Review: All-New Marvel Now Point One: Silver Surfer
Spider-Man scribe Dan Slott tackles Marvel Cosmic's Silver Surfer for the first time in the third installment of the Point One issues that are meant to foreshadow what is to come. Slott is teamed with FF artist Mike Allred in a short tale that features Silver Surfer soaring the spaceways with an Earth girl.
We are not given any background in regards to the Earth girl or how she came to know the Silver Surfer, but we see she is not familiar with his history - not even knowing that the Silver Surfer is the Herald of Galactus. Obviously a reference to readers who are unfamiliar with the Surfer, the Earth girl is how Slott and Marvel editorial are making this Cosmic Powerhouse relatable and accessible to the Avengers and X-Men readers. Slott, however, doesn't forget the Marvel Cosmic fans as we are witness to what the Power Cosmic can do.
Slott continues from the Matt Fraction Thor run by giving the Silver Surfer the ability to change back into his humanoid (he's an alien from Zenn-La) guise with full powers. I'm not personally a big fan of that aspect as I consider the silver casing of the Surfer both a prison and a gateway to new freedoms. On one hand, as the Surfer is responsible for mass genocide and striking a deal with Galactus, he trades off his human form becoming trapped in the silver body as both a punishment and reminder of his deeds, while his given powerset enables him to surf the spaceways in new found freedom. With Fraction and Slott giving the Silver Surfer the ability - "I can do anything with the Power Cosmic" - it could be argued it takes away the main underlying themes that make the Surfer who he is: someone struggling with his conscious as well as losing his humanity; a guilt-filled conflicted loner who is responsible for destroying not only his world, but many others. How Slott overcomes this is by using the naive Earth girl as the Surfer may be attracted to her as she doesn't know his past (almost similar to a new beginning).
It's no secret that Dan Slott is a huge fan of Doctor Who. And that's cool. There are similarities within the story and Doctor Who - and there is nothing wrong with that - as one could argue there exists similarities between the two characters as well: both destroyed their homeworlds; both are the only being of their kind; both are vastly powerful; both have a strong connection to Earth (which probably explains why the Surfer is surfing with an Earth girl "companion"). My only suggestion regarding the Doctor Who/Surfer connection is to end it there as it almost seemed as if Slott was writing the Surfer's board akin to the Tardis. The Silver Surfer whistles for it to come, the Earth girl treats it almost like a pet, and it seems to have a mind of its own (unless the Surfer programmed it to guard the girl). The less eye-rolling moments in the book the better.
The art of Mike Allred, as it stands, is going to be hit or miss. Personally, I prefer the photo-realistic cosmic aspects of say a Brad Walker, a Leonard Kirk or a Howard Porter. Case in point is the coloring of the Silver Surfer as he comes across as looking overly white-colored, more akin to an Iceman or a snowman than a Silver Surfer. The difference in tastes of art, however, is by no means a deal-breaker.
As it stands, Dan Slott provided a very tantalizing tale for the Surfer's first foray with a new companion. To be honest, I expected as much because Slott is a master of dialogue and comic intrigue, and he delivers. Bonuses for this series include the fact that it is set apart from Earth, meaning no involvement of the Avengers and X-Men, which - hopefully- means Dan Slott will be able to take the Surfer where he desires without the influence and involvement of Marvel Editorial. The issue leaves many questions unanswered, which provides for a desire for March's first issue: Why is the Silver Surfer traveling with a lowly Earth girl? Who is the Earth Girl? Where are they headed? What will they encounter?
So far, not bad.