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SOLUS #3 (Jun 2003) CrossGen Comics

cover:  George Perez
Rick Magyar
Date: Jun 2003
Cover Price: $2.99
Publisher: CrossGen Comics

On sale: May 21st, 2003.
Supposed to have been reprinted in VECTOR #16 (Errata).
Guest-starring Brath Mac Garen, from the pages of Brath.
Cover loosely based on BRATH PREQUEL (Feb 03) and BRATH #1 (Mar 03)

Long ago there was a girl who wouldn't let anyone tell her what to do. Now that she has power beyond her wildest imagination, she doesn't know what to do, but when she sees a man with something she considers hers, it'll take more than a tribe of barbarians to keep her from taking it back!

Reprinted in SOLUS #2 (Germany) (Oct 2005)
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    "Untitled" (23 pages)
    writer:  Barbara Kesel
    art:  George Perez
    Rick Magyar
    colors:  Larry Molinar
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     January 23, 2004 | Entire Perez's Solus on COW
    From Vu

    SOLUS #1
    SOLUS #1 (Apr 2003)
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    SOLUS #2
    SOLUS #2 (May 2003)
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    SOLUS #3 SOLUS #3 (Jun 2003)
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    SOLUS #4 SOLUS #4 (Jul 2003)
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    SOLUS #6 SOLUS #6 (Oct 2003)
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    SOLUS #7 SOLUS #7 (Nov 2003)
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    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

    CrossGen Comics
    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)
    CrossGen Comics
    SOLUS #2
    SOLUS #2 (May 2003)
    CrossGen Comics
    SOLUS #3 SOLUS #3 (Jun 2003)
    CrossGen Comics
    SOLUS #4 SOLUS #4 (Jul 2003)
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    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.)

     May 24, 2003 | Solus #3 Review at BrokenFrontier
    From Broken Frontier, thanks to Rancor

    Solus #3 Review
    May 22, 2003
    written by Justin P. McDowell


    For the last two months, I’ve been revved up over a new book: CrossGen’s latest offering, Solus. This month, Andra Radiant visits the world of Brath MacGaren, as evidenced by the cover’s Gaelic homage. Her interactions with Brath leave a mark surly impacting his title in one of the most interesting ways. Of course, I’m not here to talk about Brath.

    Solus is a beautiful book with pencils by fan-favorite George Pérez. He churns out that which he does best and he does it so much better than all the rest. His characters and motions are always crisp so that, even if the speech balloons were deleted, one could figure out the contents and contexts of each panel by themselves.

     May 21, 2003 | Solus #3 Review at ZENt
    From ZENtertainment, thanks to Bill Rosemann

    Added: May 20th 2003
    Reviewed by Sean McGurr


    The main draw of the book is George Perez's wonderful artwork. He is truly a master of layouts and beautifully rendered pages. Barbara Kesel's script gives Perez the opportunity to draw some great battles, lush landscapes, and diverse characters. As always, it is Perez's cosmic sequences that caught my eye. The imagery of the dog running across space is a lasting one.

    The rest of this book is well worth reading as well. Kesel has created some strong, interesting characters. The two females, Andra and Lindy, are quite different in their demeanor and language and it is this diversity that will make their relationship fun to follow. However, the standout characterization is of Brath, who one hopes will continue to be a part of this book. Within four pages, Kesel tells Brath's story with enough pathos that their is an immediate connection for the reader. Pick it up for Perez's pencils, but stick around for the smartly-told story.

     May 20, 2003 | Solus #3 Sneak Peeks
    From Comic Fanatic, thanks to Bill Rosemann

    The Fan Man Pops Open A Six Pack Of CrossGen Sneak Peeks!
    Posted on May 14, 2003 - 04:46 AM by Admin


    5. Solus #3 (on sale May 21, 2003) - CrossGen’s latest blockbuster is also one of the best looking and most exciting books on the market! Fans of big comic universe wide epics like DC’s Crisis or Marvel’s Infinity miniseries will love Solus, written by Barbara Kesel and illustrated by the great George Perez!

    Solusandra, or Andra for short, has had her power scattered to many worlds. Now, Andra only knows that she has to go to the Sigil-Bearers and take from each one of them her symbol to regain her missing memories that each holds! So we have a goddess wreaking havoc throughout the entire CrossGen Universe! Next stop: the world of Brath!

    Andra arrives in time to prevent a plot to kill Brath. Meanwhile, Brath is having dreams about a beast that will soon face him and take away his wife, child and his entire clan before killing Brath himself! When Brath awakens, he decides the only way to save his family and clan is to leave them and face the beast alone. And let’s just say that everything changes for Brath after this decision!

     May 20, 2003 | Solus #3 Review at 4th Rail
    From The Fourth Rail, thanks to Rolling Stone

    by Don MacPherson

    Neutral (4/10)


    Well, the good news is that George Perez's artwork is a bit clearer here than it was in the first issue. The bad news is that this story crosses over into another CrossGen Comics title, and I'm perplexed as to why the events of both books have become so intermingled. It's bound to be confusing for those who read only one of the two books -- it certainly was for me. Furthermore, while the core plot -- Andra Radiant's quest for lost pieces of her power -- is apparent, Lindy's role and that of the gameworld from which she hails are perplexing elements that conflict with the more natural overtones of the other scenes.

