Solar: Man Of The Atom Series By Frank Barbiere And Joe Bennett

Solar: Man Of The Atom is coming back to comic book shops this April. The new Dynamite Entertainment series is written by Frank Barbiere (Five Ghosts) and illustrated by Joe Bennett (Iron Man). This is the third Gold Key title being relaunched by Dynamite with Turok: Dinosaur Hunter and Magnus: Robot Fighter set for earlier releases. The subtitless Doctor Spektor is yet to be scheduled.

In Solar: Man of the Atom, brilliant scientist Dr. Phil Seleski is granted unbelievable powers after being flooded with an experimental radiation.  Driven to unlock the secrets of the universe, he begrudgingly becomes a hero along the way… but can a single man be trusted with near-limitless abilities?  What will this mean to those he loves… and will his choices lead to utter chaos and destruction?

"In our take, we've focused on the theme of family," says writer Frank Barbiere.  "We've got a character that suddenly becomes a being of extreme power, is thrust into a universal community, and adopts the mantle of a hero.  At the core is still a man, a human being who is not unlike us.  Making this a personal story about how that affects his life and family has really brought it to some exciting new places.  Solar's all-new cast of characters will feel the reverberations of his every action – and not everyone is going to survive the fallout!"

"This is a brand new Solar: Man of the Atom," says Barbiere.  "We'll have all the wonderful sci-fi action and excitement that the original is known for, yet apply those classic elements in a new direction that will feel fresh and new, introducing the character to a whole new generation of readers.  We think they're going to love it!"

Solar: Man of the Atom #1 will feature  a main cover by Juan Doe (Fantastic FourDeadpool)  and a Subscription-Only Variant Cover by industry legend and classic Solar artist Bob Layton. Additional cover artwork by Garry Brown (Five Ghosts), Stephen Mooney (Spike, Angel), and Ken Haeser (The Living Corpse) will be featured on special Retailer Incentive Original Art Covers, rewarded to and available from select retailers that meet certain ordering thresholds through Diamond Comic Distributors.

In addition to the Retailer Incentive Original Art Covers, Dynamite Entertainment is offering other special rewards and opportunities for retailers to support the Solar: Man of the Atom launch in a big way:

• Any orders of the Solar: Man of the Atom #1 Main Cover (Diamond Item Code FEB141125) and Subscription-Only Cover (FEB141126) will be fully returnable.

• Artist Roberto Castro (Lords of Mars, Spider-Man Vs. Vampires) has created a Retailer Exclusive Variant Cover, available for retailers to order through Diamond Comics (Item Code FEB141128).  Numerous retailers can share the Castro artwork, but have personalized store names built into the front cover.

• Dynamite also invites retailers to contact their Marketing Manager, Keith Davidsen (, 856-312-1040 x114) if they would like to create unique Solar: Man of the Atom #1 Retailer Exclusive Variant Covers featuring artwork not available anywhere else.

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Solar: Man of the Atom #1 #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' February Previews catalog, slated for release on April 16, 2014.  The Gold Key releases of Turok, Magnus, and Solar will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.

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Dan WicklineAbout Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.
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