFE // IMAGE COMICS // APRIL 23RD 2014
SOLAR: MAN OF THE ATOM #1 // FRANK J. BARBIERE // JOE BENNETT // LAUREN AFFE // APRIL 16TH 2014 // DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT
THE WHITE SUITS #3 // FRANK J. BARBIERE // TOBY CYPRESS // DARK HORSE COMICS // 4.16.14
SOLAR: MAN OF THEWAAAAAIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIT A SECOND THAT’S A LADY!!!!!!!!!!
SOLAR: (WO)MAN OF THE ATOM #3 in June by FRANK BARBIERE, JOE BENNETT, LAUREN AFFE, MARSHALL DILLON. Covers by JUAN DOE, JONATHAN CASE, EMA LUPACCHINIO. Edited/Packaged by me, for Dynamite Entertainment.
So, this is happening.
Emerald City Comic Con 2014!
This week brings us to ECCC ‘14 and I’m pretty damn excited. I’ll be very busy at the con, as well as bringing the wonderful exclusive above to the show.
First and foremost I will be stationed at table X-03, with the astonishingly talented Micael Walsh. It’s a great row of creators with fine folks like Ed Brisson, Brandon Graham, Kurtis Wiebe, and John Christmas all within spitting distance. I’ll be selling 100 copies of the Five Ghosts Exclusive at my table—you’ll be able to get the other 100 during my signing at the Image Comics booth. Find that info below:
Dark Horse Comics Black Skies Signing (Blackout)
Friday 3:30-4:30 P.M.
Sunday 11:00-11:50 A.M.
White Suits Signing (Dark Horse)
Friday 4:30-5:30 P.M.
Five Ghosts Signing (Image Comics—show exclusive on sale!)
Saturday 3:00-4:00 P.M.
In addition to the fun activities above, I’ll be on the following panels:
Dark Horse Black Skies Panel - Friday 2:00 P.M.
Dynamite Gold Key Panel - Saturday 12:00 P.M.
Image Comics Genre Panel - Saturday 5:00 P.M.
Dark Horse Builds Characters Panel - Sunday 2:40 P.M.
I’ll also be a “guest” at the Multiversity Dark Horse Black Skies party Friday night and the Rat Queens party on Saturday night. Come on out!
The Marvel June solicits went out earlier and now I can formally announce that I wrote the NEW AVENGERS ANNUAL! I’m really excited about this, especially because the amazing MARCO RUDY will be drawing it. It’s a Doctor Strange story and I’m really excited for everyone to see it.
Onwards and upwards. Here’s a link to the solicits:
FIVE GHOSTS #10 // MARCH 19th // FRANK J. BARBIERE // CHRIS MOONEYHAM // LAUREN AFFE // IMAGE COMICS