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Exclusive: Gerry Duggan & Geoffrey Thorne Talk New SOLO Series at Marvel

Find out what James Bourne, a.k.a. Solo, is up to next.

James Bourne, a.k.a. Solo, is stepping out of the recent Mercs for Money spotlight and into his own solo series. Gerry Duggan and Geoffrey Thorne are ready to take the "“One Man War on Terror” out on his own with Paco Diaz handling the art. Here's the official solicit:

The “One Man War on Terror” will get the job done! That’s right — James Bourne, A.K.A. Solo, is on his own, right where he belongs! Deadly alien weapons are making their way into the hands of ordinary thugs – and Solo is going undercover to locate the source. Things are heating up, and Solo might just wish he had some backup! Deadpool was just the beginning. You haven’t seen anything till you’ve met Solo!

We talked to Duggan and Thorne to find out more.

Art by Paco Diaz.
Art by Paco Diaz.

Comic Vine: What will be the focus of the series? How will Solo compare to how we've recently seen him in Deadpool & the Mercs for Money and Deadpool?

Geoffrey Thorne: The focus will be all SOLO, all the time, making this book 78% to 99% more about SOLO than any other book. And he will finally get his character developed.

Gerry Duggan: Space was at a premium for me in Deadpool. Cullen [Bunn] got some more elbow room, but Geoff and I will make Mr. Bourne the soul focus of this book. He's got a tragic past, and a murky future. He snags a very important gig in the first issue.

Will there be any humorous moments to go with all the butt-kicking moments?

Thorne: Humor. Yes. That's the plan. It's the part of the plan I'm telling you. There are many other parts of the plan and they are classified.

Duggan: What is this humor you speak of? Is it related to feeling of love? There is so much I have yet to experience.

The solicit also mentions, "Things are heating up." Will Solo be forced to wear his costume all the time or be able to wear shorts if things heat up too much?

Thorne: SOLO will wear the appropriate garments as much as is possible. When it's not possible, he will wear the inappropriate ones.

Duggan: Hawthorne did a nice job redesigning him, so I say we go with that uniform. But it would also look good strewn across a hotel room floor.

Where will Solo's adventures take him? Will we see familiar places? New vacation spots in the Marvel U?

Thorne: SOLO will go where SOLO is needed. Do not try to restrict SOLO's movements. He has a teleporter.

Duggan: At its core, this book is going to be a spy comic with action, adventure and maybe some romance if you're lucky. So we'll be all over the map - literally.

What sort of threats will Solo take on? Any familiar villains or troublemakers? Have I mentioned I really dig Taskmaster? He always makes things fun. He is the master of tasks, after all.

Thorne: SOLO's missions are mostly classified. Sorry. We can neither confirm nor deny the appearance or the existence of this "Taskmaster" you keep talking about. And stop saying Taskmaster all the time. It's creepy.

Duggan: Taskmaster is great, really anybody could be Taskmaster. You could be Taskmaster for all I know.

Will we see Solo's wife and kid? Hopefully they won't be in the places where things heat up (unless they're at the beach).

Thorne: We will see SOLO's family. They aren't what you think.

Duggan: We don't know too much about Solo's ex, but Geoff cooked up a great shared history for the her and Solo and I'm not sure we want to spoil it.

What about Deadpool? Will he mind that Solo is trying to get the spotlight for himself?

Thorne: What Deadpool minds or does not mind is none of my business.

Duggan: Deadpool has written Solo, and all the mercs off. It was a noble but failed experiment and like so many of Deadpool's relationships - ultimately a bust.

The book will have a parental advisory, naturally, and a $3.99 price tag. Be sure to look for it in October.