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Byron Brewer

Radd Rewind: Affaires d'amour


In anticipation of the Silver Surfer’s first solo outing in awhile, Cosmic Book News staffers have combed over the Shining One’s history to rank the Herald’s experiences with … well, shall we say the fairer sex? (D’ast! No Gamora?!) Here is the office’s official Top 4! After you consider these Cosmic Q-Ts (sorry, Timelord), log onto the CBN forums and list your own choice for potential new Silver Surfer true hearts! Number 4: Nova (Frankie Raye) –It was shortly after his permanent exile from Earth and unsuccessful pairing with Mantis, that Guardian of the Galaxy and Celestial Madonna, that the Silver Surfer turned his attentions to Johnny Storm’s old squeeze, Frankie Raye (aka Nova). In the midst of these romantic feelings, the Surfer's influence gradually leads Nova to question the morality of her role as then-current Herald to Galactus. Eventually replaced by the far more ruthless Morg, Nova seemingly dies in a conflict between the new Herald and the Surfer teamed with other ex-Heralds. Number 3: Mantis –“This One” was waiting for our Sentinel of the Spaceways almost immediately after Steve Englehart (and Ben Grimm?) freed him from his terran prison of many years. Embroiled in hostilities between the interstellar Kree and Skrull empires, the Surfer also intervenes in a series of plots by the Elders of the Universe, who plan to become supremely powerful by destroying Galactus and the universe with him. The Surfer thwarts this plot with the aid of Mantis, who seems to die in the process (noticing a trend here?). Although the Avenger eventually returns, Mantis never fully renews their romance. Number 2: Alicia Masters –It was during the epic premiere appearance of the Silver Surfer in Fantastic Four’s “Galactus Trilogy” that the Herald is knocked off a skyscraper roof by the Thing and found by the blind sculptress, Alicia Masters. Touched by her incredible nobility, the Surfer chooses to suddenly rebel against Big G and battled him in an attempt to prevent his master from consuming Earth. Galactus is eventually driven off, but as punishment for this rebellion he confines the Surfer to the planet with an invisible barrier that affects only him, designed to prevent him from leaving the planet – ever! After the end of his Earth exile, the Surfer eventually returns home to Zenn-La to find that the planet has vanished, and learns it was actually destroyed in the 1940s (Earth time) by the entity known as the Other. Zenn-La and its people which the Surfer repeatedly encountered since leaving Galactus' service were actually reproductions, created by Galactus so that the Surfer would have a home to return to. Losing his capacity for emotion again, the Surfer returns to Earth. He later regains his personality during a time-travel adventure and sharing a romance with Alicia. The two ultimately part as friends after several adventures together. Number 1: (Guess who?) Shalla-Bal –The yin to Norrin Radd’s yang, Shalla-Bal, his lover from his native Zenn-La, has always been the one to both bring a great big elation to the Surfer’s oft-tormented soul but also sink it to even lower depths due to some dire circumstance in which the alien woman may be involved. (Hint: Mephisto is probably around somewhere.) After several attempts to return to his true love following his freedom from Earth, the Surfer discovers the truth as described above: Shalla-Bal and the folks of Zenn-La died -- in the 1940s! So as February 2011 and the Surfer’s new series approach, will we add any new femme fatales to this list? See you in Silver Surfer #1! And hey, be sure to check out CBN’s interview with Surfer writer Greg Pak!