9:13am PT by Graeme McMillan
Man of Action's 'Solstice' Returns With New Cover, New Colors (Exclusive Art)
The shortest day of the year may still be months away, but Solstice arrives in comic book stores next week, as the critically acclaimed graphic novel of that title by Man of Action's Steven T. Seagle and artist Moritat receives a deluxe reissue from Image Comics.
Originally released in 2005 by independent publisher Active Images, Solstice is the story of Hugh Waterhouse, the son of a dying millionaire who has spent years trying to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. The problem is, most people who go searching for it end up dead — for reasons that Hugh will learn for himself.
The new oversized hardcover edition of the book not only gives the story color for the first time, courtesy of Brad Simpson, but it has also been entirely re-lettered by Thomas Mauer.
"The addition of color to this work, as well as the much larger size of the edition, and the space that allowed for roomier placement of the new lettering serve to show off the brilliant visual storytelling of artist Moritat as well as crystallize the whiplash narrative structure," writer Seagle tells Heat Vision.
Solstice's re-release comes via the Man of Action imprint at Image, named for the studio that Seagle formed alongside artist Duncan Rouleau and writers Joe Casey and Joe Kelly. At Man of Action, the four have created Cartoon Network's Ben 10 and Generator Rex, and served as executive producers and writers for Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man and Avengers Assemble animated series on Disney XD. Man of Action was also responsible for the creation of Big Hero 6, which was later turned into the Academy Award-winning Disney movie.
Seagle says that Solstice "distills my love of the rough and tumble kind of adventure movies I loved back in the 1970s — damaged characters with difficult relationships in dangerous settings on an impossible quest," adding that the relationship between Hugh and his father in the book "is equal parts 'no greater love' and The Great Santini."
The reissued Solstice arrives in comic-book stores and digital outlets Oct. 5, and in bookstores Oct. 11. View the cover for the new edition, making its exclusive debut below: