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 WA
Originally published as twelve double-sized issues from 2004 to 2006, DC’s anthology series Solo showcases one artist per issue. The impressive list of contributors includes underground legend Richard Corben, alternative favorite Paul Pope, and pop-art-inspired Mike Allred and Darwyn Cooke. All artists were given a high degree of creative freedom to either play around with the DC cast of characters or come up with their own, unrelated material.
With little competition in the anthology/short story
The premise is simple: take twelve of comics’ top artists and give each of them one issue of a series to do whatever they want. If they wish to bring in a collaborator or two, that’s fine–some opted to work with writers; others were happy to write their own material. The result is a 12 issue, Eisner-winning series that’s quickly becoming a legend. Being an anthology series, the quality varies, but remains generally high. Some artists chose to work with established DC characters. Others took the
I’ll rate this 5 stars for creative amazement but in the end four stars because (let’s face it) most of the short stories were not memorable and some (okay one, in particular) of the artists were not worthy of being included.But I still STRONGLY recommend this book because it was such a delight to be exposed to the unique styles of 12 professional artists. For fun, I’ll rate them from fav to least fav:
1) Darwyn Cooke (I love his art and retro stories SO much)
2) Michael Allred (I have always dug