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SOLUS #1 (Apr 2003) CrossGen Comics

cover:  George Pérez
Rick Magyar
Larry Molinar
Date: Apr 2003
Cover Price: $2.95
Publisher: CrossGen Comics

 in SOLUS #1 (Germany) (Nov 2004) and FORGE #13 (May 2003) (6-page preview only)
See also WORLDS OF WESTFIELD vol 23, #2 (Apr 2003) and  VECTOR #14 (Errata).

George Pérez


Andra Radiant is putting the pieces of her life back together. The problem is that they’re all scattered on different worlds! Watch as Andra goes from pulp hero to barbarian warrior, changing identities as she tours the worlds of the CrossGen Universe in search of herself. The answers she finds will change her life – and change the universe forever!

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    "Title" (22 pages)
    writer:  Barbara Kesel
    art:  George Perez
    Rick Magyar
    colors:  Dave Lanphear
    letters:  Larry Molinar
    editor:  N/A
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     January 23, 2004 | Entire Perez's Solus on COW
    From Vu

    SOLUS #1
    SOLUS #1 (Apr 2003)
    For $2, you can view George Pérez's entire SOLUS issues on CrossGen's Comics on the Web. The first issue is free to view, so definitely check it out.



    Long ago, a plan was formed.

    Conceived and guided by one being who pretended to advise another,

    it was succeeding, gaining momentum against the growing danger it was intended to negate.

    But then it was discovered...

  • Solus 1
  • Solus 2
  • Solus 3
  • Solus 4
  • Solus 5
  • Solus 6
  • Solus 7

  •  October 27, 2003 | CG's Digital Comic Books
    From Vu

    I picked up Intec Interactive's DIGITAL COMIC BOOK: MERIDIAN vol 2 (Sep 2003) at Game Stop at the local mall today, which had a selection of the CrossGen DVDs. They were all released on 9/15/2003 and retails for $9.99.

    Each episodes (8-14), which was originally published as MERIDIAN #8-14 , features voice actors and sound effects and runs for 118 minutes (with extras). Although there are word bubbles, no reading is actually required because of the voice actors. In fact, I am listening to CHAPTER 13 as I'm typing this...

    From the looks of it, all the Digital Comics have the same "Special Features" ("How Comic Books Are Made", Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, and Digital Comic Book trailers), with the exception of the character bios.

    Anyway, I have have included some random screen captures of what the actual comic book looks like. You must imagine that the camera is usually panning and that there are special background music as well as sound effects.

    CHAPTER 11, art by Steve McNivens / Tom Simmons
    CHAPTER 13, art by Derec Aucoin
    DEREN BEQ Biography

    The "How Comic Book Are Made" featurette is probably the best part of the DVD. The featurette includes interviews with Chuck Dixon (writer), Bart Sears (penciler), Rick Magyar (inker), Laura DePuy (colorist), Dave Lanphear (letterer), and narrated by Bill Rosemann.

    Here are quotes from people who have worked with George Pérez:


    "I'm pretty adaptable to whatever is thrown at me. I'm not an inker who sort of says 'This is the way I do things. I'm always going to do it the same, whoever I work over'. I like the variety of working with different pencilers, because you learn something and you take away a little bit from the person you ink and it becomes part of your inking style, as it were. That's why I love about CrossGen, we do have a variety of things to do. Hopefully, at some point, I can dip into quite a range there of over the years. But I've had some good opportunity already, working on CRUX and now SOLUS. It doesn't really matter what you throw at me, pretty much I just love the form in general."


    "We have to look very closely at what the artist have done. They establish a flow on the page. We always try to be careful to the fact that there are images in each panel that the reader needs to see in order to understand the story. I'm always looking for ways to place the word balloons in different areas to bring the readers from left to right or top to bottom."

    The inker segment of the documentary features a few pages of SOLUS #1-4, and showed Rick inking page 10 of SOLUS #4.

     June 19, 2003 | CrossCurrents (Jun 03)
    From SOLUS #4

    SOLUS #1
    SOLUS #1 (Apr 2003)
    CROSSCURRENTS (Jun 2003)
    By Gina M Villa

    You've waited. You've wondered. And now it's payoff time. It's also True Confessions time. We've always said that all our books stand alone, that you need not read all of them to understand and enjoy one and while that promise remains unbroken, we've also added something special to the mix: one book that illuminates all others. A book called SOLUS.

    If you're a longtime George Pérez fan, you certain can read only this book to enjoy his art. And if you love Barbara Kesel's ability to weave dense mysteries, you can also read it to enjoy a star-spanning story of a woman searching for herself, but you'd be missing out. There's so much more. In all honesty, SOLUS is the linchpin title to our entire universe. If you're a loyal reader, a fan that's followed our saga since it began, then you need to read this book. You'll want to read it. You owe it to yourself to read it. So, yes, all of our books stand on their own two feet… but SOLUS it the rock that anchors the ground they all stand on.

    As you can imagine, we've been asked: "Why did you put George Pérez - an artist who will attract readers who have never picked up a CrossGen title - on a book so enmeshed in your overarching uber-story?"

    Simply put, you guys are the best, most faithful, fans in the world - bar none - and you deserve the best we can give you. Sure, we like to think we do that every issue, every month, but as we planned for this big "Year in Reveals" in the CrossGen Universe, we wanted to do something extra special for those of you who have followed and supported us from the beginning. We decided that the best way to do that was to have one of the best artists in the world draw the book that will be a the primary vehicle used to bring together the many threads we've been weaving up to this point. We're grateful to you, we owe you that, and you deserve it. Thus, you have SOLUS, penciled by the legendary George Pérez (and beautifully enhanced by Rick Magyar and Larry Molinar).

    Take my word for it: something big is on the way. The mysteries you've been pondering are about to be divulged. The secrets are about to be revealed. And SOLUS is where it's gonna happen!

    (Vu: Background image is from the cover of MODERN MASTERS #2: GEORGE PEREZ.)

     June 2, 2003 | CG Convention Stand
    From Vu
  • I noticed this in the background CGE Forums.

    Although these things were made exclusively for conventions by CrossGen, I thought I'd add it to my checklist that it uses material from SOLUS #1.

    Art by George Pérez/Rick Magyar and colors by Larry Molinar

    Photo by Courtland.

     May 17, 2003 | Kesel Answers Questions
    From CGE Forums

    Topic: The writer speaks! (spoilers)
    posted 05-17-2003 08:36 AM by Beeber

  • LINDY KARSTEN, aka RADIANT, first appearance in SOLUS #1 (Apr 03)
  • HOUND, first appearance in SOLUS #1 (Apr 03)
  • INFOE, first appearance in SOLUS #1 (Apr 03)
  • INFOE (Attack Mode), first appearance in SOLUS #1 (Apr 03)
  • Will we see Infoe again?
    Maybe...I've got one future storyline that might go an "a" or "b" route. We'll see.

    Will more Sigil-Bearers lose sigils and power to Andra?
    Oh yeah, you betcha.

    Will we go to the Ruse or Mystic worlds anytime soon?
    We'll visit one of the two before issue 12.

    Will we see the world of the "blue furry guy?"
    You do realize that it's blue furry GUYS, right? No plans to go there just yet.

    Where does energy of dead Danik avatars go?
    Back to the store of universal energies Danik refers to as "the Whole." While Danik is a specific manipulator of energy, the actual energy used by all characters is the same. It's the application of that energy (the manifestation, aka their "powers") and the level of energy each character can store and manipulate that's different.

    More Lindy?
    Of course.

    Is the Hound Danik's Lawbringer?
    Not exactly. Charon created the Lawbringers out of his own emotions bound to power and given autonomy (well, autonomy with a leash...) while the Hound was created as the agent of one task: find "it." It was created by Danik, not OF Danik...

    Why were the five Sigil-Bearers in issue one chosen?
    Those five are just a representative sample of the very many more Sigil-Bearers who each received a piece of Andra's memories.

    And I think that catches me up with this batch of questions! See ya...

     May 5, 2003 | Solus #1 Annotations
    From Vu

    Since SOLUS have left a lot of (new) readers confused, Jason have written a detailed explanation of what happened in the first issue on his website Blinding Radiant.

    Here is an excerpt:

    Solus #1 Annotations
    written by Jason Bourgeois

    Page 18, Panel 5: This flashback appears to occur from touching Radiant. The man is Altwaal, the first of the First, a race of self-proclaimed Gods, who believe themselves to be the first beings in the universe. This appears to be a memory of Solusandra's, presenting to him a Sword. Six other weapons are mentioned, and those are a bow (Likely Ayden's bow in Sojourn), gauntlet and shield (Seen in The First), Rod of Office (Currently in the Path), spear, circlet (Both yet unseen). This is the Sword's first appearance.

    Page 19, panel 6: This is Zeuss' true appearance, and in the confusion, he has mistaken Andra for Radiant.

    Panel 7: Andra gets her new name.

    Page 20: The introduction of Infoe, whom you will note has orange eyes, marking him as Lindy Karsten's mentor, and an aspect of Danik.
    Page 20: The introduction of Infoe, whom you will note has orange eyes, marking him as Lindy Karsten's mentor, and an aspect of Danik.
    See also May 2, 2003 | Kesel Speaks.

     May 2, 2003 | Kesel Speaks
    From Barbara Kesel, via CGE Forum

    SOLUS #1
    SOLUS #1 (Apr 2003)
    Topic: Pssst! Hey, you!
    posted 05-02-2003 05:42 PM by Beeber

    Let me let you in on some of the backstage thinking here at the continuity capital of the CrossGen Universe, aka SOLUS. When we started putting together this title, we had one goal in mind: reward the faithful. Not that we want to leave anyone new out of the picture, but we did want to show off the Big Picture for our loyal fans.

    This book was designed to reward all those readers who stayed up late nights trying to win the deliberately difficult Wizard contest. We want to keep lobbing easter eggs to the CrossGeners, paying off on the little hints that those readers have scoured our pages to find. There are hundreds of Sigil-Bearers in our universe, and we hope to introduce you to as many of them as we can stuff in here while exploding the story of Andra across the starry skies. If George Pérez is the best we’ve got, our fans deserve to get him on a title catering to them. The CrossGen universe is a big ol’ place, and who better to cram it all inside a mere 22 pages than George?

    If you’re a new reader, you are probably finding this book a little scary. That’s okay—it’s a little like being dropped off downtown in the biggest city in a foreign country—all confusion until you find your own personal Rosetta stone. We’ll try to make you comfortable until it all starts making sense. Lindy’s your key to comprehension; as she quizzes Andra to learn more, so will you.

    There’s a lot to our universe, and even more in development. We’ve got a lot of things brewing in the stew, and SOLUS is the key to it all!

     May 1, 2003 | More Solus Reviews
    From Silver Bullet Comics, thanks to Bill Rosemann

    REVIEW: Solus #2
    Posted: Thursday, May 1
    By: Paul Dale Roberts

    Meet Andra Radiant! This lady once had godlike powers, but her powers were dispersed to other worlds. She has to collect her memories and her Sigil symbol from all of the Sigil bearers to become what she once was. "Energy can be neither created nor destroyed" is the start of a debate in this story. A debate in which I am fascinated with. Like the energy that surrounds our living bodies, when we are deceased it is released, an aura of energy, in which people refer to as ghosts or souls....but, that is my theory.

    See a comic book like this gets the reader thinking about all kinds of stuff! If you want energy, there is plenty of energy in this comic book! Energy that comes alive through the story and the artwork! A power cosmic that is unbelievable! You will have to check out the unusual weapons in this issue too, like The Circlet and 6 other mysterious weapons. The Seven Weapons of Altwaal are shown in their full glory in this exciting story. If you want to understand the CGE Universe a little bit better, then this is a definite must read!

    From Digital Webbing, thanks to Bill Rosemann

    REVIEWS:Solus #1 and #2
    Reviewer: Ian Ascher


    SOLUS #1
    SOLUS #1 (Apr 2003)
    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.

