Silver Surfer

Silver Surfer: Black #3

by Alan Rapp on August 27, 2019

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Silver Surfer: Black #3 comic reviewStill lost at the other end of a void, separated from his proper place in space and time, Norrin Radd will make a new friend and a dangerous discovery in Silver Surfer: Black #3 that will tie back to his past and the universe’s future.

The third issue of the mini-series allows the Silver Surfer to take his respite, as the continued use of his powers has led to trouble for our hero, and get to know a little more about Ego (who has its own trouble in a meteor that crashed deep within the living planet’s core). Providing assistance to Ego, in return for the help the planet has given him, will lead to a dangerous discovery deep at the planet’s core where Norrin Radd will discover the incubator of Galactus (the creature who has ravaged the universe for eons and is also resposinble for Radd’s transformation into the first Herald).

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Silver Surfer: Black #2

by Alan Rapp on July 27, 2019

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Silver Surfer: Black #2 comic reviewThings get no less weird in the mini-series second issue. Lost in space and time, the Silver Surfer encounters Knull and the planet of the symbiotes. Those unfamiliar with the character may feel a bit lost here, but his motivations are rather straightforward. The ancient god is intent on removing all light from the universe and returning it the full black abyss from which he came.

Knull, the creator of the symbiotes, first attempts to use one to control the Surfer and turn him into a weapon against the universe. Having already been slave to one madman in his lifetime, the Surfer escapes (only to be chased by Knull riding a symbiote dragon – yeah, I told you this gets weird), and encounters a new ally calling to him across space.

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Silver Surfer: Black #1

by Alan Rapp on June 19, 2019

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Silver Surfer: Black #1 comic reviewThe first issue of Silver Surfer: Black catches up with the missing character after his disappearance in Guardians of the Galaxy #1. In the first few pages of the new mini-series, we see the Silver Surfer save other heroes from the black hole in space before falling into the abyss.

Tradd Moore provides some trippy art as the Silver falls into a new reality. While I don’t love the heavy-mascara rendering of the Surfer, Moore does provide and interesting backdrop for the story to unfold. Writer Donny Cates hits most of the right notes with the Surfer, including some CliffsNotes for new readers, as our hero attempts to find a peaceful resolution with the antagonistic creatures he finds in this new world.

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Silver Surfer #4

by Alan Rapp on July 24, 2014

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Silver Surfer #4And I’m done. I’ve become increasingly less interested in writer Dan Slott’s new version of the Silver Surfer as the series has gone on. Returning Dawn Greenwood to Earth the Surfer encounters the Guardians of the Galaxy (in a shoehorned movie reference) whose treatment of the Marvel Universe’s most noble and tragic character makes as little sense as Slott continuing to fill the Surfer’s dialogue with various pop culture references. Sigh.

Removing his silver coating again (which still makes NO GODDAMN SENSE as it has been long-established that he’s no longer human underneath) we even get Norrin Radd stuffing himself full of Clam Chowder. Groan.

And on attempting to leave our hero finds himself trapped inside the barrier long since removed by Galactus meaning the most interesting aspect not toyed with in Slott’s version of the character (his limitless ability to travel across all of space) has been removed along with his dignity and nobility. Kill me now.

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Silver Surfer #3

by Alan Rapp on June 27, 2014

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Silver Surfer #3The opening arc of Silver Surfer comes to a close as Dawn Greenwood meets the Silver Surfer and helps the cosmic hero defeat The Impericon and return the heart of Never Queen back where it belongs before the cosmic entity ceases to be. Silver Surfer #3 continues the offbeat humor of the young series (taking it a bit too far in my opinion by making Norrin Radd a Three Stooges fan who even acts out one of the group’s trademark moves at one point).

Nyuk Nyuk Nyuk moment aside, Silver Surfer #3 is better at selling the idea of Dawn and the Surfer exploring space together than selling me on the goofy version of the title character. In Rose Tyler fashion, writer Dan Slott continues to tease the importance of Dawn which I’m already tiring of as well.

Hopefully Slott will pull back a bit on the oversell of Dawn and simply allow her to accompany and enjoy the adventures the Surfer can provide while providing a character to explain various parts of the Surfer’s existence such as the Power Cosmic. For fans.

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