Empowered by a thermonuclear catastrophe, Doctor Solar discovers that he can control energy. Immeasurable strength is his at a whim. Power beyond imagination courses through his body. But he knows that the same kind of science run amok that created him can also empower the wicked. In the aftershock of the cataclysm that created Doctor Solar, ripples throughout space time imbue one Whitmore Pickerel with the power to create life — which he uses to serve his selfish desires and reckless ambitions. His newly created being, Leviathan, invulnerable and immeasurably strong, clashes with the Man of the Atom in a fierce battle that ravages the city. Meanwhile, for his personal amusement, Pickerel creates Glow, a living fantasy of unearthly charms . . . and deadly possibilities!

* Special bonus for this supersized issue: the very first Doctor Solar story from 1962!

* Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom #1 is but the first act in an explosive program that will also see Shooter reimagine Magnus, Robot Fighter and Turok, Son of Stone for the twenty first century!

* Jim Shooter (former Valiant Comics editor in chief) returns to the character he redefined in the 1990s!

Writer: Jim Shooter
Artist: Dennis Calero
Cover Artist: Michael Komarck

Price: $3.50
iFanboy Community Pick of the Week Percentage: 0.2%


  1. I’m checking this out. Not sure what to expect. Shooter can go both ways with me talent-wise. 

  2. @prax: same here, I read the free comic day issue, which was okay, but had a really dated feel. Which just felt odd with that art. but 48 pages for 3.5 is not so bad.

  3. I have a few of these comics from the eighties… I’m definetly checking this one out

  4. I was super pumped for this, but after checking out the preview, I am afraid that the writing is going to be super lame-o.

    "What are you supposed to be, red? Captain Ketchup? Wait, now I see the symbol. You’re the Radioactive Raspberry."

     Seriously?! Give me a break!

     I’m going to maintain high hopes for Turok though, and maybe the first few pages of this issue are not characteristic of the rest.

  5. Another line is "Because you ain’t got no couth!"

  6. This book is, well it is either just bad or just a retro comic. I am not sure yet.

  7. Didn’t really care for this. Can’t say much more than that. I’m still going to check out Magnus, though.

  8. You guys were right on the money. This book was bad, and the writing was dated. And the art didn’t help either. Just a terrible waste of my money. This will probably keep me away from Magnus, even though I loved the 90s stories.

  9. Something about this character grabs me. I shouldn’t like anything about this, but I do despite myself!

  10. I had some inexplicable nostalgia for the old Valiant books, despite only having read a handful of them back in the early 90s, so I was kind of excited for this.  But I was let down, much as everyone else seems to have been, finding it to be just kind of hokey and lame rather than retro and fun.  Oh well.

  11. I had to check this book out because I was a fan of the Valiant stuff.  Was not bad, but hopefully it gets better.  Enjoyed seeing the old Gold Key 1st Solar story reprinted also.

  12. I have to say I don’t think this book is bad. You just need to read it through the eyes of a pre-teen in the 70’s. Sadly for Dark Horse, that was 40 years ago. I kind of get what Shooter was going for but not sure why.

    I hope Dark Horse offers better with Turok.

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