     May 1, 2003 | Wizard #141 Pérezspotting
    From WIZARD: THE COMICS MAGAZINE #141 (Jun 03)

    By Joshua Elder
    published in WIZARD: THE COMICS MAGAZINE #141 (Jun 03)


    THE GAME Andra Radiant, star of Solus by writer Barbara Kesel and artist George Pérez, journeys to the myriad worlds of the CrossGen Universe in her quest to unlock the secrets of her past. Cast from the same mold as Squaresoft's Kingdom Hearts, the CrossGen game would be primarily a first-person action RPG with a variety of mini-games approriate to each world (i.e. a starfighter sim for Sigil or a real-time strategy game for Scion) woven into the story.



    1. George Pérez claims to hate drawing cars, especially moving cars. What do you hate?
    I'm not a big lover of the mechanical. I've done a lot of buildings in my career - it adds to the grandeur of believing in a scene- but I really have no love for doing technical equipment. I have no appreciation for guns. I have no understanding of them, even having the reference to draw them. If I could draw comics where nobody ever had a gun, I'd be in good shape. It's why I like superheroes - there's no guns generally.

    (Vu: George Pérez dropped to #5 on the TOP TEN ARTIST from #4 last month. Predicition: George will be #1 when AVENGERS/JLA #1 hit the stand. Move over, Jim Lee! Incidentally, 10,000 is the number of CrossGen issues Mile High Comics owner Chuck Rozanski purchases a month just to store in his warehouse.)
     April 30, 2003 | 411 Mania Review Solus
    From 411 Mania, thanks to Bill Rosemann

    Is Solus more than George Perez eye candy?
    Posted on 04.29.03
    Reviewer: Mike "Skitch" Maillaro

    I hate to start off on a negative note, but I have to say that Solus 1 was one of the most disheartening comics I’ve ever read. The art was gorgeous, and the dialogue was pretty tight, but I really had no clue what happened in the comic. Basically all I was really sure of was that one of my favorite CrossGen characters (Danik from Crux) was there, but I had no clue why. Thankfully, Solus 2 was a much clearer and more enjoyable book. In fact, the “last issue” page helped me understand Solus 1 and after rereading it, it was a much better comic.


    The best part of this issue, of course, is George Perez’s art. He is truly a master artist, and Solus makes me even more excited about JLA/Avengers. I usually don’t pay too much attention to comic art, but Perez always makes me stop and appreciate his work.

    CrossGen’s main “sigil” storyline is supposed to last five years, and this is the end of year three. Everything seems to be coming to a major head, and I expect the next two years are going to be exciting times to be CrossGen fans. Solus seems to be at the heart of this, and I truly expect this will end up being one of CrossGen’s best titles.

    Final Score: 7.5

     April 29, 2003 | Solus Numbers
    From Vu

    ICv2 reported estimate comics sold for SOLUS #1 (which was ranked #77, the highest CrossGen comics on the chart). The numbers they got was 27,008 copies.

     April 28, 2003 | Space 2003: The Comics
    From Slush Factory

    SPACE 2003: The Comics
    By Rich Watson


    A few other comics I’ve been reading: like a number of people, I was baffled as all heck over Solus (CrossGen). Barbara Kesel has done a wonderful job with Meridian, but The First is a mixed bag at best that appeals more to the diehard fans from what I’ve seen, and now she’s launched a book heavily steeped in the overall story arc running throughout the CGU books. Those other books revealed their connections to the big arc slowly, throughout the course of their stories. Solus just threw them out at once, and without any context, it came across as more than a little confusing. That said, however, the basic premise remains interesting, and George Perez’s art rocks as usual, so I’ll continue reading it for now – albeit very cautiously…

     April 28, 2003 | Site Update
    From Vu

  • Julie Rapp as Wonder Woman
  • ATTENTION: Please do not pay $$ for the PITTSBURGH COMICON PROGRAM BOOK 2003. These things were give out FREE if you attended the Pittsburgh Comicon 2003 and they will be available for FREE on their website

    If you desperately need one, please post in the Forum that you are looking for one - someone (I know there are a few out there that's nice enough) will send you a free copy, if you just send them a few dollars to cover for postage.

    It's pretty awful that someone is charging $5.99 for a signed copy on Ebay. It's just wrong.

    Anyway, there is an article on the new Teen Titans Comic on Diamond Comics. Nothing really new, except that I didn't know that Superman, Batman, and the two Flashes (Jay & Wally) are guest-starring in the first issue.

    One last thing, I hate to admit it, but with the two issue of SOLUS doesn't really impressed me (storywise). As always I'm impressed and blown away by the artwork but the writing really doesn't explain much (see above excerpt from Rich Watson). Maybe it was because the same week that I got SOLUS #2, I also received TOM STRONG #20, which was absolutely an amazing story, only to read SOLUS and be disappointed. However, I should point out that Alan Moore is a genius so there's really no comparison.

    I was talking to Marcus earlier and he didn't know that Adam Hughes uses a model for his Wonder Woman cover. So, I'm assuming a lot of other fans don't know this small detail as well - so here is a scan of his model, Julie Rapp, as published in COMIC BOOK ARTIST #21.

     April 22, 2003 | Solus Custom Prints
    From Tony Lorenz, via Forum

    Topic: Framegods
    posted 4/21/03 10:28 PM

    I just had to put a plug out to these nice people at

    I just ordered 6 huge 20 x 30 prints, incrediable quality and with the membership and the editional 20% discount, it came out to $18.00 a print, a great price. They've just added three Solus prints for sale and if you don't want them that big, you can get them 12 x 18 with membership and extra discount for around $11.00 each. You can get to there site through Crossgen under custom prints. Tell them Tony sent you.


    45 NEW ART PRINTS on
    !! S A L E !! S A L E !!


     April 21, 2003 | Solus #1 Ranked #77
    From Pulse

    posted 04-21-2003 10:54 AM

    Qty Retail Index Code Title Price Pub
    SOLUS #1
    SOJOURN #21
     April 17, 2003 | Solus #2 Preview
    From Hero Realm, thanks to Bill Rosemann

    Lynchpin Title Delivers Shocking Secrets & Out-Of-This-World Art!

    Last month SOLUS #1 rocked readers with a mix of wild revelations and amazing art. We're counting down to an explosion of major events in the CrossGen Universe, and this lynchpin title stands at the center of it all. And now that you know how the gang in the CrossGen Bullpen view SOLUS, let's hear what the industry thought of CrossGen's latest stunner:

    "CrossGen scored a jaw-dropping coup a year ago when it signed George Pérez to its stable...Written by Barbara Kesel, SOLUS introduces us to Andra Radiant, a woman whose life is in pieces. On different planets. In different time periods. And you thought you had it rough." -Andrew Smith, The Memphis Commercial Appeal

    "George Pérez's art truly has never looked better." -Comix View

    "Hallelujah! George Pérez is penciling a monthly book again! SOLUS is a mysterious, puzzling, maddening, beautiful book. The art is contagious...Pérez fans should run out and buy this book, as it looks like he is better than ever."

    "This is a beautiful book through and through. Pérez really outdoes himself, and is well supported by (inker) Rick Magyar and (colorist) Larry Molinar. Combined with what is really some of Kesel's best writing for CrossGen and you've got a book that's good for new and old readers alike, and a definite hit."

    "SOLUS will take you beyond the realms of imagination!"

    "Barbara Kesel is really providing some groundbreaking information for those readers who have been reading CrossGen since the beginning, and definitely given new readers some insight to what ties the CrossGen Universe together...meanwhile CrossGen's list of artists continues to dwarf most of the other companies in this industry, and SOLUS is just one more book that looks gorgeous." -Chris Partin,

    And's short but sweet review really sums it up: "SOLUS: George Pérez + CG Colors + Cosmic Action = :) "

    So if you crave mind-blowing art and big revelations, then pick up SOLUS #2 on sale April 23rd! Big things are coming... and Andra will put you at the center of it all!

    Your Friend @ CrossGen,
    Bill Rosemann

  • SOLUS #2 Cover
  • Page 1
  • Pages 2-3
  • Pages 4-5
  •  April 2, 2003 | Solus #1 Reviews
    From Bill Rosemann

    Reviewer: Meg Spencer


    The second way you can read this book is as a fan of the larger CrossGen universe, and man, is there a lot here for those of us who’ve been following those plotlines. Here we see Sigil-Bearers, mentors and “the grand plan” on a whole new scale, and in a whole new light, and if you’re following all those larger plotlines you might just have to reevaluate just about everything you’ve seen up to this point. Exciting? Oh yes.

    This is a beautiful book, through and through. Perez really outdoes himself, and is well supported by Magyar (formerly of Crux and, with Perez, CrossGen Chronicles) and Molinar. Combined with what is really some of Kesel’s best writing for CrossGen and you’ve got a book that’s good for new readers and old readers alike, and a definite hit.

    Silver Bullet Comic

    Solus #1
    Posted: Tuesday, April 1
    By: Paul Dale Roberts


    What is reality and what is unreality is the question. Andra Radiant doesn't have any memory of her past incarnation as Solusandra, so this will be a mysterious story that is part of the CrossGen Universe, since Sigils are involved. Andra Radiant finds herself against some robotic creatures and she unleashes a great power. And to think she is only on level 1 of this game!

     March 31, 2003 | Solus Review at Scoop
    From Scoop

    Perez Returns to a Monthy Comic Book with Solus #1
    Superstars, Scoop, Friday, March 28, 2003

    This past Wednesday, March 26, marked a very exciting day for CrossGen and for comic book fans all over as Solus #1 hit the stands. This is the book that, at long last, signified the return of industry legend George Perez to a monthly title.

    Naturally, George's return has many fans excited. Perhaps the staff at Wizard put it best, however, when they said, "This cosmic, star-spanning saga about a woman on the run has us excited like teenaged girls at a Josh Harnett sighting."

    So if you haven't picked up your copy yet, what on earth are you waiting for? The action is fierce and the plot twists will have you clamoring for more!

     March 31, 2003 | New Solus Wallpapers
    From CrossGen Wallpapers, thanks to GloryQuest

    Solusandra 1024x768
    Solusandra 800x600
    Andra Radiant 1024x768
    Andra Radiant 800x600
     March 31, 2003 | Solus Reviews at HR
    From Hero Realm, thanks to punkmonkey

    Hero Realm Reviews for March 29th, 2003


    Reviewed by Kristin Elyse:

    The art was nothing to write home about either. In fact, the art only proved detrimental to the story. I respect George Perez – I may not have the kind of fan boy dog devotion of so many, but I bought Cross Gen Chronicles #2 and I saw the genius. But some of the action scenes required too much study and exactly what was happening to Solusandra in between the crash and the virtual reality game isn’t clear – there was some bubbles and a tree and…I don’t know. The scenes with the virtual creatures were also very confusing, though, I think this was due to the coloring. The coloring really sucks. Cross Gen usually has beautiful coloring, but this stuff is dreadful. Besides being way too dark in places that really didn’t need to be dark, the mix of colors and their specific hues is rather unattractive. Brilliant coloring is usually a staple of Cross Gen, and if any book calls for it it’s this one, but this issue is filled with muddy browns and ugly blues. Really, it’s a shame that they would showcase Perez’s art is such a way, because there is still some rather pretty panels of the female characters.

    Reviewed by James Tonn:

    People take note: George Perez is once again penciling! Yes, far and away the initial draw of Solus has to be the wonders that George Perez can lay down on paper. His artistic talents chronicle the being of Solusandra, an incredible power of creation that was apparently ousted from her duties and cast away from her heavenly brethren. Perez’s pencils are fantastic in chronicling the scope of universe destruction as major players are wielding planets and tossing the general cosmos against each other in fiery clashes. His figure work is topnotch as always, and I’m really glad to see that that hasn’t lost a step. He tells a vivid story and leaves nothing at home. He truly brings his A game, and that in itself is something worth reading.

