Advanced Review: Solar, Man of the Atom #3

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Posted by: Byron Brewer, Managing Editor
created 06/20/2014 - 2:45pm, updated 06/20/2014 - 3:53pm
Frank J. Barbiere,
Joe Bennett, Richard Case, Roger Robinson, Matther Marks and Sandy Jarrell,
Mauricio Wallace and Luigi Anderson,
Frank J. Barbiere,
Juan Doe,
Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: 
June 25, 2014

More writers should work as letterers on their own comics. I am having a ball watching writer Frank Barbiere do the lettering in Solar, Man of the Atom. I wonder what is going on in his creative mind as he is at this step, rethinking what he has already done or wishing maybe something had made one turn instead of another. When those formulas start to flow, though, I know Frank is having a ball.

Because as a reader, I am.

With issue #3, Barbiere sure puts a different spin on the female counterpart of a hero, possibly the best since Steve Gerber’s Starhawk in Guardians of the Galaxy (a hero both male and female). The beauty is Erica has all this power and does not know what to do, fear working against her more than anything else. And when we met her daddy Phil in issue #1, he really was not any better and he is a Reed Richard-level genius!

It is the human factor, and that is something Barbiere is exploring beautifully in this reintro of an honored Gold Key Universe character.

Also this issue, the aliens are finally here and Solar lives up to its promise as a cosmic book. The action is hot and heavy, and Barbiere’s complex plot is brought to the point of urgency wonderfully by Joe Bennett and a Greek chorus of assisting artists. Simply cosmic!

I have had a harder time with this book than I have the rest because it is so complex, but that does not mean I am enjoying it any less. Solar is the man … er uh …