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July 15, 2010

Dark Horse Reviews: Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom #1

Dr. Solar, Man of the Atom #1
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Writer: Jim Shooter
Artist: Dennis Calero
Cover Artists: Michael Komarck, Dennis Calero

Plain and simple: Dr. Solar rocks, period.

I was a little nervous about this title’s relaunch. Dr. Solar is such a great superhero to play with, and many fans of his have found memories from either his original comics at Gold Key or during the 90s with Valiant Comics. However, there are plenty out there who have never picked up a Dr. Solar issue in their lives, maybe never even heard of him. If the time was right for a relaunch, the time is now. Dark Horse has relaunched the Man of the Atom (and next month will also relaunch Gold Key/Valiant Comics hero Magnus, Robot Fighter) in a positively fun and exciting direction!

Our first issue starts off with Dr. Solar fighting a beefed-up super villain named Leviathan. After exchanging some blows and leaving for the cops, the story begins to go two places. The first is the origin of Dr. Solar, what he is made up of, what he can do, etc. The second is a writer, who apparently wrote the character of Leviathan, and suddenly realizes he has the powers to somehow bring to life the characters he dreams up in his head (which leads to a comical segment with a super-seductress he creates, who unfortunately doesn’t smell great). The fight scenes in the comic kick ass.

Written by Jim Shooter and drawn by Dennis Calero (with two different covers, one done by Michael Komarck and one done by Dennis Calero), the art is stunning to look at, with beautifully drawn action scenes, and the writing solid with the right amount of smarts (although I think some may complain Dr.Solar may remind them too much of Dr. Manhattan from The Watchmen, however I think it’s fitting of the character).┬áThe totally new Dr. Solar is what we need to save the day when superhero comics haven’t really thrilled some of us lately. Dark Horse also includes in the first issue a second tale, which is a reprint from the classic Dr. Solar, Man of the Atom Gold Key Comics, which is awesome nostalgia and I give them a lot of credit for. Out on stand nows, buy today!

Drew McCabe