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Silver Surfer #1

SILVER SURFER #1

Capsule Review

I liked the Dan Slott/Mike Allred collaboration in their previous Surfer series, and since this new book is a direct continuation of the old, it stands to reason that I’d like this book, too. And I did! But this Silver Surfer is substantially different from the golden Silver Age version. For one thing, he’s considerably less grim … and he should be, given he can now roam the cosmos at will, and even “silver down” to become flesh & blood and eat candy corn (which happens in this issue). The original surfer surrendered his humanity to save his own people, and then suffered exile here on earth when he saved the human race — and those things are core to the character — but I was surprised to see that the Surfer could evolve beyond those precepts, and still remain the Surfer. In this I take the opposite of my position on Spider-Man, who I condemned to perpetual adolescence. I suppose the difference is that the Surfer’s circumstances so limited the character, while the core elements of the kvetching Spider-Man seem such an evergreen. Whatever. If you go into this series, be prepared for a Surfer with a young lady companion, Dawn, (echoes of Doctor Who, there), and, yes, art and story that can be a bit twee — but all is forgiven, when Dawn decides the Surfer’s board must be named, “Toomie.” Not your father’s Silver Surfer, to be sure. Anyway, this particular issue is more of the same; I like it plenty, but I can see where it’s not for everybody. Bonus points for this issue including goofy-looking aliens who literally steal earth’s culture.

Approachability For New Readers

Not so great. You really need to have read some recent Silver Surfer to know what is going on. And you still won’t know why the heck Ben Grimm is in outer space at the end of the issue.

Read #2?

To me, issue two!

Sales Rank

#17 January

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About Paul O'Connor

Revelations and retro-reviews from a world where it is always 1978, published once a month or so at www.longboxgraveyard.com!

Posted on February 18, 2016, in Reviews and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. now that looks really fun. Is the previous Allred/Slott run available as a collected edition?

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  2. Yes, yes they are @Jim. Here’s a link to the first of 3 volumes of this Slott/Allred run.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0785188789?keywords=silver%20surfer%20trade%20paperback&qid=1455826915&ref_=sr_1_fkmr2_2&sr=8-2-fkmr2

    Hey, I’m all for this new take on Surfer. He’s moved forward as a character, and left all that “Woe is me/guilt” baggage behind, and hopefully for good.
    If Marvel decides to reset him back to being emo Surfer again after Slott’s run is done, that’ll just do a great disservice to Slott’s work on the Surfer.
    As you say, he should be happy and more cheerful. He’s basically like a god in that he can go anywhere, anytime he wants. Why would somebody who can do that be depressed?

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    • Thanks for the links, Mr. Morbid. I binged through the Slott/Allred Surfer run via Marvel Unlimited Digital, but I bought those volumes as Christmas presents for my son’s girlfriend — she’s not a comics person at all, but I thought she might identify with Dawn and Eve and enjoy those idiosyncratic outer space adventures.

      Hope blooms eternal.

      As far as why Norrin Radd might be depressed … well, he is a war criminal that has had a direct hand in the extinction of innumerable planets, and he lost his great love many decades ago, and the people of earth still mostly think him a pariah, so there’s every reason the guy might be depressed (if not bonkers). And to be fair I’m not sure those elements weigh properly in this new interpretation of the Surfer. But I enjoy the series for what it is.

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  3. Just picked this up! Cant wait.

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  4. I loved the first two softcover collections of this Silver Surfer! I am a huge Allred fan so I would have bought it just for the pretty pictures, but the story/writing did not disappoint in the least either.

    I did not realize that there was a 3rd softcover edition! I’ll have to grab that! And of course, I’ll be either buying this new edition in singles or waiting for the softcover.

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  5. Hard not to be just utterly mesmerized by everything Mike Allred does.

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