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Subj: Re: Doctor Solar:Man of the Atom #9 - A Funny Thing Happened...
Posted: Thu Mar 05, 2015 at 10:02:51 am EST (Viewed 4 times)
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Posted: Wed Mar 04, 2015 at 07:09:29 pm EST (Viewed 283 times)

Nice comparison to that brief run on Dr. Fate. Frankly, I liked that take than the ones before it as it kept Kent Nelson around, their relationship and the mantle of Dr. Fate being a central theme. It wasn't simply getting rid of the original in place of the new.

Which may be why I am enjoying this incarnation of Solar. Because, superficially, both it and Magnus are doing almost everything I generally dislike with modern takes on older characters and is almost SOP with Dynamite. Yet, both deliver solid reads and are some of the best comics around.

I knew the writer from "5 Ghosts", but there he is paired with such a strong illustrator that his writing is almost minimalist in nature. I picked up Solar in part to see if there was more to him than that or if he was being carried by the artist.

It cherry picks from previous incarnations and is a bit ambitious in its storytelling. Some of it is traditional superheroics, some of it is sci-fi, some quirky, and with an overlay of snarky storytelling. I think there is something to be said that it makes a female lead in a skintight bodysuit without playing up the sexiness as if she is naked with bodypaint. No porn star poses playing up her anatomy even though she is drawn every bit as idealized as the male heroes.

Despite my enjoyment, I'd like to also see someone go back and give us new stories featuring the original Dr. Solar, Man of the Atom, not filtered through the lenses of Shooter's Valiant version or Moore's Dr. Manhattan.

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