    Reviewed by Jared Moraitis:

    My only real complaint about this issue is a sort of sidebar feature that runs down the length of several of the pages in this book. They’re meant to be speech balloons of a sort for a talking avatar who is apparently the guide to scenario space. At first, I thought this was a rather cool feature to introduce us to scenario space, but it soon turned into an annoyance. No matter how much or little the avatar has to say, the text box runs the entire length of the page. One page has the avatar uttering only the phrase “Gamers, I don’t think I like this at all” and the rest of the box is completely blank (save for the avatar’s face). That just leaves less room for Perez’s art, giving it a crowded feel on those particular pages. I think it works much better on the one page where it runs along the width of the bottom of the page instead, leaving the art room to stretch out a bit. Nothing major, and certainly nothing to detract from the readability or value of the book.

     March 28, 2003 | CrossCurrents (Mar 2003)
    From SOLUS #1

    By Gina M Villa

    This month marks the debut of SOLUS, and I'm really excited about it. The art is by George Pérez, Rick Magyar and Larry Molinar is peerless, and Barbara Kesel is doing a tremendous job weaving a compelling and action-packed storyline for the book. As the main characters, Andra and Lindy, travel to the far corners of the CGU looking for their own answers, their adventures will touch upon some of the mysteries that have been building in our universe since it's inception, and continue the trend we've already established of 2003 being a big year for reveals throughout our line. For those of you who read many of our titles and are deeply involved in our uber-story, this year should tie together a lot of the threads. And, if you're one of the people who follow our less continuity-driven books, none of this will interfere with your enjoyment of them. Talk about having the best of both worlds!

     March 28, 2003 | Solus #2 Sent to Printer
    From CrossGen Forums

    Topic: What incredible art!
    posted 03-27-2003 01:56 PM
    posted by Beeber

    Now that issue one is out, let me take a moment to scream praise at the incredible art team of George "Um, George, well, SOLUS will be about, um, let me sum it up this way: do you have an hour?" Perez, Rick "calm under fire and patient while listening through a long-winded explanation" Magyar, Larry "New Kid RAWKS! but if you keep playing goalie against me, you'd better prepare to die on the foosball table" Molinar, and Dave "Oooh! I have this idea about how to do the Gameface cpations!" Lanphear. This book was an especially complicated one to put together (and an especially complicated one to read, yeah, I know) and these guys really did it up proud. I couldn't be happier with the end result of a title that's been in different levels of development for two years.

    And we sent issue 2 to the printer today!

     March 27, 2003 | Solus #1: Pérez Profile
    From SOLUS #1


    GAMER HIGHLIGHTS: George's alter egos are legendary. From the Titan of Myth to the Avenger of Justice, characters created by the talented man with the artistic flair live on in myriad quadrants.

    Players elevating to player-character level often remember interactiving with a Pérez avatar fromw hen they were young.

     March 26, 2003 | Solus #1 Review
    From Vu

    What can I say? George is at his best right now, and he only gets better!! Looking at all 34 pages of artwork, you can tell that a lot of love and work went into the first issue.

    My comic book store, Outpost 2000 reported that by 12 O'Clock that all his extra SOLUS #1 were completely sold out. He had to get back to Diamond and reorder for next week's shipment. I'm assuming that this phenomenon is happening all across the state, which means that CrossGen's rank might change on the top 100 comics.

    Incidentally, SOLUS #1 was the number three "Independent Top 100 Comics". It was right under two TRANSFORMERS comic book. As you know TRANSFORMERS was ranked #1 on the regular top 100 several months in a row according to Diamond, so it's actually no surprise that it is the number one Indie book. Still, number three is very high up there. Sadly, like all ongoing series, these books almost never climb in rank on the top 100.

    So, anyway, if you're a regular visitor to this website, you've probably already seen a majority of the pages in the SOLUS #1 PREVIEW, but let me tell you that the colors really add a whole new dimension to it.

    The first issue shows Andra waking up from the cosmic battle to find herself in a world that's consumed by a video game. Something like a MORPG (you know, "Everquest"), and the all the world's addicted to this game. I won't give away too much of the story, but basically she is going from world to world trying to collect pieces of herself.

    SOLUS #1 is another brilliant addition to your Pérez collection.

     March 26, 2003 | CC's Solus Preview
    From Comics Continuum

    Tuesday, March 25, 2003
    by RobAlls(a)

    Solus #1 will arrive in stores on Wednesday from CrossGen Comics. The issue is written by Barbara Kesel, with art by George Perez and Rick Magyar and colors by Larry Molinar.

    Here's how CrossGen describes the issue:

    "Audra (Andra) Radiant is putting the pieces of her life back together. The problem is that they're all scattered on different worlds. Watch as Audra goes from pulp hero to barbarian warrior, changing identities as she tours the worlds of the CrossGen Universe in search of herself. The answers she finds will change her life - and change the universe forever."

    Solus #1 will be 48 pages and will cost $2.95.

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  •  March 25, 2003 | Slush Factory's Solus Preview
    From Slush Factory

    Comic Preview: CrossGen's Solus #1
    By Brian Jacks

    CrossGen has provided Slush with four pages from the debut issue of Solus, a new ongoing series written by Barbara Kesel with art provided by comic legend George Pérez.

    CrossGen says: As you can guess, George's return has many fans excited--including the staff of Wizard, who exclaim: "George Pérez is back on the clock, baby...(and) this cosmic, star-spanning saga about a woman on the run has us excited like teenaged girls at a Josh Harnett sighting." Yep, series writer Barbara Kesel has cooked up a story guaranteed to rock the entire CrossGen Universe with revelations that will blow new readers' minds and have loyal fans picking their jaws off the floor. You want all-out action and character-shaking plot twists? You want George at his planet-colliding, galaxy-exploding best? Then let's just let the cover and the opening five pages from the debut issue set the stage! Enjoy!

    Page 1
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    Pages 4-5

    (Vu: Pulse and Newsarama also posted the same story. Except they include: "You've waited. You've wondered. Now your patience pays off as SOLUS #1, featuring the return of industry legend George Pérez to a monthly title, hits on March 26th!")
     March 25, 2003 | Andrew Smith
    From Go Memphis: Captain Comics

    Here come the X-Men comics, 'poseable' toys
    March 9, 2003
    By Andrew A. Smith

  • Andrew A. Smith
  • It's finally spring! And in the spring, a young Marvel editor's fancy turns lightly to thoughts of . . . well, to where they always turn, to the X-Men.


    If mutants aren't your bag, March has plenty else to offer:

    Three-year-old CrossGeneration Comics scored a jaw-dropping coup a year ago when it signed George Perez to its stable. Perez is an inveterate fan favorite, and has drawn just about every character at every company you can name. CrossGen gave him a year to wrap up his existing contracts - notably a crossover between DC's Justice League and Marvel's Avengers, due out later this year - and now gorgeous George has arrived in the company's Tampa, Fla., headquarters with Solus.

    Written by Barbara Kesel (Meridian), Solus No. 1 ($2.99) introduces us to Audra (Andra) Radiant, a woman whose life is in pieces. On different planets. In different time periods. And you thought you had it rough.

    Solus will follow her adventures - which promise to span every genre you can imagine - as she pulls herself back together.

     March 17, 2003 | Solus #1 Shipping Mar 26
    From Diamond

    Shipping Next Week: March 26

    The following products are expected to ship to comic book specialty stores next week. Note that this list is tentative and subject to change. Please check with your retailer for availability.

    JAN032067 SOLUS #1 $2.95

     March 16, 2003 | Comic Creators at CG
    From COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE #1532 (28 Mar 03)

    Publishing: A Look Ahead
    written by Chuck Rozanski
    published in COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE #1532 (28 Mar 03)


    Right from the beginning, Mark made CrossGen Comics different. For one thing, he eliminated the time-honored tradition of freelancers. All comics produced by CrossGen are created in a "bullpen," built right into the center of its office complex. In a point that can be lost on no one who visits the offices, the comics creators are the center of the CrossGen world. That having said, Mark is a control freak. As a result, the vast majority of the creators working for CrossGen report to work each day at 8:30 a.m. and leave at 5 p.m. Specifically because of these office hours, comics cretors who want to be part of the CrossGen team need to live in the Tampa area. This is an amazing development in the production of comics. As any comics fan or retailer can tell you, one of the most frustrating negative side effects of the evolution of creator "freedom" over the past 20 years of comics history has been the reality of poor work habits on the part of successful comics creators. This has lead directly to a large number of very popular series being weeks, or even months, behind schedule. This simple doesn't happen at CrossGen. In three years of publishing, CrossGen has never had a book ship to the printer late.

     March 14, 2003 | Chris Oarr of CG
    From ICv2

    CrossGen's Comic Distribution Strategy
    We Talk to VP Chris Oarr
    March 13, 2003

    Greg Buls, owner of aftermarket comic distributor Bulldog Collectibles and Distribution, recently announced that Bulldog had made arrangements with CrossGeneration Comics to be its sole source for backlist comics. We tracked down CrossGen VP Sales and Marketing Chris Oarr for the details.


    Is CrossGen making arrangements for Diamond to get rid of comics over four months old, as Buls indicated?
    The mechanics for handling Diamond's inventory of comics after four months haven't been set, Greg's a little ahead of himself. We're looking at ways to repossess that inventory and pass it on to Buls, but the way that's been working there's nothing left. Diamond and CrossGen are working together on ways to get that product out of their hands at no penalty to them.

    If there's one thing that I want to take the opportunity to clear up, it's that we don't in any way want to create a false impression that Diamond is not the place to go for our comics, our trades, our compendia, our sculptures and other products. On the contrary they're our #1 distributor. We're just concentrating on this one category -- older comics -- with Bulldog.

    We're doing a lot of things together with Diamond to build our overall business. I've been extremely impressed with Diamond's willingness to go the extra mile for us, whether it's working out things for the dump, building up extra inventory on new launches like Chimera #1, getting special previews out on Lady Death, or advising us on some of the incentives that we've put behind new launches that have been extremely, extremely effective, whether we're talking about Solus #1 or the Lady Death relaunch or other projects.

     March 6, 2003 | PCS Preview of Solus #1
    From Pop Culture Shock, thanks to Kathryn Lisic


    Solus #1

    Available: Wednesday! (03/12) (?)

    CrossGen, $2.95
    Writer: Barbara Kesel
    Artist: George Perez

    Andra Radiant is putting the pieces of her life back together. The problem is that they’re all scattered on different worlds! Watch as Andra goes from pulp hero to barbarian warrior, changing identities as she tours the worlds of the CrossGen Universe in search of herself. The answers she finds will change her life – and change the universe forever!

    SOLUS #1
    SOLUS #1 (Apr 2003)

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    Page Five
     March 4, 2003 | Solus Preview Pages
    From Broken Frontier

    Don't Chuckle, He Earned it
    written by Frederik Hautain


    I can't wait for March 26 to come by! That Wednesday, look out for George Perez' long awaited Solus #1. After having struggled with his health quite a bit, Master Perez comes out of hiatus to work on a new monthly title... which gives Perez' his own Crossgen sandbox to play in and which makes good use of the ever-popular artist's endless imagination and ability to draw amazingly detailed panels. Then again, it wouldn't be a trademark Perez comic if those typical characteristics weren't included.

    The first issue is a 48-pager containing 32 pages of story by Barbara Kesel and stunning art by Perez. In order to make you drool a little more, check out the 3 exclusive preview images of Solus #1.

    Note: please make sure that you keep away from anything that runs on electricity, as even slimy water doesn't mix well with electrodes.

  • Solus #1 page 11
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  • Solus #1 page 13
  • Solus features Andra Radiant, a character who explores the different worlds of the Crossgen Universe to try to re-establish order in her life, something that won't be an easy task. Look for Andra to encounter Aden of Quin and Brath, among others, in Solus' first story arc.

    2003 looks to be a pretty exiting year for George Perez, because not only will he pencil this new monthly title, he's also still very busy pencilling JLA/Avengers, scheduled to ship towards the end of this year.

