Dynamite announced another on-going book today featuring another Gold Key character: Solar. The new series, beginning in April, will be written by Frank Barbiere (FIVE GHOSTS) and will feature the art of Joe Bennett (IRON MAN). Solar is the newest addition to a growing line of Gold Key revamps, slated by Dynamite to come out this year: TUROK: DINOSAUR HUNTER (February) and MAGNUS: ROBOT FIGHTER (March).
In Solar: Man of the Atom, brilliant scientist Dr. Phil Seleski is granted unbelievable powers after being flooded with an experimental radiation. Driven to unlock the secrets of the universe, he begrudgingly becomes a hero along the way… but can a single man be trusted with near-limitless abilities? What will this mean to those he loves… and will his choices lead to utter chaos and destruction?
"In our take, we've focused on the theme of family," says writer Frank Barbiere, whose series Five Ghosts launched in 2013 to much critical and fan acclaim. "We've got a character that suddenly becomes a being of extreme power, is thrust into a universal community, and adopts the mantle of a hero. At the core is still a man, a human being who is not unlike us. Making this a personal story about how that affects his life and family has really brought it to some exciting new places. Solar's all-new cast of characters will feel the reverberations of his every action - and not everyone is going to survive the fallout!"
While the reimagined Gold Key line is intended to capture the spirit of beloved prior incarnations, the new Solar has been designed as a perfect jumping-on point for newcomers. "This is a brand new Solar: Man of the Atom," says Barbiere. "We'll have all the wonderful sci-fi action and excitement that the original is known for, yet apply those classic elements in a new direction that will feel fresh and new, introducing the character to a whole new generation of readers. We think they're going to love it!"
The first issue will also feature variant covers from Garry Brown, Stephen Mooney, and Ken Haeser. There will also be a retailer exclusive variant by Roberto Castro, as well as a subscription only cover by Bob Layton.
SOLAR: MAN OF ATOM #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' February Previews catalog, and slated for release on April 16, 2014.