Lexa was once the hero Elysium, but not she is just the overprotective single mother of Harper. Check out their adventures in Soltaic #1 by Scout Comics!
Writer: Chris Williams
Artist: Chris Williams
Letterer: DC Hopkins
Editor: Andrea Lorenzo Molinari
Publisher: Scout Comics
Cover Price: $1.99
Release Date: March 9th, 2022
Previously in Soltaic: Elysium has the extraordinary ability to turn her skin into diamonds. With that, she became a resistant woman. But that life has passed, and now she is just trying to keep her daughter safe. Come see this new series from Scout Imprint NON-STOP!
BACK TO THE HEROIC LIFE
Soltaic #1 introduces us to Elysium and Void, who are trying to save many people from a burning building. Elysium holds sections of the building up with her diamond body while Void creates portals. After everyone is saved, Elysium hears the voice of another extraordinary person, a little girl named Rain. Rain burns everything she touches, but because of the diamond form, Elysium leads her to safety.
In the present day, Lexa takes her daughter Harper to school. Lexa has long put up her alter-ego of Elysium behind. However, after dropping off her daughter, Lexa encounters an Extraordinary with the ability to jump. This kid reveals that she is being chased. Lexa immediately sends them off because she doesn’t want anything to do with the risk of helping a powered individual. But she has a flashback about how she once protected Rain and decides to follow her. Donning diamond hands, she prepares to fight this jumping kid’s enemies.
LOTS OF POTENTIAL
What I first noticed about this book was how beautiful the art is. After I saw the colored cover of this story, I was surprised Soltaic #1 was a black and white comic. There is something special about how Chris Williams could create so much depth and emotion on the page by his use of shading. Every page was a masterpiece to look at and is worth picking up just to stare at.
The plot itself is relatively straightforward. We see a mother trying to keep her kid safe because she knows how dangerous the world can be. This reached out to me as a father. While my kids are much younger than teenage Harper, I can relate to keeping them safe. That overprotective nature is almost second nature, and I have to fight it constantly. So, watching Lexa deal with that same tendency was cool to see on the page. Hopefully, we will see more of Harper and whatever her deal is and explore mother and daughter’s relationship more.
BOTTOM LINE: SOLID NEW SERIES
I was pleasantly surprised about how strong Soltaic #1 is. This is a solid comic that I will be picking up every new issue they come out with. While the plot is straightforward, the way it is presented is well thought out and masterfully done. This is a solid 4.5 out of 5 for Soltaic #1.
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Soltaic #1 shows us a great new series that explores the relationship between an overprotective mother and her daughter.