Solo: The Deluxe Editionby Various
Originally published in 2004, the 12-issue series SOLO gave some of comics' greatest creators the chance to create stories set in the DC Universe and beyond. Each issue featured one artist, including Tim Sale (BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN), Paul Pope (BATMAN YEAR ONE HUNDRED), Darwyn Cooke (DC: THE/b>
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Originally published in 2004, the 12-issue series SOLO gave some of comics' greatest creators the chance to create stories set in the DC Universe and beyond. Each issue featured one artist, including Tim Sale (BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN), Paul Pope (BATMAN YEAR ONE HUNDRED), Darwyn Cooke (DC: THE NEW FRONTIER, BEFORE WATCHMEN: MINUTEMEN) and many others. Stories star Batman, Robin, Superman, The Spectre, The Teen Titans and many others, but also include westerns, war stories, science fiction epics, humor and horror, as well as introspective tales from the creators' own lives.
This oversize hardcover collects a multiple Eisner Award-winning 12-issue series, with each one spotlighting a different artist. All were given free rein to create stories in any genre, using DC characters if they wished. The results include Westerns, crime, horror, humor, autobiography, and bizarre alternative work relying on widely diverse approaches to writing superheroes. Highlights are many and varied, from Sale's romance issue to Howard Chaykin's enjoyable Entertainment Comics (EC)-inspired twist-ending tales to Sergio Aragonés's tragic story of a Japanese sword maker, which shows another side of his usually comedic sensibility. Teddy Kristiansen contributes two deep, affecting psychological studies and a fine Deadman vignette (scripted by Neil Gaiman). Mike Allred follows a superfun Teen Titans romp with a surprisingly dark pop art-era Batman-and-Robin tale. Best is Darwyn Cooke's issue, featuring a 1950s spy caper, the Question's revenge for 9/11, and the wholly odd tale of an aesthete's love for his vacuum cleaner. VERDICT Because this title contains such a wide range of material, every reader will likely find some work that doesn't appeal, but the overall quality is high. Adventurous superhero fans and readers of other comics interested in sampling superheroes will be well rewarded.—S.R.
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Dennis O'Neil is the influential writer of comics including BATMAN, GREEN LANTERN/GREEN ARROW, THE JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA and countless other titles. He is also the author of The DC Comics Guide to Writing for Comics (Watson Guptill).
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