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Review: Silver Surfer #1 (of 5)

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Posted by: Byron Brewer, Contributing Editor
created 02/16/2011 - 3:37pm, updated 02/16/2011 - 4:16pm

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SILVER SURFER #1 PREVIEW

COVER: Pagulayan, Miki & D’Auria

WRITER: Greg Pak

PENCILS: Stephen Segovia

INKS: Victor Olazaba

COLORS: Wil Quintana

LETTERED BY: Dave Sharpe

PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics

RELEASE DATE: February 16th, 2011

 

Beautiful.

That is the only word with which to describe the first issue of the Silver Surfer’s new five-issue limited series.

Oh, there will be some out there and right here, at the CBN offices in a corner hub of Knowhere, who will berate the book because it is, in fact, “Earth-centric.” But when I was growing up and Galactus had already imprisoned the silver dude on this third rock from the sun, “Surfer on Earth” was the only Surfer I knew for a long, long time. (Thank you, Mr. Grimm.)

In Silver Surfer #1 (of 5), it is plain the love writer Greg Pak has for the character. He knows the voice of the philosophizing, long-suffering, soulful Stan Lee/John Buscema Surfer very well. And although I do enjoy the cosmic DnA variation and look forward to him next month in Annihilators #1 (buy two copies, as with this mag, Marvel Cosmic fans), it has been a long time since I have seen this hero on our mudball beneath a cover of his own logo.

And what a book it is!

If you did not read the (mostly) dreadful Chaos War and the wondrous Iron Man/Thor limited series, you would not be lost. But it sure helps that the feel of both those books (oddly, more so the DnA Iron Man/Thor mini) is tied into this adventure nice and pretty; obviously continuity still means something to some Marvel U. writers! (Editor's Note: ties into issues of "Uncanny X-Men," as well. -Magneto Matt)

Pak comes up with an ingenious way of relaxing on the Big G question for a time, and also brings our star to terra firma in a very real and satisfying manner. The fact that the Surfer is still Herald to Galactus and still seeking solace – a brief respite, if you will – on his former prison world (Earth) speaks volumes.

The High Evolutionary, like Namor and other anti-heroes, is a hard character to write for, IMHO, and yet he has been everywhere in recent days. This plot seems to fit right in with his X-Men and Iron Man/Thor appearances. It will be interesting to see how this “Surfer on Earth” scenario continues without becoming another “street level” same ol’-same ol’ – or, gods forbid, another “Herc in the Alleyways of Manhattan!”

I was a little bit apprehensive about the art of this book. After having seen the abominable work on the highly anticipated God Squad one-shot (Silver Surfer-as-Impossible Man?), I was keeping my fingers crossed. I had seen the gorgeous Pagulayan/Miki/D’Auria cover long ago; I just did not know a whole lot about the pencils of Stephen Segovia.

Well, rest assured, True Believers, that the art on the Surfer’s book could not be in better hands. And even though this takes place on Earth, there are splash pages and individual panels that are so powerful in their renderings that the art is -- dare I say it? – cosmic! Kudos as well to inker Victor Olazaba and the hues of Wil Quintana. A most powerfully rendered premiere issue!

As most cosmic fans, I have a wish for this book and Annihilators to go ongoing. I know we all miss Nova and Guardians of the Galaxy, but there are other creatures out there in the Marvel firmament. We just need some vehicles to get us there, Mr. Alonso.

Given time, this could be one of them.

 

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