One particular item in DC’s solicitations stirred some mixed emotions in me:
SOLOMON GRUNDY #1
Written by Scott Kolins
Art and cover by Scott Kolins
Born on a Monday! Writer/artist Scott Kolins (THE FLASH, FACES OF EVIL: SOLOMON GRUNDY) brings you the origin behind one of the most mysterious figures in DC comics! Smashing out of the pages of his “Faces of Evil” one-shot, Solomon Grundy teams with Cyrus Gold – the man he once was before becoming a monster – to uncover the truth behind the Grundy curse! But how can he team with Cyrus Gold? How was Solomon Grundy created? And can Cyrus ever be set free? There are seven issues for each day of the nursery rhyme that haunts the longtime DC favorite, and by Sunday, could this be the end of Solomon Grundy?
On sale March 4 • 1 of 7 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
My internal dialogue went something like this:
THING 1: Solomon Grundy? Who wants to read about Solomon Grundy?
THING 2: It’s Scott Kollins. Make no mistake, the man can draw.
THING 1: But can he write? And this sucker is seven issues long. That’s twenty-one bucks… in a recession, no less.
THING 2: It’s seven issues because there’s an issue for every day of the rhyme. Solomon Grundy, born on a Monday…”
THING 1: Couldn’t it be just a chapter for every day of the rhyme? Aren’t they soaking us a little bit here?
THING 2: Do you really want to see Kollins’ art compressed to squeeze a week into three issues? Shouldn’t it have room to breathe?
THING 1: Shouldn’t it be on a more interesting character than Solomon Grundy?
THING 2: Hey, stories on the fringes of the DCU are often better than the ones front-and-center. And James Robinson really remade the character back in Starman. Grundy was a tragic figure, reborn again and again with a new personality.
THING 1: Yeah, but that was over ten years ago…and even then, no one gave him his own book. And besides, if the comic follows the rhyme, don’t we already know the story? And wasn’t it already told in, like… seven lines?
THING 2: Ten lines, technically.
THING 1: Now you’re splitting hairs.
Anyway, Thing 1 and Thing 2 will never agree. But what do you think about the upcoming Solomon Grundy miniseries?