     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 16, 2003 | Solus-Brath Crossover
    From 411 Mania

    Brath #3 Review
    Posted on 05.05.03
    Reviewer: Mike "Skitch" Maillaro


    Brath issue 3 seems to be connected with Solus issue 3. Solus's cover clearly shows that Solus has come to Brath's world, and in Brath issue 3, he awakens to find his sigil has been taken away just when he needs it's power the most. A very surprising turn of events, and I am very curious to see where this is going. The mystery of what this means to Brath, and the rest of these sigil-bearers, is right now the heart of the CrossGen universe.

    Final Score: 8.0

     May 15, 2003 | Solus #3 Sneak Preview
    From Bill Rosemann


    Lynchpin Title Continues To Rock The Heroes Of CrossGen!

    The gang at CrossGen loves surprising readers. We also hate spoilers that ruin the shocks we plan, so I'm going to be extra careful here. Let's just say that SOLUS #3 -- delivered by the team of writer Barbara Kesel, penciler George Pérez, inker Rick Magyar and colorist Larry Molinar -- will be of great interest to those who feel strongly (either positively or negatively) about sigils! Check it out on May 21st and you'll see that nothing -- and no one -- is untouchable in the CrossGen Universe!

    (Vu: The press release also came with four preview pages - which were already available previously here: May 3, 2003 | Solus #3 Preview)

     May 12, 2003 | Solus #3 Shipping May 21
    From Diamond Comics

    Shipping Next Week: May 21

    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.

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     May 4, 2003 | FCBD Advertisment
    From Vu

    This appeared in the WAY OF THE RAT #1 (Free Comic Book Day Edition). Just thought maybe it was cool that non-SOLUS collecting fans might see this as a result of the free comic book.

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  •  May 3, 2003 | Solus #3 Preview
    From Pop Culture Shock, thanks to Al-Birquq

    PCS PREVIEW: Solus #3
    Release: 2003-05-21

    Long ago there was a girl who wouldn’t let anyone tell her what to do. Now that she has power beyond her wildest imagination, she doesn’t know what to do, but when she sees a man with something she considers hers, it’ll take more than a tribe of barbarians to keep her from taking it back!

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  •  May 3, 2003 | Solus #3 Advert
    From Vu

    So, what's up with those "Perez Gone Wild" advertisements ? Can't you just picture George drawing and then suddenly lifts his shirt and says, "Whoooh!" ?

    As published in WIZARD: THE COMICS MAGAZINE #141.
     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.

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     April 9, 2003 | Suite 101 Comic Section
    From Suite 101

    Panel Sessions at MegaCon 2003
    Author: Robert Smithers
    Published on: April 2, 2003


    Here’s the some additional details for panels sessions and comic creators for MegaCon 2003 that took place February 28 through March 2, 2003 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida

    It looks like the JLA/Avengers Crossover will be out the fourth quarter of 2003. (Reported last week George Perez is finishing up the fourth and final issue of the miniseries). You can check the progress of this book at George’s website at

    SOLUS #3 SOLUS #3 (Jun 2003)
    CrossGen Comics
    More Online Comics, Geroge Perez Update, MegaCon is Coming!
    Author: Robert Smithers
    Published on: February 14, 2003

    What do you do when you're comic book art is a legend, but you are still in the prime years of production? Get someone else to manage your website at As announced two years ago at MagaCon Orlando, George is still working on his Avengers/Justice League cross over story. It will be 4 issues and George, as a labor of love, is penciling and inking every page of every issue. I suppose the moral of the story is that love cannot be rushed. Another moral could be to be careful what you wish for it might come true.

    On the website the editor says that George says he has finished penciling three issues and has laid out issue #4 and is inking the third issue. George is also working on his second issue of 2 of Solus for CrossGen. Solus debuts next month. Here's a picture of the cover of the third issue of Solus by George Perez with inks by Rick Magyar and colors by Larry Molinar.

     March 2, 2003 | Pérez Gone Wild
    From Vu

    I am assuming that this solicitation of SOLUS #3 is a parody of the popular "Girls Gone Wild" videos.

  • Solicitation of SOLUS #3, appearing in PREVIEWS vol 8, #3 (Mar 03)
  •  February 20, 2003 | Solus #3 Info
    From Francisco, via CG Forums

    Topic: Solus #3
    posted 02-20-2003 12:25 PM

    SOLUS #3
    Written by Barbara Kesel, art by George Pérez & Rick Magyar, colors by Larry Molinar

    Long ago there was a girl who wouldn't let anyone tell her what to do. Now that she has power beyond her wildest imagination, she doesn't know what to do, but when she sees a man with something she considers hers, it'll take more than a tribe of barbarians to keep her from taking it back!

    32 pages full color, on sale May 21 … $2.95

     January 25, 2003 | Site Update
    [ Homages ] Added
  • BRATH PREQUEL (Feb 03), Cover art by Andrea Di Vito/Brad Vancata
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     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 ]

     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.