    Perez' new prominent role has fans buzzing with exitement, because several comic shops have reported that ever since more and more people found out about this new project, new faces have showed up in comic shops and familiar faces have been checking out other Crossgen books.

    And that, my friends, is exactly what this industry needs.

     March 1, 2003 | Kesel Interview at Sequential Tart
    From Sequential Tart, thanks to SephiesSadness

    She Slices, She Dices!
    written by by Carrie Landers

    Barbara Kesel

    She might be short, but she can kick some serious ass! No, I'm not talking about some rockin' female character scribe Barbara Kesel dreamed up ... I'm talking about Barbara Kesel! She writes, she organizes, she slices, she dices! Yours for only $29.95! Er, wait, I'm getting carried away. Ms. Kesel has been teasing our brains with The First and pulling at our heart-strings with Meridian for almost three years now, but what everyone wants to know is ... what is Solus?


    Sequential Tart: What inspired the creation of Solus?
    Barbara Kesel: George Pérez. When George came to us and said he'd prefer to do a monthly series rather than continue to do a series of one-shot Chronicles stories, we took the information that would have been given to the audience through those stories, some other "big story" elements that had been spelled out to our readers through several of our titles, and George's enthusiasm for and willingness to draw anything in the literal universe and created a vehicle to take advantage of that enthusiasm. Without George's offer, the elements of this book might have continued to be stories told in pieces through several titles.


    ST: George Perez looks to be doing typically beautiful work on Solus — how is the entire artistic team faring thus far?
    BK: They're all doing typically beautiful work. Rick Magyar gets to cut loose on textures on top of George's pencils in an absolutely fearless way, and then Larry Molinar brings every computer trick to bear on fleshing out the action. George is like a kid in a candy store; he's never had the opportunity to have computer coloring like this brought to bear on a series of his own. He's already coming up with more ways to torture both his inker and his colorist, but they're not scared of him.

     March 1, 2003 | CG Edge Becomes Vector
    From Newsarama

    posted March 01, 2003 08:10 AM
    by MattBrady

    Because another party previously reserved the title “Edge” for use in comics, CGE’s Compendia series of the same name has transformed its title into VECTOR. The title change will occur with the May 2003 issue, which also contains the first chapter of SOLUS, the new galaxy spanning adventure by Barbara Kesel and George Pérez.

    “While the name has changed from EDGE to VECTOR with issue #13, it is most definitely the same series. That’s why we’re not renumbering it,” explained CGE vice president sales & marketing Chris Oarr. “Back volumes of EDGE are still available, and neither Diamond’s order codes nor the ISBNs have changed."

    Now available for order in the March issue of Diamond Comic Distributors’s Previews catalog, the Traveler sized anthology also contains the latest chapters of SCION, THE FIRST, MYSTIC, SIGIL, WAY OF THE RAT, and RUSE. Priced at only $7.95, the 192-page volume rockets into stores on May 28th.

    Newsarama Note: A trademark search for the term reveals that The EDGE Interactive Media, Inc. company applied for trademark on the use of "Edge" for comic books and printed matter.
     February 28, 2003 | in Wizard #139
    From Vu

    As published in WIZARD: THE COMICS MAGAZINE #139. I was really excited when I read that. Please pick up the latest issue for the Pérez interview. Check out their website,, while you're at it.

     February 27, 2003 | Pérez Interview in Wizard
    From WIZARD: THE COMICS MAGAZINE #139 (Apr 2003)

    written by Mike Cotton

    This Month Featuring: GEORGE PEREZ

    Artist of Marvel/DC's upcoming JLA/AVENGERS and CrossGen's Solus

    WIZARD: George, you've had a historic run on Teen Titans and Avengers. Now you're tackling JLA/Avengers and Solus for CrossGen. How do you get it all done, yo?
    PEREZ: Slowly… very slowly.

    WIZARD: Besides doing awe-inspiring comics, you're also known for your Hawaiian shirts. So that begs the question, how much of your annual incoming goes to Hawaiian shirts?
    [Laughs] I don't even want to think about it. But actually my wife, Carol Flynn, has been making them for me for a long time now.

    Wearing Hawaiin shirts seems like it would get some attention. When's the last time you were in a fistfight?
    Oh not since I was in grade school. This kid ripped my Thor comic and then he punched me. I think I ripped his jacket and then he punched me. Then I just ran home.

    That's sad, brother. Did you ever get revenge like Batman would?

    Well, we know you weren't born to stalk the street of Gotham protecting the innocent. What else are you not born to do?
    I hate drawing cars, especially moving cars.

    Does that mean we won't see Cap and Superman driving around in Saab together in JLA/Avengers?

    Uh-huh, that's what I thought. So when was the last time you weren't think about JLA/Avengers?
    Until you brought it up, at least five minutes.

    Okay, which writers are you dying to work with and what projects do you want to tackle with them?
    Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman spring to mind. And if I ever get to work with them, I'd let them pick the project - anything they want to do.

    Here's the big question. Who plays George Perez in the George Perez CBS Movie of the Week?
    Why am I on CBS?

    Just go with it.
    I used to say Burt Reynolds and I've heard Dom DeLuise maybe some kind of strange morph of those two?

    Maybe CBS could call it "George Perez's Cannonball Run."

    Okay, check out these art legends: Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Bob Kane, and George Perez.
    Whoa, I've started to hear that "legend" tag more and more, and I'm not even 50 yet. I'm like, "Hey, slow down. I'm too young to be a legend!"

     February 27, 2003 | Solus: Pick of the Litter
    From WIZARD: THE COMICS MAGAZINE #139 (Apr 2003)

    Pick of the Litter

    WHY IT'S COOLTwo words for ya, bunky: George Perez! The ultra-detailed penciler drreturns to the CrossGen Universe, fresh off his sabbatical doing JLA/Avengers. Perez is hands down one of the best artist working, but his output has been nil while working on the super-anticipated Marvel/DC crossover, so his return to comics ranks as one of the 2003's most-anticipated events! Even Perez has gotten psyched about this return… and this project. "To be able to work on the stuff I really want to do - to do the ultimate superhero book, to do fantasy which I've been aching to do for ages - I consider myself a very fortunate artist," notes Perez.

    IN ISSUE #1 A renowned scientist, explorer and athlete, Andra Radiant wants to put her life back together after a mysterious affliction robs her of her memory, and to do so, she'll have to adopt different identities as she travels the worlds of the CrossGen Universe. By Barbara Kesel, Pérez and Rick Magyar. $2.95 (March 26)

     February 25, 2003 | VECTOR #14
    From Jason Grey, via CG Forums

    Looks like Edge gets a name change with issue fourteen, and a new title is added to it, Solus.

    name: VECTOR #14
    studio: CrossGen
    release date: May 28, 2003

    description: Andra Radiant has lost her memory – and must search the stars to recover it! The CrossGen Universe will never be the same… Welcome to SOLUS, the newest member of the EDGE family, beginning with Chapter 1. Also we have SCION (Chapter 34), RUSE (Chapter 18), MYSTIC (Chapter 34), WAY OF THE RAT (Chapter 11), THE FIRST (Chapter 29), and SIGIL (Chapter 34). Then there’s Part Two of Barbara’s fumetti odyssey through the wilds of Oldsmar, Florida.

    Check out
     February 25, 2003 | Solus, #1 Rank for CG
    From Vu

    Top 300 Comics for March
    Qty Retail Guide Item Title Price Pub.
    78 72 21.25 JAN032067 SOLUS #1 $2.95 CRO

    SOLUS #1 is the number one pre-order comic for CrossGen Comics, for the month of March. The next highest rank is Sojourn #21 with rank 95 on the top 300 comics listing.

     February 14, 2003 | CrossCurrents (Mar 2003)
    From CHIMERA #1 (all CG titles for March contain this news)

    by Gina M. Villa


    In other creative news, veteran inker and all-around-good-guy Rick Magyar will be leaving CRUX to embellish George Perez's pencils on SOLUS, much to George's delight. The two worked together previously on CROSSGEN CHRONICLES #2 and from that experience George knows that Rick can handle anything that he throws at him - and then some. Of course, George always take that as a challenge, so that bodes well for the pages you're going to see. Rounding out the SOLUS art team is Larry Molinar, a very talented young colorist who worked on WildCATS at Wildstorm. Head writer Barbara Kesel handles the writing chores.

     February 7, 2003 | Modern Masters #2 Info
    From Eric Nolen-Weathington, via Forum

    Topic: Modern Masters Vol 2
    posted 2/7/03 2:55 AM

    I wanted to wait a little longer before talking about it, but since people are seeking it out now, here it is: Modern Masters Vol 2: George Pérez is scheduled for August and will be a 128-page b-&-w squarebound paperback. George is doing a new Solus cover for the book which I should be receiving in the next couple of weeks. I'm busy putting the finishing touches on Vol 1 (Alan Davis) right now, but I'll keep you updated as things move along.

     February 1, 2003 | Pérez Talks JLA/A
    From Comics Continuum, thanks to Jason Grey
    Saturday, February 1, 2003
    Copyright © 2003, The Comics Continuum
    posted by

  • Andy Smith, Jeff Johnson, Barbara Kesel, and George Perez, photograph from Comics Continuum
  • George Perez told The Continuum he's about to begin work on the fourth and final issue of the JLA/Avengers crossover mini-series.

    "We finally got our ducks in a row on the fourth issue and I finally got the plot to that," Perez told The Continuum Friday during the Comics & Pop Culture Convention in Pasadena, Calif.

    "I'm a quarter-way inked on issue 3, so it'll be kind of nice to get back to penciling. I think they've worked on all the kinks in issue 4. We're moving ahead."

    Perez said noone is committing to a release date yet for the project, which is written by Kurt Busiek.

    "I wouldn't even hazard a guess at it," he said. "They want to schedule it when I'm working on issue 4. Now I don't know if that means while I'm penciling it or while I'm inking it. With so much anticipation going down, the one thing they don't want is the bad vibes of a book that will not be on schedule."

  • George Perez, photograph from Comics Continuum
  • Perez is back to work at CrossGen Comics, teaming with Barbara Kesel on the new title Solus.

    "I'm almost done with issue 2 now and the first issue premieres on March 26," Perez said. "Solus is a little bit less work just because of the very nature of the project and the fact that I'm not inking. I have a fine, fine inker in Rich Magyar for that.

    "So I try to produce the book a little quicker. On many days, I'll do two pages in one day as opposed to just one. Instead of a 6-7 hour day, I'll have 12-14 hour day in order to get back and finish JLA/Avengers."

    DC Comics and Marvel Comics have been slow in teasing the project, which Perez meets with approval.

    "I think a lot of it is they don't want it to be old news before it comes out," he said. "They don't want to release artwork that people get so used to seeing again and again and again, that sometimes when it comes out a year after they saw it initially, the excitement's gone.

    "I think they've managed to help promote the project to share the mystery now. Anticipation is high and living up to the hype is going to be the biggest challenge."

    That's a challenge Perez said he's up for.

    "As my swansong for mainstream characters, this is putting all my tricks of the trade to the forefront," he said.

     January 26, 2003 | CGE Offers Incentive for Solus #1
    From Silver Bullet Comics
    CGE Offers Ordering Incentive For George Perez' Solus #1
    Posted: Wednesday, January 22
    By: J Hues

    To herald the debut of SOLUS -- the eagerly awaited new series by Barbara Kesel and JLA/AVENGERS artist George Perez -- CrossGen Entertainment (CGE) provided retailers with a black-and-white advance copy of the first issue in the January 15 issue of Diamond Dateline, and is offering a generous ordering incentive that can earn retailers FREE additional quantities of the new title to sell in their stores!

    Retailers whose Initial Orders for SOLUS #1 (JAN032067E) are equal to twice their Initial Orders for CGE's WAY OF THE RAT #6 (AUG021952E) will earn an additional 25% off their SOLUS orders at no additional cost!

    For example, retailers who placed Initial Orders for 10 copies of WAY OF THE RAT #6 and then place Initial Orders for 20 copies of SOLUS #1 will receive an additional five free copies.

