Silver Surfer #1 (Comics Review)

Silver Surfer. Another Marvel superhero I first met through an animated series. In this particular case, we are talking about a very short-lived series, which also happened to feature the Mad Titan Thanos and Lady Death. Quite an awesome mix there, although of course I didn’t know it at the time. Still, for an inexplicable reason, I totally fell in love with the character. Norin Radd’s adventures, his rebellion against Galactus, it all really spoke to me I suppose, and the character has stayed with me ever since, more than a decade now, perhaps more. I’ve read some Silver Surfer comics over the years, but none have really captured me.

Until Dan Slott and Mike Allred’s Silver Surfer #1 came across that is. And now, I’m pretty damn excited. This tale that Dan and Mike weave together is very silly on a number of levels. And if I had to make a guess, I’d say that this issue is very Silver Age-y. I’m not all that knowledgeable about comics eras, but the writing and art speak to that particular time, I think. And if I’m fully honest, that is to the advantage of the series, since this is a unique feature not in other Marvel titles, as far as I can tell. Maybe one or two, like FF.

Silver Surfer 01From all that I’ve absorbed in the last two years that I’ve started reading comics again, Silver Surfer is one of Marvel’s key characters. He would have to be, since he warranted his own animated series and has featured in a live-action movie as well. The character’s comics have been many over the years, and sales have eventually suffered, but he has certainly gotten around. It also helps that he is the former aide to one of the greatest forces of nature in comics anywhere, the mighty Galactus himself, with his infinite hunger that can only be quenched by the destruction and consumption of a planet.

In the new issue of the new series, Dan Slott doesn’t spend time going over the character’s origins or doing his first ever “mission”. We are simply thrust into the story of a “modern” Silver Surfer, the one who goes around helping people all over the galaxy, not the older version who was a slave to his master’s wishes and was always at his beck and call.

Dan Slott really manages to capture Silver Surfer’s voice in the little dialogue that the character gets. The Surfer gets ample screen-time in the comic, and the rest is shared by a character who is going to become quite important later on. Regardless though, Dan Slott is pretty much on top of his characterisaton and he doesn’t take any detours with them

Plus we have the oft-talked about “Allred girl” here, which is more of an artistic choice rather than otherwise. But at the same time, in this issue we see the glimmer of what kind of a character she will be for this series, and how her consequent relationship might play out. Simply put, there are a lot of fun things going on in this comic, and each moment is quite rewarding in itself.

There is a lot of overall build-up in this issue, and I’m totally fine with that, since this is the kind of story that I did want to read in this issue, and that is exactly what I got. So I’m definitely a happy camper. There isn’t a whole lot of action in this issue, but that’s fine too, because it gives Dan a great opportunity to work on Silver Surfer as a genuine, living-breathing character, and that is exactly what he does.

For the art, Mike Allred is doing the pencils while his wife Laura does the colours and VC’s Clayton Cowles does the letters. The art, as I’ve said, is simply spectacular. It too is completely different what most of the other comics from the Big 2 are doing, especially Marvel in this case, and it is simply gorgeous. Starting with that amazing cover by the Allred-Allred team of artists. Silver Surfer’s expressions, Dawn’s general characterwork, the impossible sights and sounds of the universe, it was all pretty damn good. And Laura’s covers were spot on too. They imparted a very feel-good, fun outlook to the comic.

Overall, a great first start. I want to see more!

Rating: 9/10

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Posted on March 26, 2014, in Comics Reviews, Review Central and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

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