Posted by: Byron Brewer

Review: Silver Surfer #1

Dan Slott
Mike Allred
Laura Allred
VC's Clayton Cowles
Mike Allred, Laura Allred
Marvel Comics
Release Date: 
March 26, 2014


Many anxious readers of all ages have been waiting for the debut of this book. Those expecting the soulful, preachy Silver Surfer of Stan Lee and John Buscema will be disappointed. However, those of a more upbeat nature who enjoyed Jim Starlin and Steve Englehart's runs on the character's second book will be ecstatic.

This is a light-hearted, upbeat romp with a guy who can fly through space. His connection with an Earth girl who has a twin is somewhat the mystery still, but I'm sure that will become one of the major threads of this book, knowing writer Dan Slott.

What we really have here is a Surfer that we've rarely seen. Slott is trying to please the masses who may be craving the old Marvel Cosmic while still trying to do something fresh.

Issue #1 almost has a feel of Dr. Strange to it, in a way. I love the aliens, and I also love the fact that they kept themselves secret from the Heralds of Galactus all these years. If I had the technology, I would do the same thing existing in the Marvel Universe.

Mike Allred's Silver Surfer is energetic, frenetic, here and there and everywhere, powerful add quixotic. It reminds me of Kirby's earliest vision of the character as well as Englehart's playful approach.

You may or may not enjoy this issue of Silver Surfer, but then again I did not necessarily enjoy Starlin's "Thousand Clowns" episode of Warlock when it first came out. But oh, for those days now ...

And, to tell the truth, this book is something Stan and John 's SS never was: fun!


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