    The 48-page debut issue -- by Kesel, Perez, Rick Maygar, and Larry Molinar -- will introduce readers to Audra Radiant, a young woman trying desperately to pick up the pieces of her shattered life...pieces that are scattered across the CrossGen Universe, whose myriad worlds hold the answers she seeks!

     January 25, 2003 | Pacesetter #2 Cover
    From Tony Lorenz

    I'm sending it out to Diamond probably Monday. I'm shooting for an end of April release, right around when George's Solus comes out. Here's a little info of what to look forward to in the book, the issue should have around four articles, checklist, gallery art, photo gallery, news and an interview with the entire creative team of George's new book Solus, the first official interview with the entire creative team of the book. There will be more.

    Cover courtesy of Marcus Mebes.
     January 24, 2003 | Scripting Solus: Kesel Interview at Pulse
    From Pulse

    posted 01-24-2003 01:30 PM
    BY JENNIFER "I've Got a Hidden Sigil, Too" CONTINO

    Barbara Kesel is getting ready for her new series with George Perez, Solus, to begin this March. The series features a young woman trying to find her place, not only in this world but in the CrossGen Universe.

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  • THE PULSE: What inspired the creation of Solus?
    BARBARA KESEL: George. When George told us that he wanted to come back from his hiatus to a monthly series rather than the sporadic CROSSGEN CHRONICLES, we started brainstorming a series that would take advantage of Georges limitless imagination and the scope of our only slightly more limited universe. George wanted his own world; I'm not stopping at one.

    THE PULSE: Solus, like Meridian, is the name of the world of its main characters. Why call this world Solus?
    KESEL: It gains its name from the energy it holds. That sentence will probably make more sense after issue #1 comes out.

    THE PULSE: Solus means alone, how does that definition fit in with the scope of this series?
    Because at the center of it all is a single crucial character.

    THE PULSE: What does the word have to do with the heroine Andra Radiant?
    The word Solus? Solus represents what Andra leaves behind as she ventures off in search of herself. Andra Radiant is who she becomes.

    THE PULSE: Who is Andra Radiant?
    She's the hero of Heliotrope. Actually, they just know her as Radiant. She was named for a character in a MMURPG who came to life one day.

    THE PULSE: If the residents of Solus can't remember a time when she wasn't around the world, does that make her immortal? Is Andra one of the "First?"
    No, Andra is not one of the First. And there are no residents of Solus. Yet.

    THE PULSE: Does Andra have a Sigil?
    Andra's not a Sigil-Bearer, either. Aren't you loving these answers?

    THE PULSE: How is working on Solus different than your other work in the CrossGen Universe?
    Just as our continuity is complicated and interconnected, although by design not so intrusive that you cant read any one of our comics titles alone, the genesis team behind SOLUS is bigger than just me sending a projected outline through the approval process. Events in this book will eventually change our entire universe, so those events start at the top: Mark Alessi and Gina Villa are involved in the 6-month projections. I'm there to take the continuity needs and craft them into a story, adding new worlds, specific universal events, personality, bits of business, and all that gooey character stuff. Chuck Dixon is involved to make sure we don't overcomplicate matters or forget to provide some meat for the average action fan, then George takes what I write in the plot, adds in our phone conversations, and delivers 200% of what he's been asked to draw.

    [ Read more Scripting Solus: Kesel Interview at Pulse ]

     January 20, 2003 | Anticipated Items: Solus #1
    From Wizard Universe
    Comic news from the front line
    Friday, January 10
    By Karl Cramer


    Anticipated Items:
    Solus #1. Atomic Comic in Phoeniz, AZ says that even people who aren't into Crossgen books are showing a lot of interest in this series because of Crossgen has been showing a lot of preview art and George Perez seems to be at the top his game.

     January 18, 2003 | Kesel in Comics International
    From Booster
    Topic: Beeber interview in Comics International (BIG BIG SPOILERS)
    posted 01-17-2003 06:46 PM

    Just found this in a feature on Solus in Comics International 154. I quote...

    Describing the main cast members, Kesel continued "Andra Radiant, as she comes to be known, is a tremendously powerful and astoundingly impatient woman with a strange affinity for each of the CGU worlds and absolutely no memory why. Lindy is a Sigil-Bearer who crosses Andra's path in issue 1 and is completely destroyed by the experience. Zeuss is the self-styled creator of an amazing artifical intelligence that has taken over Lindy's world. And then there's Danik, who may be familiar to the readers of Crux."

    Discussing the project, the writer explained the most challenging aspect was "balancing the needs for story against the big scale of the universe we're cruising through. Too much scale and you yawn because it's just space; too much "people stuff" and you're bored waiting for something to happen. We needed to make it feel like Goldilock's porridge : just right."

    According to Kesel, the mood she, Perez and inker Rick Magyar are trying to convey in Solus is one of energy and excitement. "We want you to be intrigued, but without a clue as to what we'll do next." The style of story, she added, will be one worthy of the artist. "Big, loud and exhaustingly fun."

    "If we do our job well," she continued, "You'll never notice that you're cruising through a historical travelogue of the CGU. You'll just turn the pages as fast as you can, read and yell 'Cool!' when it's done."

    Related links:

    (Vu: I've mentioned this before last year in October, but Comics International did a favorable review of this website here: Website Reviews #6 (14 Jul 2001), written by Chris Bunting.)

     January 16, 2003 | Correction & Update
    From George Pérez
    Topic: Correction & Update
    posted 1/16/03 2:04 PM

    Hi, Due to a mistake in a printed interview, SOLUS color genius Larry Molinar's name has been repeatedly misspelled as "Mullen". This is partially my fault for not spelling out his name in the taped interview (although the reporter should have checked it since Larry Molinar is not yet a well-known name in the industry). His name is even misspelled in the SOLUS fansite. Considering that Larry's work is so incredibly spectacular I believe he deserves to have his name spelled correctly. I appreciate you passing this on.

    By the way, I'm now inking Issue 3 of JLA/AVENGERS (page 13 at the moment) and should be starting the pencilling on the final Issue in mid-February. Yes, there have been delays in finalizing the scripts (as well as the art-- I'm notoriously anal when it comes to the details and pencilling and inking as many as three dozen characters in a single panel is not exactly speedy work), but I wish to emphatically state that it has nothing to do with any of the rumors of intercompany brinkmanship stated by certain well-meaning, but ill-informed posters. This project's just so large that everyone involved at both companies is making suggestions and amendments to make this as much of a wish fulfillment series as possible. I know that if the same number of fans were given the chance to make suggestions or recommendations that would then be countered and revised by other fans with their own suggestions and recommendations, the process would probably take even longer. Heck, movie scripts take a good deal longer-- years even. I'm told that the plot for Issue #4 is in its final tweaking stage, so things are moving along. Slowly, I grant you, but still moving. Believe it or not this is a project that seems to be transcending politics and I'm very proud to be a part of it. This year is the year for JLA/AVENGERS (and SOLUS) and I hope that you all feel everything was worth waiting for.


     January 15, 2003 | Solus Preview
    From Vu
    Before I begin, let me say: very, very special thanks to Jeff Prentiss over at If you have a moment, send him an email saying how much you appreciate seeing the preview of SOLUS #1.

    Diamond and CrossGen Comics sent one copy of this SOLUS PREVIEW to all of their retailers, along with their comic book shipment this week. They are black and white photocopied (front and back) and contain 17 pages of interior pages, plus 3 pages of pinup artwork (I am assuming one of the pinup is the cover to #2). As with most cases, you can find these cheaply produced copies on sale on Ebay under either "promotional" or "ashcan". They usually sell for about $5, but I do not recommend anyone paying that much for these free promos. Instead, click on all the scans below or wait until the comic book actually ship to your area on March 26th.

    These images are copyrighted 2003 by CrossGen and was never intended for internet usages... if they ask me to take down the pages, I will do it. So my advice is for you to save them on your harddrive while you can.

    Again, I want to thank my comic book store, Outpost 2000, for being the best comic shop. You can read about my comic shop on ICv2: In-Store Gaming, Part III. An excerpt from the article: "Outpost 2000 is a pop culture store that specializes in both comic and games, located in Minneapolis suburb Brooklyn Park. In operation since 1996, Outpost 2000's layout includes a dedicated "game room" that is the site of league and tournament play for all of today's popular games.".

    Here are all the pages to the SOLUS PREVIEW from CrossGen Comics and Diamond Distribution.

    SOLUS #1 PREVIEW (Jan 2003)
  • Page 1
  • Page 2
  • Page 3
  • Page 4
  • Page 5
  • Page 6
  • Page 7
  • Page 8
  • Page 9
  • Page 10
  • Page 11
  • Page 12
  • Page 13
  • Page 14

  • Page 15

  • Page 16

  • Page 17

  • Cover to SOLUS #1

  • Cover to SOLUS #2

  • Pinup, see also ANDRA RADIANT PINUP
  • Credits include:

    Barbara Kesel
    George Pérez
    Rick Magyar (1-15 for preview)
    Larry Molinar (colors reproduced in black and white)
     January 13, 2003 | Heliotrope
    From Barbara Kesel, via CG Forum
    Topic: Heliotrope?
    posted 01-12-2003 03:27 PM by Beeber

    There's a planet named Solus, and a city named Heliotrope. Does that help?

     January 10, 2003 | Solus's "Hound"
    From Blinding Radiant

    January 9th, 2003 - Just a little update today. Beeber (Barbara Kesel) stopped by chat again the other day, and while there wasn't much (that I saw) mentioned in regards to Solus, she did reveal that the creature on the cover is called a Hound, and she teased a bit about the creator of the creature, but no real details were given beyond the name of the beast.

     January 5, 2003 | 2003 Poll & Pre-Orders
    From Vu
    Judging from WHAT COMICS ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO IN 2003? there are a few votes for AVENGERS/JLA.

    The following is from Haven's Top 20:

    Here are Haven's top 20 pre-orders. (January 5, 2003)

    1. Spider-Man (Kevin Smith)
    2. Brath (Chuck Dixon & Andrea Di Vito)
    3. JLA/Avengers (George Perez)
    13. Solus (Barbara Kesel & George Perez)

    No, AVENGERS/JLA have not been solicited, these are requests from subscribers to order for them when it does get listed through Diamonds.
     January 4, 2003 | CBG's 2003 Preview
    From COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE #1522 (17 Jan 03)
    written by Nathan Melby
    Publishers pick Top 5 favorites from their upcoming releases
  • COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE #1522 (17 Jan 03), Features Solus on the cover
  • CrossGen Comics
    CrossGen will introduce five titles beginning in 2003, including a monthly that features work by George Pérez and an odd take on the concept of a modern super-hero family (The Crossovers).


    . . .

    In March the company will ship Solus #1, which will be in its 300th consecutive on-time CrossGen issue. There's more than promptness involved in the announcement, since Solus will not only feature the return of George Pérez to a monthly comics, the storyline will also take readers through the CrossGen universe, as its focal character tries to put the pieces of her life together by visiting its assorted worlds.

    (Vu: Features the very same advertisment that appeared in PREVIEWS, only on one page. See also PREVIEWS CONSUMER ORDER FORM (Jan 03). Since SOLUS #1 is the 300th consecutive on-time issue, expect to hear a lot more about the comic book when it hits the stores.)

    Related links: and
     January 3, 2003 | Chat with Kesel & Panaccio
    From CG Universe
    A Chat with Beeber and Tony
    January 02nd, 2003
    by James Grasselli

    Barabara Kesel (Beeber) was in the CG Chat tonight and answered a few questions from the spectators there.


    4) What is the status of Solus?
    A) Solus is going great. I can't tell you much about the story, but George is getting the best inking and coloring in his career. No disrepesect to any of the Chronicles teams, but Rick's enthusiasm shows, and Larry's a completely fearless colorist.

    Tony Panaccio also showed up at around this point and answered a few questions as well. Beeber left pretty soon after Tony came in, though.

