| March 26, 2003 | Solus #1 Review
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
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.
From Pop Culture Shock, thanks to Kathryn Lisic
| March 6, 2003 | PCS Preview of Solus #1
Available: Wednesday! (03/12) (?)
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
From Broken Frontier
| March 4, 2003 | Solus Preview Pages
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
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
Solus #1 page 12
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.
January 24, 2003 | Scripting Solus: Kesel Interview at Pulse
SCRIPTING SOLUS: TALKING WITH BARBARA KESEL
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.
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?
KESEL: 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?
KESEL: The word Solus? Solus represents what Andra leaves behind
as she ventures off in search of herself. Andra Radiant is who she
THE PULSE: Who is Andra Radiant?
KESEL: 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
KESEL: No, Andra is not one of the First. And there are no residents of Solus. Yet.
THE PULSE: Does Andra have a Sigil?
KESEL: 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?
KESEL: 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 ]
From Wizard Universe
January 20, 2003 | Anticipated Items: Solus #1
WIZARD MARKET REPORT
Comic news from the front line
Friday, January 10
By Karl Cramer
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 14, 2003 | Solus Preview
Before I begin, let me say: very, very special thanks to Jeff Prentiss over at www.outpost2000.com. 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.
Cover to SOLUS #1
Cover to SOLUS #2
Pinup, see also ANDRA RADIANT PINUP
Rick Magyar (1-15 for preview)
Larry Molinar (colors reproduced in black and white)