#1 and #2
Story: Barbara Kesel
Art: George Perez
Inker: Rick Magyar
Colors: Larry Molinar
Letters: Dave Lanphear
The plan has collapsed. The grand design
has been discovered and destroyed. The CrossGen Universe will never
be the same. Welcome to Solus, a lone planet in the CrossGen Universe
that is home to a unique individual; a god like woman with no memory
of who she is or where she came form before being reborn by the
planet itself. Shortly after she awakens, she is transported to
the planet Helios where Virtual Reality Games control peoples lives
and becomes engaged in a battle between that planet's heroine Andra
and her arch nemesis Zeuss. The outcome shakes the planet's foundation
to its core and all three lives are altered forever.
CrossGen does with Solus what they have
already been doing with Crux. They have been building on the shared
mythology of their universe and characters, taking us slowly down
a road to what is bound to be one hell of a story. The first two
issues of the series introduce readers to all kinds of clues and
information one would only get by reading other CrossGen titles.
Still, you can read Solus and not pick up any other issue of a CrossGen
book and you would get a complete story and not be lost or confused.
Helping keep that structure in place is
Barbara Kesel. Barbara is a veteran of both CrossGen and comic books
in general. She brings all that talent with her on this book in
crafting a tale that goes from fantasy to hi tech sci-fi and back
in the same issue with out missing a beat or seeming forced. The
characterization after two issues is unique and the cast is slowly
growing. As is the mythology, as fans will discover in the middle
of issue #2. If you've been a long time reader of the CrossGen books,
several in particular, it answers an interesting question as it
presents a new one.
Joining her on this book is one of my personal
heroes, George Perez. One of the first books I ever bought with
my own money was a George Perez issue and his art work is as vibrant
and breathtaking today as it was back then all those many years
ago. He is still the king of rubble, drawing pulverized rock and
shards of metal like no other can. Oh, and his character design
and layouts are still fresh and eye catching too.
The one problem this book might run into
in the future will depend on how well CrossGen continues to lay
out and reveal their plans for their comics. I can see where if
things are drawn out too long the series will lose its voice and
become similar to Star Trek in nature where they used the same formula
over and over and over again until it was beat into the ground with
a stick. The down fall of many a title in the past.
Both Solus #1 and #2 are on the shelves
now. Check 'em out.
Reviewer: Ian Ascher
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