    7) What news of the Sigil TV show?
    A) The Sigil TV show has been morphed to a feature fil, now, and yes, we will be working with the Sigil cast of characters in a stage closer to the way they were in the Sigil Chronicles issues written by Mark Waid and drawn by George Perez.

     January 3, 2003 | CG's Books Mar 03 Online
    From Vu
    CrossGen's March 2003 comic books details are now available online.
     January 3, 2003 | Solus to be Serial in Caravan?
    From Vu
    I was looking over some news (for the 2002 year in review) and this caught my attention:
    February 27, 2002 | New CrossGen Titles
    Dateline: Tuesday, February 26, 2002
    By: ROB ALLSTETTER, Correspondent

    CARAVAN will be the third Compendia title and will launch in July 2003. It will coincide with CrossGen reaching 15 monthly titles.

    I am almost certain that CARAVAN will be serializing SOLUS in July of 2003.

    Currently, FORGE are reprinting/serializing these titles: CRUX, MERIDIAN, NEGATION, SOJOURN, THE PATH and ROUTE 666. EDGE is reprinting/serializing these titles: THE FIRST, MYSTIC, RUSE, SCION, SIGIL and WAY OF THE RAT. It would only make sense that CARAVAN will contain the following: SOLUS, BRATH, CHIMERA, THE RED STAR, THE CROSSOVERS, and DEMONWARS.

    THE RED STAR is confirmed to be printed in Caravan, according to Comic Shop News.

    This is just an educated guess, it is not confirmed if SOLUS will be printed in CARAVAN or not, but I am listing it here as a possible future Pérez-related comic book.

     January 2, 2003 | Pros Responds to Price Rise
    From Pulse
    posted 01-02-2003 02:26 PM
    By Jennifer M. Contino


    THE PULSE: Why can't comics be prices in the US$1.00 to US$1.75 range again? What is going to happen to the industry if these rates keep increasing?

    MARK ALESSI: I have always said that we need to find a way to provide more reasonable pricing for comics which is what we have tried to do with the "Pocket Size Compendia" which fans are writing us that they were originally worried about the size reduction effecting quality, but now that they have seen them they are amazed at the quality of reproduction. I mean 8 comics for 8 bucks, hard to beat!!! Comics on the Web are also a great price reductioin option! Even if you still want the hard copy on certain titles, it cost $2 dollars a month for unlimited access to over 180 titles and growing monthly, some with voice over and many in multiple languages. Two dollars for 180 comics seems like a legitimate bargain and since they have cellular support you can read them anywhere you can pick up a cellular connection. You will never get lost in our continuity with every title ever published available !!! Currently, we are releasing Brath, Crossovers and Lady Death "A Medieval Tale "plus two new mini-series one, "The Mark of Charon" and two, the long awaited return of Brandon Peterson in "Chimara" as well as George Perez's return to a monthly title in "Solus". Some top flight stuff from some very talented creators . I hope fans will give them a look!

     December 28, 2002 | Diamond Links
    From Vu
    Diamond has some Preview Spotlight Comics online.

    They also have Pérez on Different Planets online as well: News & Notes.

     December 28, 2002 | Pérez on Different Planets
    From PREVIEWS vol 13, #1 (Jan 03), thanks to ES
    Pérez on Different Planets

    George Pérez returns to the CrossGen Universe, and he's landed a project that's ideal for his penciling talent! Solus #1 allows Pérez to draw Audra [sic] Radiant on many worlds, and dozens of characters and a huge variety of crostumes. Watch Pérez take Audra [sic] from pulp hero to barbarian warrior as she tours the many worlds of the CrossGen universe in search of herself! Look for Solus #1 from CG Entertainment in the Comics section of Previews!

     December 27, 2002 | CrossGen Art Changes
    From Comics Continuum


    Current Crux inker Rick Magyar will be moving on to Solus, CrossGen's new monthly title, inking the pencils of comics legend George Pérez.

    "I have thoroughly enjoyed the work that Chuck [Dixon], Steve, Frank [D'Armata] and I have done for nearly two years and consider it the finest collaboration I've been involved in," said Magyar. "But now, I find myself very pleased with the work I'm doing with Barbara [Kesel], George, and Larry [Molinar] on Solus. I anticipate excellent individual efforts from all of us on a book that is sure to sweep the reader off on a cosmic roller coaster ride."

     December 27, 2002 | Solus in Previews
    From PREVIEWS vol 13, #1 (Jan 03)
  • Also, along with the PREVIEWS is the consumer ordering form, which uses the advertisment on the cover.

    The CrossGen comic book section had a special 2-page spread reads. It reads:



    Andra Radiant is putting the pieces of her life back together. The problem is that they’re all scattered on different worlds! Watch as Andra goes from pulp hero to barbarian warrior, changing identities as she tours the worlds of the CrossGen Universe in search of herself. The answers she finds will change her life – and change the universe forever!

    SOLUS #1
    Written by Barbara Kesel, art by George Pérez and Rick Magyar, colors by Larry Molinar

    48 pages full color - 32 PAGES OF STORY! - on sale March 26 .... $2.95

    Finally, this month ends with this item:

    Printed on Mylar. Features laster-teched Sigil Medallion. Includes Certificate of Authenticity. Limited to 500 pieces. The Signed Edition includes an acid-free signature card signed by Barbara Kesel, George Pérez, Rick Magyar, and Larry Molinar. Limited to 100 pieces. (8182) (CAUT: 4)

    REG - Cell, 8x10, FC
    SIGNED - Cell, 8x10, FC

     December 24, 2002 | Solus Solicitation
    From Blinding Radiants
    December 24, 2002 - Merry Christmas! Previews has the solicitation info for Solus #1, and now I bring it to you!
    Solus #1
    Written by Barbara Kesel, art by George Perez & Rick Magyar, and colors by Larry Molinar

    Audra (Is that a typo?) Radiant is putting the pieces of her life back together. The problem is that they’re all scattered on different worlds! Watch as Audra goes from pulp hero to barbarian warrior, changing identities as she tours the worlds of the CrossGen Universe in search of herself. The answers she finds will change her life – and change the universe forever! Written by Barbara Kesel, art by George Perez & Rick Magyar, and colors by Larry Molinar.

    48pg, FC..........$2.95

     December 22, 2002 | Solus Website
    From Jason Grey, via CrossGen Forums
  • Blinding Radiants
  • Solus Website
    posted 12-22-2002 05:57 PM

    I love making websites. I get bored, have ideas, throw stuff together, and generally try stuff out.

    I had, IMO, a brilliant idea for a Solus website, and thanks to Booster giving me the idea to do one, I went ahead and did it. I'm quite pleased with the results.

    And yeah, I know the site is a tad sparse right now, but considering what's known so far, it's not too bad. It will be updated.

    Check it out! Suggestions are more than welcome.

    Blinding Radiants

     December 19, 2002 | More Wizard's 2003 Preview
    From WIZARD: THE COMICS MAGAZINE #137 (Feb 03)

    Andra Radiant, the hero of Heliotrope, is finally revealed to the millions of curious watchers who have followed her adventures for years in March's Solus #1 by Barbara Kesel and George Pérez. In issue #2, Andra visits Ayden of Quin, who gives her a gift endowed with a familiar orange energy, while in issue #3, Brath Mac Garen, from the pages of Brath, finds himself confronted by a powerful stranger, and the encounter leaves him permanently changed.

     December 19, 2002 | Solus Avatars
    From LizardSnake, via CrossGen Forums
    New Avatars!
    posted 12-18-2002 11:56 AM

    There are quite a few new avatars, among them an Andra Radiant avatar! It's from the second image we got, the (supposed) Arcadian Andra, with the Sigil earrings. It's a great image. I almost chose it for my new avatar.

     December 18, 2002 | Megacon 2003 Letter
    From MEGACON 2003 LETTER
  • Art by George Pérez, from the cover to SOLUS #1

    George first started in comics in 1973 as an assistant to Rich Buckler, working on a back-up story in Astonishing Tales #25. His first solo assignments came a year later when he penciled the story Sons of the Tiger from the black and white magazine Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu, and Man-Wolf from Creatures on the Loose. Within a year of these stories, he was offered regular assignments on Fantastic Four, The Inhumans, and The Avengers. George has worked steadily since that time. It was his work on these large-scale team books that garnered him the reputation as the artist that liked to draw group books. During his historic career, George has worked for every major publisher, as well as some minor ones. He is best known for his work on The New Teen Titans, a series that helped turn DC Comics around in the early 80s and was also the first mainstream title to offer a royalties program to its creators. He is also well known for his runs on Wonder Woman, Marvel Comics' Avengers series, and for the maxi-series to end all maxi series, Crisis on Infinite Earths. You can now see George's work on the CrossGen Comics title Solus and the upcoming JLA/Avengers.

    Related links: Related
  • MEGACON 2003, ORLANDO, FLORIDA (February 28th - March 2nd, 2003 )
  • SOLUS #1 (March 19, 2003)
  • JLA/AVENGERS #1 (Summer 2003)
  •  December 9, 2002 | Eaglesham to CrossGen
    From Newsarama
    posted December 09, 2002 02:59 PM
    by Matt Brady


    ...Generally, CrossGen hires new talent with a specific project for them to work on already in development, but has not conformed any new books on the horizon, aside from the Barbara Kesel/George Perez monthly, Solus, although Dixon has mentioned that the publisher may be doing a historical series soon.

    UPDATED: Late Monday, Newsarama was informed that Eaglesham is indeed leaving DC and Green Lantern. His last issue will be #161.

     December 4, 2002 | Wizard's Postermania 2003
    From Vu

    WIZARD'S POSTERMANIA! 2003 #1 (Dec 2003)
    Wizard Press

    Posters (48 pages)

    Art by George Pérez and Rick Magyar, colors by Larry Molinar. 
    Promo to Solus #1 (on sale March 19). Art by George Pérez and Rick Magyar, colors by Larry Molinar.

    (Vu: The same image is also published in WIZARD: THE COMICS MAGAZINE #136.)

     November 20, 2002 | Wizard #136: George Goes Monthly

    written by Dave Marshall
    transcribed by Vu
    published in WIZARD MAGAZINE #136
    Pérez makes CrossGen monthly debut with superhero-free 'Solus'

    SOLUS #1
    SOLUS #1 (Apr 2003)
    George Pérez wants to draw everything in his new series for CrossGen - everything, that is, except superheroes.

    When Solus launches next March, the oft proclaimed "ultimate superhero artist" takes time from working on the uber-anticipated JLA/Avengers project to embark on his first monthly ongoing series in over two years. And there isn't a single cape in sight.

    "I've been drawing superheroes nonstop for almost 30 years," admitted Pérez. "With this past year of working on the ultimate superhero team-up, it's really nice to get on my feet wet again in the fantasy arena and have a character who actually changes their clothes from time to time."

    That character is the ravishing and brilliant Andra Radiant. The most renown scientist, athlete and explorer on her planet, Andra has no memory of her past accomplishments.

    "She seems to be the inspiration, if not the outright cause, of the world's progress and well-being," noted Pérez. "She's a glorified persona. While she knows that's who she is, that's all she nows about who she is."

    Rather than soaking up praise she can't remember deserving, Andra resolves to uncover the truth, traveling to the various planets across the CrossGen Universe in search of her past.

    "Crossing through the different planets means being able to do a lot of design work and being able to work in lots of genres I don't ordinarily get a chance to do," said Pérez. "it's the best of all worlds… literally."

    The decision to go monthly with the series exemplifies Pérez's determination to challenge himself despite everything he's already accomplished.

    "There is a real wear and tear on the creative juices trying to come up with something interesting month after month," explained Pérez. "But I knew that if I wanted to feel like part of the CrossGen team and maximize my return after a year's hiatus, it had to be with more than just going back to the status quo."

    In many ways, Solus is an opportunity for Pérez to explore the less-charted areas of his creative career. While giving Pérez the female protagonist he craved and a science fiction/fantasy setting that would let his imagination run, there was still something missing.

