Solar: Man of the Atom #2

Writer: Frank J. Barbiere Artist: Joe Bennett Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment Release Date: May 21, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 1
7.7Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

In the stunning wake of issue one's shocking climax... Where is Solar? What will massive doses of unstable radiation do to his family? And even if they survive, what horrors are lurking in the stars? It's cosmic-fueled fantasy from the hit team of franK Barbiere (Five Ghosts) and Joe Bennett (Iron Man)!

  • 10
    AIPT - David Brooke May 21, 2014

    This is a very good comic that grabs you by the balls from page one and doesn't let go. You grow to love then adore the protagonist and by book's end if you aren't interested in where she's going next, well, you're probably incapable of feeling. Officially my second favorite comic on the stands. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes May 31, 2014

    I loved the focus on Erica and her reactions to a potentially new world. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge May 21, 2014

    Similar to the first issue, I really like the pacing of it her with the story and the dialogue but also the panel layouts and the smoothness of it all. There's not as many backgrounds or locales to work with so it's a little more workaday, but there's a lot of fun once things get weird and we see what Joe Bennett can bring to the table. With Barbiere's writing, I'm definitely liking it but I'm disliking the approach of the swearing. Either say it outright or choose other words since for older readers it just feels too cheesy while younger readers likely already know it if they're even buying comic books. So just substitute for other words or be frank rather than straddling the line here and looking awkward. But that's the only real complaint I have here as Solar: Man of the Atom offers up more intrigue and potential for this classic Gold Key character that deserves to be a big part of any comics lineup. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson May 21, 2014

    "Solar: Man of the Atom" #2 is what truly defines this series as a character-driven comic, and under Barbiere and Bennett it stands out as one of the better reinventions of this touch-and-go character. Solar himself has yet to be rigorously explored, but that's just something that makes this comic even more enticing to readers. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Carl Boehm May 22, 2014

    The female with the cosmic power can be a great plot device. With so many possibilities there, this could turn out to be a great story. Issue two presented a unique perspective, and I only wonder if it will continue on this path. Let's hope it doesn't devolve back into the clich feel captured in issue 1. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore May 23, 2014

    This issue, to a degree, lays out the mission statement of the series without being clunky about it, and gives plenty of reason to continue on with the series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Todd Frazier May 20, 2014

    While the first issue of Solar: Man of the Atom focused on Dr. Seleskis cosmic equations, this issue shifts to a father-daughter equation. Not many books on the market are tapping into the tensions and issues in the family dynamic. The foundations laid this issue gives the title promise of what might be a unique and interest read. The decision to take the book in this direction pays off and makes it an interesting and unique read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Gary Kane May 20, 2014

    Now that his family and core supporting cast have been interestingly established, Solar has one or two more feathers in his cap. Now I want to see where the story goes with him and how he will interact with his family. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    TheCultDen - Jamie Tidy Jun 21, 2014

    To wrap up then, I enjoyed this one more than the first issue but I guess that's down to the grunt work it had to do to set up its stall going forward. Which thanks to Erica I will be reading; I just hope the rest of the world is quickly brought up to the bench mark she's currently setting. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin May 20, 2014

    Solar: Man of the Atom drops slightly in quality with it's lagging pace being disappointing. It still however has some excitement and overall gets a recommendation from me. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell May 21, 2014

    Solar Man of the Atom has an amazing opening, but it settles back in to a standard issue after that. Barbiere has an interesting take on Solar, so it will be worth sticking around for a while just to see where things are going. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose May 21, 2014

    Solar: Man of the Atom isn't a slam-dunk comic just yet - and that's been this character's problem with each subsequent relaunch. There has to be something good about him that we can pick up on immediately, and so Frank Barbiere's slower pacing doesn't quite do this book any favors. But if you're patient, you might find something worth latching onto - namely, a spunky protagonist who is just as foreign to this world of physics equations and derring-do as we are. We can already see Solar changing for the better from even its first issue - maybe by the third installment, Barbiere and Bennett will crack the formula and make this comic a must-read series. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson May 24, 2014

    Although I'm not as psyched about this book's relaunch as I was for the return of Magnus (and, to be honest, the Valiant properties that I naturally equate with this book, such as Harbinger and Archer & Armstrong from new-school Valiant.) I like the use of Erica in this issue, especially if the plan is to have her be the protagonist, but I'm worried about the fact that the previous Erica in Solar's back story is the villainous Mothergod, who had quite a few missteps (in my opinion) in her story. Still, taking the big picture, Solar: Man Of The Atom #2 does entertain, and while the art is inconsistent and the story meanders a bit, it's still a strong enough second issue to make me want to come back next time, earning 3 out of 5 stars overall. Even if we fall into the old ploy of battling siblings on opposite sides, the idea of Erica as Solar (albeit not a MAN Of The Atom) is one that I kind of want to read more about… Read Full Review

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