Solo (Marvel Comics)

Solo (James Bourne) is a fictional character, appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceWeb of Spider-Man #19 (October 1986)
Created byDavid Michelinie
Marc Silvestri
In-story information
Alter egoJames Bourne
Team affiliationsSix Pack
Omega Strike
Heroes for Hire
Mercs for Money
AbilitiesMaster hand to hand combatant
Expert marksman
Gifted intellect
Limited teleportation
Wears a bullet-proof quilted Kevlar armor
Use of conventional weapons and firearms

Publication historyEdit

Solo first appeared in Web of Spider-Man #19 (October 1986). He was created by writer David Michelinie and artist Marc Silvestri.

Solo has had his own self-titled 4-issue limited series in 1994, which guest-starred Spider-Man.

After appearing in Deadpool and the Mercs for Money, he was given a second 5-issue limited series in 2016.

Fictional character biographyEdit

Born in the USA but having renounced his citizenship to any country, Solo works as a counter-terrorism operative, and makes limited appearances in the Marvel Comics universe. He is known for his catchphrase, "While Solo lives, terror dies!"

In his first appearance, Solo teleported inside a foreign embassy in West Germany and killed all the terrorists inside.[1] He next foiled ULTIMATUM's plot to destroy the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.[2] He also shot ULTIMATUM terrorists who were trying to destroy Ellis Island, and then joined forces with Spider-Man to capture ULTIMATUM's commanding officer.[3] Outside Barcelona, Spain, Solo assassinated Toro Mendoza, leader of the Cascan separatists.[4]

When the Sinister Six reform and defeat both Spider-Man and the Hulk, Solo aids the web-slinger in his second fight against the super villain team. Things take a turn for the worse when Mysterio uses an illusion to make Solo believe he is attacking the Six, when in reality he is attacking Spider-Man while the Six escape.[5] Solo escapes and Spider-Man is rescued by Cyborg X and Deathlok.[volume & issue needed] Soon after, Solo rejoins Spider-Man to aid him in a final assault on the Six aided by the Hulk, Ghost Rider, Sleepwalker, Nova, Deathlok and the Fantastic Four. With the villains defeated, Solo disappears.[volume & issue needed]

Solo later fought La Tarantula.[6] He defeated a Sicilian crime syndicate,[7] and then joined forces with Spider-Man against the agents of the Taskmaster and the Red Skull.[8] A rematch with La Tarantula ended with each combatant wrongly believing he had killed the other.[9] Solo then joined forces with Black Cat against the terrorist organization called ARES, and stopped their money laundering operation. He encountered their leader Deathstorm who revealed he had ties with Solo's past.[10] Solo later joined forces with Nick Fury against the Viper.[11]

Solo also once helped Spider-Man take on criminally-trained specialist versions of Captain America, Hawkeye, and Spider-Man himself.[12]

Later, Solo assists dozens of other heroes in battling a seemingly rampaging Wolverine (he was being mentally influenced). He confronts Wolverine, side-by-side with Cardiac. Solo is swiftly defeated, suffering deep lacerations in the process. Cardiac is subdued by falling masonry.[13]

Solo is hired by G. W. Bridge to join the new Six Pack alongside Hammer, Domino, Anaconda, and Constrictor in their mission to take down Cable. Like Bridge and Hammer, Solo is captured and placed in suspended animation. He is eventually released.[14]

Civil WarEdit

During the Civil War storyline, Solo sides with other heroes who oppose registration, including Battlestar and Typeface. While waiting to make contact with the resistance led by Captain America, Solo and the others are arrested by Iron Man, Ms. Marvel, Wonder Man and S.H.I.E.L.D. agents.[15]

Solo has been identified as one of the 142 registered superheroes.[16][17] Solo was hired along with Clay, as bodyguards to protect Wally and Molly, cheery twins who sing Mutant hate-songs. They chained up M, tied up Siryn and taped her mouth shut, and locked both women in a desert bunker after they tried to round two kids up in order to enforce the kids grandparents' court granted visitation rights.[volume & issue needed]

Dark ReignEdit

During the Dark Reign storyline, Solo was hired by a man later revealed to be Bullseye's father to capture Bullseye. Bullseye threw a shard of glass into Solo's left eye, but Solo survived and managed to capture Bullseye after tasering him.[18] The assassins chasing Elektra attempt to hire Solo to assist but fail.[19]

Mercs for MoneyEdit

Following the eight month ellipsis after Secret Wars, Solo is seen as part of Deadpool's new Mercs for Money. He attempts to steal a classified drive in Seoul, and ends up in a fight with the Korean heroine White Fox.[20] Solo takes a specific interest in Deadpool's morality, such as when he urges him to destroy a robot whose knowledge of the future threatens innocent lives.[21]

Powers and abilitiesEdit

Solo has somewhat limited teleportation abilities, allowing him to "jump" from place to place for short distances. There appears to be a limit to the distance and the amount of time between Solo's teleports. He has a gifted intellect, and is a master of many forms of hand-to-hand combat. He is highly adept in the use of conventional weapons and firearms and is an expert marksman.

Solo wears bullet-proof quilted Kevlar with pouches to hold weapons and ammunition. He carries an arsenal of portable conventional weaponry, including sub-machine guns, automatic rifles, automatic pistols, hand grenades, combat knives, etc., and has been known to use ninja climbing claws.


  1. ^ Web of Spider-Man #19
  2. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man #323
  3. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man #324
  4. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #24
  5. ^ Spider-Man #20-23
  6. ^ Marvel Comics Presents #88
  7. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #26
  8. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man #367
  9. ^ Marvel Comics Presents #124
  10. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #27
  11. ^ SHIELD #44-45
  12. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man #367
  13. ^ Wolverine vol. 2 #134 (February 1999)
  14. ^ Cable & Deadpool #7-12
  15. ^ Civil War #6
  16. ^ Avengers: The Initiative #1
  17. ^ Avengers: The Initiative #1 Character Map
  18. ^ Dark Reign: Hawkeye #4
  19. ^ Dark Reign: Elektra #4-5 (March 2009)
  20. ^ Deadpool (vol. 4) #1
  21. ^ Deadpool & The Mercs For Money #5 (2016)

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