    "One of the things I've missed is being able to work with a woman writer," said Pérez. "Having worked on Wonder Woman with Karen Berger, I find I have a lot I identify with the female point of view, and I really wanted to work that way with someone who was intelligent and whose writing ability I respected."

    Luckily, Barbara Kesel agreed to write the new series. Already fast friends, the two had previously collaborated on a Meridian story in CrossGen Chronicles #3.

    "I like Barbara's way of thinking," praised Pérez. "While she has a good grasp of graphics, she has a lot more internal action that goes on with the characters in her stories. It creates a real challenge to convey those thoughts visually, and I like the challenge."

    Once again a fulltime CrossGen employee, Pérez is on double duty, working on Solus during the day and drawing JLA/Avengers during nights and weekends. Rather than feel overwhelmed, Pérez celebrates the opportunity to work on such varied projects.

    "I've been very lucky," reflected Pérez. "To be able to work on the stuff I really want to do - to do the ultimate superhero book, to do fantasy which I've been aching to do for ages - I consider myself a very fortunate artist."

     November 20, 2002 | New Solus Image
    From Scion09, via CG Forums
  • From WIZARD MAGAZINE #136, Scan courtesy of Scion09
  • New SOLUS Image from WIZARD
    posted 11-19-2002 09:35 PM

    There is a Solus preview in this month's Wizard. A new pic is shown...I took the liberty to scan it.

    Looks like Ruse, Mystic, Sigil, Crux, and Brath to me....

    (Vu: I will be posting a higher resolution scan later today. I haven't gone to the comic book store as I am currently loaning my car. See Site Update below.)

    From ES
    WIZARD MAG #136 had a one page article on Mr. Perez in it. I'm not sure MARS ATTACK is a homage to CRISIS. The most of the other covers seem to always acknowledge Mr. Perez or CRISIS.
     November 16, 2002 | CBG #1515: 2003 Projects
    From COMICS BUYERS GUIDE #1515 (29 Nov 02)
    Pérez has more than crossover on tap in 2003
    written by George Nelson
    transcribed by Vu
    published in COMICS BUYERS GUIDE #1515 (29 Nov 02)

    SOLUS #1
    SOLUS #1 (Apr 2003)
    If JLA/Avengers doesn't provide comics fans with enough of George Pérez in 2003, don't worry - there's more.

    Next year will also see the debut of the new series Pérez is drawing for CrossGen: Solus.

    "The details are still being kept close to the vest. It deals with a globetrotting - globes-trotting, to be more specific - character named Andra," Pérez told CBG at the recent Baltimore Comic-Con.

    "I guess the best way for me to describe it is to be able to do the CrossGen Chronicles that I was doing but with a recurring cast, with a regular cast of characters and a female lead, which I really wanted to do - and work with Barbara Kesel, whom I've known for many years. I'm finally getting a chance to work with her on a regular basis. Basically, I just wanted something that would keep stretching my wings."

    Pérez observed that, when writers and editors discuss putting together "the ideal George Pérez book," it means "they're going to make me work like a dog." However, he acknowledged that he typically does more than the plot requires.

    "If I complain about it, I guess it's the way that inkers complain about working on me: that they do enjoy the craft; it's just that it's a lot of work," he said. "I like rising the challenge. It's very easy to be complacent and just do the things that you're comfortable doing."

    Pérez said he already has completed designs and promotional pieces for Solus and recently received the plot for the first issue. "I even drew a page this morning, so by the end of next week I should be a quarter of the way done with the first issue. The cover is already done," he added. He said he thought it would be scheduled for late February or early March release. "I may be off on that by a month or so. It will come out before JLA/Avengers."

    Pérez also said that, to die it with JLA/Avengers, DC is planning to release a trade paperback covering his run as penciller on Wonder Woman, which he also wrote. He said the trade would cover the series' first 24 issues, possibly the first annual, and the main story from Action #600, on which he collaborated with John Byrne, teaming up Superman and Wonder Woman.

    Through he is not actively involved with the project, Pérez said he was pleased to hear about the Teen Titans cartoon in production for Cartoon Network. The new series features five of the seven characters that appeared in the launch of the New Teen Titans in 1980: Robin and Changeling (called his original name, Beast Boy, in the new animated series) along with the three characters Pérez and writer Marv Wolfman created for the series - Cyborg, Starfire, and Raven.

    "I had absolutely nothing to do with the project itself but I am flattered, to say the least," he said.

    Pérez said he first heard about the series when DC Publisher Paul Levitz called to let him know about it. "I thought that was a real classy thing for him to do. I am - from a financial point of view - very, very tickled about the Titans cartoon and I've been away from it long enough hat I don't get bothered by the changes, since the book itself has gone through so many changes since I've been off it, for a decade now.

    "Other than that, it's a really, really empty looking 2003 for me," he joked.

     November 8, 2002 | Site Update
    From Comic World News (thanks to Mel's Man and also Scott Tilson..)
    SOLUS #1
    SOLUS #1 (Apr 2003)
    Sigil Bearer
    A conversation with Barbara Kesel

    With Caleb Gerard

    Barbara Kesel has made the rounds in the comicbook industry and has landed at CrossGeneration (CrossGen) Comics in Florida. Starting from scratch Barbara has led the band of writers in the CrossGen bullpen as their Head Writer in a slowly building tidal wave of comics that have garnered not only rising sales but continuing critical praise from the fans AND the press. For myself I have been a fan of Barbara's since she inspired me to give writing a go. I haven't made "the break" but I still look to her for inspiration. Anyhow, let's jump into this one and see where we end up at the end. And as always I'm not going to do a bio for her 'cause I'll just come up short.


    CWN: What other projects can we look for from your desk?

    BK: There's SOLUS, with the legendary-and-earned-it George Pérez, Rick Magyar, and Larry Molinar. Speaking of stubborn female characters, Andra's going to be one to watch. Stubborn females...looks like there's a tinge of autobiographical content to my work...sigh.

    [ Read more on Comic World News ]
     November 2, 2002 | Pérez Interview at Pulse
    From Pulse
    posted 11-01-2002 11:44 AM



    THE PULSE: Is this the only thing you're working on?

    PEREZ: As of October 1st I've started back at Crossgen after taking a one year leave and I've started on SOLUS with Barbara Kesel. I'm looking forward to that one. Rick Magyar is inking and Larry Mullen (Molinar) is our color artist.


    THE PULSE: There you go, internet rumor! Now SOLUS from Crossgen, what can you tell us about that?

    PEREZ: In a nutshell, I describe it as my doing the Crossgen chronicles series but with a recurring lead character, Andra. She goes to different worlds in the Crossgen universe, without it being crossovers or having to pick up the other books to have it make sense or be complete. But it allows me different milieus to work in every story arc. I might be drawing her in a Victorian-type outfit in one story and then space trooper armor and rayguns in the next. So she's a very flexible character. And the only revision or request I had in doing the series for Crossgen is that I wanted a female protagonist. I had a great time doing Wonder Woman, and I love playing around with the female characters because, lord knows, the male fantasy has been done to death at this point. I wanted to do something with Barbara Kesel, who I trust as a very enlightened writer as well. Being a woman gives her the proper point of view. I have great confidence that it's sexy without being prurient and intelligent. Of course my job is then to give it as much visual razzle dazzle as I can.

    The biggest surprise to Crossgen is when I said I wanted to do a monthly series. When my leave of absence ended around October 1st they had expected that I would just go back to doing CROSSGEN CHRONICLES, a quarterly book, but I'm grateful to all that Crossgen has done. I had great respect for the company and great respect for the people who work there and I couldn't, in good conscience, come in and get that star treatment doing less work than everyone else had to do. No, no, if everyone else is doing a monthly series to pull their weight, if I really want to consider myself a part of Crossgen, I have to do the same amount of work. So I volunteered to do a monthly book, much to their pleasure and surprise.

    THE PULSE: They said "Wow, we're getting our money's worth out of this guy!"

    PEREZ: Yes, technically my page rate has gone down. I'm getting paid the same amount of money to do a monthly, as I was a quarterly because I'm on salary. So spread out on a page basis, yes, I'm earning less, but I feel like I'm earning their trust more. They've earned that from me.

    [ Read more Pérez Interview at Pulse ]
     October 28, 2002 | SunWuWong's Baltimore Review
    From SunWuKong, via Forum
    What I know From Perez at Baltimore Comicon
    posted 10/28/02 3:22 AM

    Okay, I went to the Baltimore Comicon and saw Mr. Perez there. As always, he was very cheerful and friendly towards everyone. I went to his panel and this is what I can remember. First, an update on JLA/Avengers. Mr. Perez is nearly finished penciling issue three of the series and is almost done inking issue 2. He has yet to get the plotline for issue 4 from Kurt Busiek. From what he and Tom Brevoort can estimate, the mini-series will be avaliable sometime during summer of 2003. They say that they are going to do this right and convinced Marvel and DC to solicit the issues when they are nearly complete. Their argument was "DK2" and "Origin." I was lucky enough to see a fully colored copy of the gatefold cover for issue 1. What can I say? It was spectacular! It had all the head shots of the members of both super groups looking surprised at something in the sky.

    Now for his upcoming Crossgen project, "Solus." He says that the first issue might be solicted as early as Feb. or March of 2003! It stars a woman named Anya or Anna, who looks like Nicole Kidman and her side kick who is somewhat smaller than her. He was showing a penciled copy of the cover for the first issue and it will knock your socks off if you saw it! I can not even explain it since it's so rich in detail!

    All in all, I had a great time over there. He's coming back next year so hopefully other people can share the same experience as I have.

     October 23, 2002 | Kesel Interview at Pulse
    From Pulse (thanks to Son of Avalon.)
    posted 10-22-2002 11:37 AM
    written by Jennifer Contino


    THE PULSE: Sighs, ok. What about your other series'?
    KESEL: SOLUS, with George Pérez, Rick Magyar, and Larry Molinar. That's a big action-spectacle of a secret-spilling book. We will literally go everywhere and see everything as Andra Radiant puts the pieces of her life back together. THE FIRST with Andy Smith, Rob Hunter, and Sumi Pak. We'll see what happens as Elysia starts to politically disintegrate and those pesky Sigil-Bearers start to intrude on things.

     September 27, 2002 | Alessi Interviewed on CBR
    From Comic Book Resources
    THE COLUMN: THE CHAIR (2 of 3)
    Issue #10, Friday September 27, 2002
    written by Mark Millar

  • Mark Alessi at CCI 2001
  • Mark Millar: Hypothetical question: Kevin Smith, JMS and myself are all writing top 10 books and selling in excess of 100,000 copies a month on sometimes new or unlikely hits. If we offered to write three Crossgen books for a year or two, but didn't want to move into the Florida complex, would you still hire us as a means of taking the sales further?

    Mark Alessi: This is precisely why we built the Code 6 and affiliate programs, because we know there are other great stories to be told and creators who want a more fair opportunity to distribute their wares and get a better share of the rewards. Traditionally, all full-time employees on CrossGen books must relocate to Florida, however, no matter what your rule structure, common sense has to prevail in certain circumstances. Scott Beatty currently writes an internally-produced book for CrossGen, however it would be inconsiderate and unfair to ask him to relocate for just one book. George Perez starts work on his new title October 1st, but he still primarily works from home because of health concerns. If you, Kevin Smith, and JMS want to do a book with CrossGen, clearly we would be open to an arrangement under Code 6 or the affiliate program based upon the type of book you want to do and how we feel it would fit in our business strategy of being able to market the book to a broad range of age-groups, gender, and cultures in the mainstream marketplace. That strategy is why our entire line of books are sold in 34 countries across 12 languages. As a very unique example, the People's Republic of China has approved our entire line for publishing, primarily because our books are all about inclusion, not about exclusion regardless of intent. So, when can I expect your submission?

    [ Read more THE COLUMN: THE CHAIR (2 of 3) ]

     September 26, 2002 | Kesel/Pérez Team Up
    From Newsarama (thanks to James Grasselli via CrossGen's Messageboard)
    posted September 26, 2002 11:33 AM
    written by mattbrady

    CrossGen Comics has confirmed for Newsarama that following the launch of Brath in January, Chimera in February (moved from its original December release), March will see the release of Solus, a new series written by Barbara Kesel, with art by George Perez.

