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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

SOLO #7 - Michael Allred

Continuing DC's line of creator-specific one-shots-within-a-series, SOLO #7 focuses this time on the terrific stories and artwork of Michael Allred (which for some reason makes me think of Al Feldstein's linework). Allred's previous forays into comics include RED ROCKET 7, the wildly fun MADMAN, and a superlative run on Marvel's X-FORCE/X-STATIX, wherein the heroes had feet of clay and were more worried about their publicity and residuals than super-heroicing (new word?). SOLO #7: Michael Allred opens with the delightful story "An Hour With Hourman" in which our hero has to find something to do to burn up all that Miraclo Pill energy... great stuff! This is followed by the romping good "Doom Patrol vs. Teen Titans" wherein a secret party at Wayne Manor gets completely out of hand. The third story "Batman A-GO-GO!" is the real gem of the book, and worth the price of admission all by itself. Told through the lens of the 1960s TV Batman, it's a rather sad story of a time of innocence, of loss, and of doubt. Allred perfectly captures the nostalgia for an era that will never be again... you just can't go home. Two more stories round out the book, "Fourth World Wager", which is a hoot and a half, and "The Adventures of Lee, Mike, and Curtis: Comic Book Clubhouse!", which is an homage to the comic book kid in all of us... All in all, a great package, a great group of stories, and another top-notch issue... well worth a read!


At 10/26/2005 6:56 AM, Blogger MegoSteve said...

Oooooh, I want this!

At 10/26/2005 6:44 PM, Blogger Linnen said...

You know, instead of posting when I have absolutely nothing to say, I think I'll go read this book!

I miss X-Statix!!

At 10/26/2005 7:01 PM, Blogger MegoSteve said...

Wow, Jared's really on the ball, because he even put one aside for me. Yee-haw!

You know, I'd credit Mike Allred's X-Force and X-Statix for getting me interested in comics again. I picked up almost full runs of both titles at the last Comix Connection sale (can't beat $1 each!), and they were just amazing. That Allred sure can draw, and his wife sure can color.

At 10/26/2005 7:13 PM, Blogger Linnen said...

I just saw (in my first issue of Previews) that there is an X-Statix mini-series coming out in a few months! That's unbelievable! I can't wait!

At 10/26/2005 8:03 PM, Blogger MegoSteve said...

New X-Statix? I thought they were all dead. Is Allred doing it?

At 10/26/2005 8:37 PM, Blogger Linnen said...

Mmmm...Here's what it says:

X-Statix Presents: Dead Girl #1 (of 5)
Written by Peter Milligan
Art by Nick Dragotta and Michael Allred

So yeah, he's involved somehow. Should be X-tremely cool!

At 10/27/2005 8:48 PM, Blogger MegoSteve said...

I'll have to add that to my subscription.

I finally read through SOLO #7 and I'd say it was probably the best comic book I read all year.


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