After 30 years as a supporting character, Marvel's Solo is getting his first solo series as part of "Marvel NOW!". Marvel's plans for Solo were teased in the "Divided We Stand" graphic, and news of his title leaked on Monday, and now the publisher has released more information as part of the first interview with series writers Gerry Duggan and Geoffrey Thorne, who are working on the book with artist Paco Diaz.
"At its core, this book is going to be a spy comic with action, adventure and maybe some romance if you're lucky," Duggan told ComicVine. "So we'll be all over the map - literally."
"The focus will be all Solo, all the time, making this book 78% to 99% more about Solo than any other book," Thorne added. "And he will finally get his character developed."
Originally created by David Micheline and Marc Silvestri in 1986's Web of Spider-Man #19, Solo gained a new level of popularity after being included in the current Deadpool series written by Duggan before spinning off as part of Deadpool & Mercs for Money, written by Cullen Bunn.
"Space was at a premium for me in Deadpool. Cullen got some more elbow room, but Geoff and I will make Mr. Bourne the soul focus of this book," said Duggan. "He's got a tragic past, and a murky future. He snags a very important gig in the first issue."
As Duggan brings up, Solo's real name is James Bourne - presumably a combo of James Bond and Jason Bourne, two of the film world's top superspy characters, both of whom predate Solo, with Bond debuting in novels in 1953, and Jason Bourne's own novels debuting in 1980.
But one thing that will set Solo apart from those, even with the tagline "The One-Man War on Terror," is humor, according to Thorne.
"Humor. Yes. That's the plan, It's the part of the plan I'm telling you," " said the co-writer. "There are many other parts of the plan and they are classified."