Silver Surfer

Silver Surfer #2

by Alan Rapp on May 5, 2014

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Silver Surfer #2I saw someone on Twitter compare Dan Slott’s new Silver Surfer series to Doctor Who. I think that’s a fair analogy as the series captures both the good and bad of the modern version of Time Lord’s adventures including centering the storyline on a new companion who instantly is pushed as the most important character ever.

Silver Surfer #2 finds the Silver Surfer defending The Impericon from the threat of the Never Queen who shows the Surfer a glimpse of his possible futures while Dawn Greenwood escapes capture along with the many other aliens abducted by The Impericon as leverage to force powerful beings to do as they wish.

Speaking of wishes, Dawn’s wish is underscored for the second straight issue as it both saves the Surfer from the Never Queen’s wrath and further links them going forward. I’m far from sold on Dawn, but so far I’m enjoying Slott’s take on the character – except for his bizarre misconception that the Surfer is human under the adamantium skin which he can remove at will (seriously WTF?). Worth a look.

[Marvel, $3.99]

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Silver Surfer #1

by Alan Rapp on April 4, 2014

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Silver Surfer #1Pairing writer Dan Slott with artist Mike Allred, the first issue of Silver Surfer is split equally between Norrin Radd‘s space adventures which take him to being recruited as a champion to save the hidden impossible world of The Impericon and twin sisters on the planet Earth, one of whom will (somehow) become tied to to the Surfer as “The Most Important Person in the Universe.”

Perhaps more than any other character in the Marvel Universe, the Silver Surfer is incredibly hard to get right. The first issue keeps the character slightly off-balance and unsure just what is going on, so I’ll be interested to see how he’s presented when he’s more sure about his circumstances.

I’m always a bit hesitant to accept a brand-new character like Eve as hugely important to someone like the Surfer and unsure about the dynamic between the two (especially as they haven’t even met yet). It appears as if the comic may be setting up Doctor/Companion-style relationship (which, again, would be an entirely new place to take the character). Worth a look.

[Marvel, $3.99]

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Sideshow Collectibles has unveilled their new 33in. Galactus maquette. Handpainted, the sculpture also includes small interchangeable versions of the Silver Surfer and Nova as well as interchangeable faces for Galactus. It can all be yours for the low, low price of $799.99.

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The Defenders #2

by Alan Rapp on January 5, 2012

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defenders-2-coverThe second issue of the new series finds the newly gathered team fighting Prestor John and the forces of Avalon who wish to use the rampaging Black Hulk to break through reality so they might finally journey home. Hmm, a comic where a super-powered being punches reality hard enough to make it shatter… where have I heard that before? Oh yeah, here.

Defenders #2 isn’t really a good comic. It’s not bad, by any means, but it’s certainly disappointing. Don’t get me wrong, the comic does have some very enjoyable moments such as Betty Ross‘ reaction to Doctor Strange trying to scare her and Red She Hulk attempting to get her Big Ass Sword back. In fact, anything revolving around the comic’s most ridiculous member works really well.

There are several odd choices, chief among them is a narrator with insight into both the Defenders and the forces of Avalon who is never identified. Only an omnipresent observer is possible, but the narration doesn’t fit a character like Uatu The Watcher.

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Annihilators #4 (of 4)

by Alan Rapp on June 14, 2011

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annihilators-4-coverI’m more than a little sad this series is already over. Sure, I gave up trying to make sense of the main story’s plot sometime during the last issue, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t fun!

In the A story the Annihilators try to prevent the evil Skrull plot to release the Dire Wraiths… or something like that. Like i said, I stopped trying to make sense of this story awhile back. But it’s got hugely powered characters like the Silver Surfer, Ronan, Beta-Ray Bill and Quasar kicking some serious butt. By itself this isn’t enough to recommend but…

The B story also concludes as Rocket Raccoon and Groot attempt to prevent the Star Thief from escaping his prison. Their plan? Let’s just say it involves one of the most humiliating (and adorable) moments of Rocket Raccon’s life. Awesome.

The final panels of each story seem to suggest we’ll be seeing both of these groups again (hopefully at a much-reduced cover price). Even though I love the Silver Surfer, I’m far more interested in a quirky comic about a new Guardians of a Galaxy than further adventures of the Annihilators. Worth a look.

[Marvel, $4.99]

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