Brandon Borzelli’s Geek Goggle Reviews
Silver Surfer #1 of 5
Pak, Segovia, Olazaba & Quintana
Silver Surfer launches his own series for the first in quite a while albeit in the form of a mini series. This book does a lot of things right in order to bring in potential new readers up to speed in a short amount of space. Pak shows a good command of telling an interesting story with a character that, at times, yields simply too much power. This is a good start to what could be a great reintroduction to the character’s solo stories.
Surfer is hovering above Earth. His master, Galactus, is in some trouble. Surfer sends Galactus into the sun to feed and rest up. While he waits, Surfer decides to head down to Earth to see what the locals are up to. These opening scenes manage to establish who the Surfer is, what his function is and what some of the key moments were that led him to this point in his life. Other stories are referenced in passing to give some context to the goings on in the larger Marvel Universe but if the reader is unfamiliar with them it isn’t going to detract from the story.
Surfer observes a man and woman in some trouble with some sort of suped up soldiers. He intervenes which sets in motion additional parties to get involved. It seems some factions were simply waiting for the Surfer to show his face on Earth. The all powerful Silver Surfer finds himself very vulnerable by the end of this issue providing an excellent cliffhanger.
The comic book has a lot of elements of a Silver Surfer story that are appealing. The Silver Surfer is a conflicted character. He’s a thinker. However, he’s also a worthy warrior. This comic book shows all of these sides to the character and presents them in a straight forward and interesting story.
The artwork is exactly what you would want and expect in a Silver Surfer book. The book’s got detailed pencils to bring out the strong emotions. The book has plenty of loud action with amazing colors to compliment the story and the pencils. The book just looks great front to back while keeping the story flowing.
Pak’s take on the Silver Surfer seems to be heading in a strong direction from this first issue. He has a good story that’s grounded on Earth where the Surfer’s boundaries are accessible to a larger cast of villains. If you have ever had any interest at all in the character but were afraid to jump into the cosmic stories over the past few years then this issue may be your starting point. This is definitely worth picking up.
4 out of 5 Geek Goggles