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Saturday, 4 March 2017

Multiverse 101: Who Is Solovar?

For the past two weeks, Barry has had his hands full with a whole lot of damn dirty apes on The Flash. However, none gave the speedster a run for his money more than Solovar. This hulking beast served as the leader of Gorilla City on Earth-2, holding closely to his people's belief of kill or be killed, and was never afraid to put challengers in their place.

Let's take a look at the history of this famed Flash ally...

Created by John Broome and Carmine Infantino, Solovar first joined the DC Universe back in the spring of 1959 as part of The Flash #106. The long-time leader of Gorilla City, Solovar is renowned for his wisdom and psychic powers. He remains virtually unchallenged, except by the villainous Gorilla Grodd. The rivalry between the two remains so great that, after Solovar is captured by humans, Grodd follows them to Central City in an effort to unlock the secrets of the other ape's powers and abilities. Grodd succeeds in his mission, but is captured by The Flash soon after.

The speedster helps Solovar escape, thus becoming the first human to learn of the city’s existence, and its location. An alliance is formed between Flash and Solovar, but a rivalry with an enraged Gorilla Grodd also develops.

As the years pass, Solovar develops Gorilla City into a technological utopia. He eventually decides that his people can no longer use their science to hide from humans and opens the borders of the city the world and asks for membership into the United Nations.

While he serves as an advocate for peace between gorillas and humans, Solovar is eventually killed by a lethal car bomb explosion. While a mysterious group calling itself the Human Supremacy Movement takes credit for the act, it is later revealed that the assassination was carried out by the Simian Scarlet, a group of gorillas within Gorilla City seeking to overthrow the ruling council who find themselves manipulated by Gorilla Grodd.

Solovar is succeeded by his nephew Ulgo. Tensions begin to rise between humans and gorillas, thus the Justice League heads to Gorilla City to  assist in a diplomatic mission, only to fall victim to an ambush. The JLA is forced to retreat after they are transformed into gorillas as a result of a brand new super weapon known as the gorillabomb. Ulgo then approaches the UN to declare war on the human race and uses another bomb to transform all the delegates into gorillas.

Ulgo uses this newly formed army in an effort to take over the planet, however his soldiers are defeated at the hands of the Justice League. The heroes also return to their human forms shortly after overthrowing Ulgo, who is succeeded by Solovar's son, Nnamdi.

During the events of Blackest Night, Solovar is revived as a member of the Black Lantern Corps ad begins laying waste to Central City. This sends Barry Allen speeding into action and Solovar is reduced to dust during the battle after Barry whips his corpse through the air at superspeed.

Will Solovar continue his battle with Gorilla Grodd on The Flash in the coming weeks? Will he stand for peace between humans and gorillas after having his life spared by Barry in the Gorilla City arena? Or, will he meet his end at the hands of those who do not share his vision of the future? We'll have to wait and see what happens. Until then, we hope you've enjoyed this look into the DC Comics history of Solovar.

Until next time, Infinite Earths fans!

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