Advanced Review: Solar, Man of the Atom #2

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Posted by: Byron Brewer, Managing Editor
created 05/17/2014 - 10:21am, updated 05/17/2014 - 12:44pm
Frank J. Barbiere,
Joe Bennett,
Kelly Fitzpatrick and Mauricio Wallace,
Frank J. Barbiere,
Juan Doe,
Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: 
May 21, 2014

The strange story of Phil Seleski continues in this rebooting of a Gold Key classic. I must say I am somewhat underwhelmed by its promises of cosmic adventure, but I can wait. What I do appreciate is that we are getting a multi-issue origin story, I just am not sure if our hero is Dr. Seleski or his daughter Erica.

About Erica: Writer Frank Barbiere has certainly given her a filthy mouth, and she spouts the F-bomb like I eat Cheetos, which is often. I would complain, especially since she does so in front of a child in Solar: Man of the Atom #2, but then Barbiere calls my bluff and makes it a delightful part of the plot toward the middle of our story.

I knew Barbiere was trying to give Phil a solid family background to show how his energy “situation” affects the people in his life like it would any of us, but Erica is the star in #2 with Dad just making a brief one page appearance toward the end. (Hope that is not a spoiler.) She is on the cover of #3 in Solar’s (no one has publicly called him that yet in the book) superhero costume, so I am somewhat concerned. I want Phil to be Solar!

The art by Joe Bennett has been spot-on thus far, and really carries the script well, even enhancing it in some places, like where the rock alien breaks through the hospital wall and the young child runs screaming to her mother. Sensational, as is the (finally!) appearance of Solar on Page Last.

I am still very interested in this book, but this is not Justice League. Let’s speed up the Geoff Johns extended origin and get on with business, okay?

Good cosmic-oriented book waiting for its potential to happen.