Solus #3 Annotations
Cover: The cover reflects the style of the first five issues of the
ongoing "Brath" series, whose world Andra visits this issue.
Page 1, panel 7: Wotan is the Norse God of War and Death, Poetry and
Wisdom. More commonly referred to as Odin. Interesting to
use an actual god's name.
Page 2, panel 1: The elephants were brought to this world in the pages
of Brath #2.
Page 3, panel 1: Andra's second speech bubble is coloured much the same
way that the Mentors' bubbles are when they influence others, and is
called a few panels later "mindspeak" or more commonly, telepathy.
Panel 9: Is Andra being the "living image of
Badwuhenna" coincidence, just something the warrior says, or is there an
actual connection between her and Andra?
Page 4: If one looks carefully, you can see the cross/star design of
the circlet on the pommel of Andra's sword. This is easier to see
at later points in the story.
Page 6, panel 2: Andra is protective of her charges.
Panel 4: Just what does Andra know, and not
know? It seems very spotty and erratic.
Page 8, panel 2: Brath MacGaren, a Sigil-Bearer, and leader of Clan
MacGaren. His Sigil grants him the ability to strategise and
forsee the plans of his enemies in his dreams, shown to him by an
Page 9, panel 2: A dream representation of the Hound.
Panel 3: The stag is unconcerned, because the Stag
and the Hound are both aspects of Danik, the Stag being Brath's Mentor.
Page 12: Meanwhile, back on Solus...
Page 14, panel 2: The Hound, once again able to sense Andra elsewhere,
goes off in search of her.
Page 15, panel 5: Yala is one of the First, a goddess of war.
Page 17, panel 4: Andra discards the Circlet-sword. Does this
have something to do with the Hound coming to visit?
Panel 7: While Brath's Sigil may grant him visions
of what's to come, and understanding, his interpretations are sometimes
off. Andra did indeed require a sacrifice of him, but not his life.
Pages 18-19, panel 1: Danik, again, still confused.
Panel 3: The dark-haired woman is Capricia,
currently in Crux and Sigil, an old aquaintance of Danik's, and
Solusandra's, from before the time when the Atlanteans
transitioned. This memory is going way back, more than 10,000
years, from CrossGen's present.
Panel 4: Solusandra desires to learn and master more
than one of the five disciplines of her people. This could be what
makes her different from the other Atlanteans who transitioned.
According to Crux #1, these are the five disciplines:
MIND: Domain of telepaths and telekinetics.
BODY: Those anxious to redefine the limits of flesh
SPIRIT: Dominion of the seers and psychics.
PASSION: Characteristic of those who manifest their
EMPATHY: Province of those few [like Capricia] the
Panel 7: It seems Solusandra has always had trouble
going along with the flow.
Panel 8: Interesting choice of the word Mentor,
considering it's importance in the grand scheme. Who did Andra
choose? Danik, possibly?
Page 20, panel 9: Andra returns to Solus, and Brath returns to his
family, where he will wake from a dream at the end of issue three of his
own series, in which Andra takes his Sigil from him, his true memories
of the experience faded.
Page 21: Andra returns to Solus, and once again, Danik loses track of
her. Although, I think it's possible his, "Gone again," refers to
Andra's disappearing from Brath's planet, rather than gone completely
from his senses, just that she keeps hopping all over the universe, one
step ahead of the Hound. Fortunately, for if Andra had not found
Brah quickly, had he not gone out to her, the Hound would have arrived
on his world, and his dream would have come to pass.
Page 22, panel 4: Andra's home resembles, fittingly, the architecture
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