    Kesel has been teasing fans on the CrossGen message boards about the new series, saying that it will feature the adventures of a character named Andra Radiant, and she is apparently the hero of her homeworld, Solus.

    Additionally, there are reports that Perez has said the series will be similar to CrossGen’s Negation, in that a small group of characters will be able to travel between the different worlds of the CG Universe – something that will allow Perez to draw many varied characters.

    CrossGen declined to provide more information on the series, apart from the creative team and launch date.

    Look for more information as it becomes available…

     September 26, 2002 | Wizard's Solus Spotlight
    From WIZARD #134 (Nov 02)
    written by Mike Cotton and James McDonough

    GEORGE PEREZ'S NEW MONTHLY WRITTEN BY Barbara Kesel (The First) and penciled by Pérez, Solus, a new monthly CrossGen series, features Andra Radiant - a legendary adventurer, an accomplished scholar, superb athlete and an unparalleled beauty. She and her band of agents have kept the world of Solus protected for so long that no one can remember what it was like before she came. Is she too good to be true?

     September 14, 2002 | What Solus is About
    From CrossGen Comics
    From the Mouth of Beeber
    posted 09-12-2002 04:02 PM
    written by drakeon

    Barbara told me at the San Diego Con that Solus would be about a woman who is the hero of her world. Everyone knows who she is and what she's done...except her! She's all alone and set to uncover the mystery of her past. Barbara said that Solus is the name of her world, but it might also have a secret meaning. (her being alone)

    She basically said the only connection to the CG Universe (to a big extent) would of course be an orange-eyed being. Hope this helps some.....

     September 6, 2002 | Solus Rumors
    From Vu
    Things have been slow on the Pérez front. The latest rumor from CrossGen's Messageboard is that Solus will be about the creator of the CrossGen universe, as mentioned by First Evil:
    "Even she doesn't know"
    posted 09-03-2002 06:14 PM


    "Her name is Radiant. In Mystic #27, Creator is depicted as a humanoid female with a stylized sun in place of her head."

     August 31, 2002 | Solus Forum
    From Vu
    A new forum for Solus is available on CrossGen, since August 30th. It already has 80 posts (as of this writing).

    Who is Andra Radiant? Even she doesn't know.
     August 18, 2002 | SOLUS Thread
    From Crossgen Messageboard
    Topic: Temporary Solus thread (#1)
    posted 08-08-2002 05:07 AM
    posted by Booster

    According to Beeber :
    "My other formerly-secret-until-announced-at-San-Diego project is the development of CrossGen's next series, SOLUS, written by me with art by some guy named George. Perez, that is. If features the adventures of Andra Radiant, and that's about all we're going to tell you about it for now. Watch for the big announcement and first art..."

    A while back, The Master spoke with George Perez who told him a few things about it.

    1) It's kind of like CrossGen Chronicles in that he has access to many of the charcters in the CG Universe if he needs them.

    2) It will feature an ongoing group of individuals that travel throughout the CG universe.

    This sounds really good.....

    Topic: Temporary Solus thread (#2)
    posted 08-08-2002 07:44 AM
    posted by Eternity Williams

    Weird name for a group title.

    Solus is Latin and means alone, only, the only

    Topic: Temporary Solus thread (#10)
    posted 08-18-2002 12:11 AM
    posted by Solstice

    I don't know if it's been announced formally yet, but Beeber's excerpt is from the "the writer speaks!" thread on the Meridian MB, in case anyone else is wondering. So yeah, it's bona fide.

    (For those just joining us, Beeber is Barbara Kesel, who posted the original message on this thread: Meridian: The Writer Speaks! (#217) on August 7th.)

     August 15, 2002 | Solus (Not Solace)
    From Booster, via CrossGen Messageboard
    Any more info on Perez ... ?
    posted 08-13-2002 05:38 AM

    It's called Solus, folks. [Smile]

     August 12, 2002 | New CrossGen Book: Solace
    From Jennifer, via CrossGen Messageboard
    Any more info on Perez ......
    08-12-2002 08:30 PM
    posted by aromagirl0

    George's new book is called Solace (or Souless - there was some confusion about the name) and Beeber will be writing it.

    It was announced at the SD Comic Con [Big Grin]


     August 6, 2002 | Kesel as Writer on New Title
    From CrossGen Comics
    Topic: Any new Titles announced?

    raistlin7 writes:

    posted 08-04-2002 10:58 PM
    Was there any news on the George Perez series, that is supposed to come out in February?
    intmd8r writes:
    posted 08-05-2002 09:53 AM
    Barbara Kesel will be writing it... but that's ALL I know! [Wink]
     July 16, 2002 | George's New Book
    From Ozzblair, via CrossGen Messageboard
    Topic: Any more info on Perez ... ?
    posted 07-15-2002 12:51 PM

    According to sources at Wizrd World Chicago...George's new book should be released shortly after Brath (i.e. 1st Quarter of 2003). It is going to have massive implications in the Crossgen Universe (perfect for George) and the writer is....

    well, I was sworn to secrecy.

     July 8, 2002 | New CrossGen Book
    From Kevin Brown, via Newsarama Messageboard
    posted 07-06-2002 11:32 PM

    I talked to Alessi about what Perez was doing and all he would say is that he's just pencilling the book, playing more to his strengths and getting away from him writing and inking his own stuff. So that definitely excludes Crimson Plague. Alessi couldn't or wouldn't reveal too much as yet about it. So there is a definite project there and ready to go, but awaiting the finish of JLA/Avengers before it's revealed. Apparently there are scripts "in the can" already.

     June 28, 2002 | CrossGen's new Imprint
    From Comics Continuum (I just thought this might be interesting because of the new untitled Pérez title could possibly be published under this new imprint.)
    Friday, June 28, 2002


    CrossGen Comics has launched two entities which will make it easier for creators to see their work published, licensed properties to make the transition into comic book form, and help resurrect other comics which have languished without the support of a publishing house.

    CG Entertainment (CGE) is a publishing entity owned by CrossGen Comics that would publish non-CrossGen Universe comic book projects. Those projects include but are not limited to:

    * Affiliated Creator-Owned comics - Comics created and owned by companies outside of CrossGen.

    * Code 6 Comics - Code 6 Comics is a new imprint under CrossGen created for the purpose of publishing non-CrossGen Universe continuity titles, such as new projects outside of the CrossGen stable of creators who are willing to share ownership of the project with Code 6 Comics.

    [ Read more on Comics Continuum ]

     June 9, 2002 | Alessi Questionnaire
    From Suite 101
    Mark Alessi at MegaCon 2002
    Author: Robert Smithers
    Published on: May 17, 2002


    Audience Question on new comics

    Mark Alessi - "The Path" Prequel is coming out this week. [It is] probably the finest [comic] we have produced. We will over print [Upcoming new comics include] "The Way of the Rat" written by Chuck Dixon and Route 666. There are no intended religious overtones in this [Route 666] horror book. In June of 2003 George Perez will be coming out with a new CrossGen book. [Audience - Is it a Western?] No. It's better. {Audience - Is it pirates?} No, It's better. [Mark - come to think of it, with George, maybe it will be pirates.]

    [ Read more on Suite 101 ]

    (Vu: Please note that in previous articles about the NEW CROSSGEN BOOK, they list the book as being released in February 2003.)

     May 9, 2002 | JLA/Avengers Pushed to 2003
    By George Nelson
    Transcribed by Vu

    When is the long-awaited crossover between The Avengers and The Justice League of America?

    "At home right now," quipped artist George Pérez, who added that he has penciled 85 of JLA/Avengers' 150 total pages counting covers, and had inked 33 pages as of his appearance at the Pittsburgh Comicon in late April.

    "I'm now going at a rate of about a page a day, and I hope to have all the penciling done by September so that, by the time I'm working at CrossGen, all that's left is the inking for the rest of the book," he said.

    Even so, Pérez said he does not expect the first installment of the four-issue mini-series to be released for a year.

    "What is ironic is that my first issue of my monthly CrossGen title may actually come out first, though I won't be starting it until October, just because we want to make sure I am well into the inking stages of the fourth issue before we schedule it," he said, "so the book will come out monthly." Pérez is on a leave of absence from CrossGen to work on the project.

    Two individuals who have seen the pages said they are confident fans will approve of the final product, which is being written by Avengers writer Kurt Busiek.

    [ Read more JLA/Avengers Pushed to 2003 ]

     February 27, 2002 | New CrossGen Titles
    From Cinescape
    New CrossGen Titles
    Dateline: Tuesday, February 26, 2002
    By: ROB ALLSTETTER, Correspondent

    Mark Alessi, owner and publisher of CrossGen Comics, has announced three new titles.

    Brath MacGaren of SIGIL gets his own series, BRATH, in January, “People say they wanted Brath and we listened,” Alessi says.

    A creative team has been chosen, but not officially announced yet.

    After finishing JLA/AVENGERS, George Perez starts a new title in February.

    CARAVAN will be the third Compendia title and will launch in July 2003. It will coincide with CrossGen reaching 15 monthly titles.

     February 24, 2002 | Alessi Talks CrossGen
    From Comics Continuum



    CrossGen's Mark Alessi addressed a panel at MegaCon in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, elaborating on CrossGen's plans, including Comics on the Web, new titles and the company's film/TV aspirations.

    Following is a rundown:


    * George Perez's CrossGen title will start in February 2003. "I know what that book's about, and I'm not going to tell you," Alessi said.

    [ Read more on Comics Continuum ]

     February 24, 2002 | MegaCon: CrossGen Panel
    From Newsarama
    posted 02-23-2002 08:55 PM


    CrossGen Publisher Mark Alessi opened today’s 90-minute CrossGen panel at MegaCon by saying that the discussion was the culmination of three years worth of work. As Alessi outlined in his interview with Newsarama held before the panel, Comics on the Web and the Compendia titles have been part of CrossGen’s overall plan of operation since the first day of business, but it took this long to build up a library to support the new forms of distribution. While much of the discussion reiterated Alessi’s comments from his chat with Newsarama, he did have a few more bits of information to add:


    - George Perez’s series will begin in February of 2003.

    [ Read more on Newsarama ]

     November 15, 2001 | Monthy Pérez Title
    From CrossGen
    November 14, 2001


    Mark Waid will be writing Ruse for at least the next several years, Chuck Dixon will write three titles, while George Pérez has announced he will get back to penciling a monthly book again as soon as he is finished with his JLA/Avengers project.

    Another new title will herald the return of George Pérez to monthly comics. George’s health and vigor is greatly improved, and he has asked to draw a monthly title as soon as he is finished with JLA/Avengers. The title is tentatively scheduled for early 2003 to allow George to tackle all the preliminary designs and get at least several issues ahead of schedule.

    ...Pérez said that he can’t wait to start his new monthly title, and that instead of taking a breather after JLA/Avengers, he intends to dive right into his new title as soon as possible. In fact, George will be doing some of his preliminary work to break up any JLA/Avengers creative fatigue that he realizes will inevitably set in with such a single long-term project.

    “Everyone who has come to CrossGen has taken such incredible chances, but I’ve always had somewhat of a safety net with regard to my career,” Pérez said. “I mean, CrossGen didn’t make me relocate, they had me doing a quarterly and they didn’t make me give up a dream project like JLA/Avengers in order to bring me on staff, so I want to come back after JLA/Avengers full throttle. I want to show my commitment and appreciation for all that CrossGen has done for me. I want to create my own touchstones within the CrossGen Universe and have my own characters to draw, as well. The events of September 11 got me thinking about things like my extended family at CrossGen, and how much they’ve given up to make a bold statement about their lives in this business. I felt very privileged to have a place in that family, but I didn’t feel like I had done as much as everyone else to earn that place, so it’s time for me to show my commitment. When I come back, watch out!”