New comic Wednesday Doctor Solar Man of the Atom #1

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I am still the new guy here at watch play read. One of the things that got me excited about working here was the potential to get to review new comics. This week I get to review the first issue of Doctor Solar: Man of the Atom. This issue is the beginning of a reboot of a comic that begin in 1962 and has spanned 31 issues of the last 48 years.

I give you all the information to tell you that this is a comic that has been around a very long time. As with all good comics our hero Doctor Solar, began as a mild-mannered scientist who was transformed by a nuclear explosion and now has the ability to bend matter, space, and time at an atomic level.

It’s pretty cool, and the only real issue I have is that there is almost no time spent explaining the back story. We know about the accident and less than a week later he’s out fighting crime. It mentions a few times that he is slowly learning how to use his powers, but you don’t really see the learning curve. You are just sort of thrown into the middle of the action with no real idea of what’s going on. This becomes really evident when you finish the first issue and realize that the issue also includes the original first issue from way back in 1962. The 1962 first issue includes a ton more back story and more of an idea of what’s going on. I did a little research and found out that in the original run, they didn’t even get into the possibility of him being a superhero until issue #5. It makes me wonder why the people working on this book would choose to go that route. Now that I think about it, I guess most comics out there today do the same thing. Is it because today’s comic book readers have no attention span? It may be true, but I have to be honest, I personally want a little more background.

This is a little bit nit picky I realize, but isn’t that the point of a review? All that being said, I’m definitely interested. The art is great and it’s always interesting to see how the rebirth of a franchise turns out. I am secretly hoping that I get to review issue #2 next month.

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