Silver Surfer #3 Review

With Guardians of the Galaxy and Nova do cosmic fans need this series too? Read on to find out.

The official description from Marvel:

• Any old heroes can save the day. The Surfer and Dawn are out to save the day AFTER.

• As everything goes kablooey, find out why the fate of every possible tomorrow rests… in a wind-up toy monkey.

• No. Really. One of those creepy things with the cymbals.

• Also, after 48 years in comics, one of the most under appreciated characters in the entire Marvel Universe FINALLY gets a name. Have your handbooks ready!

Silver Surfer 3_Variant CoverI have to admit that where this latest iteration of the storied character is concerned I have a mix of emotions. The creative team has successfully crafted an enjoyable jaunt but it dives right into corniness while leaving the serious iteration of the icon dangling in the wind.

Dan Slott has got to be one of the more divisive writers out there right now. On one hand you have fans that will fill the internet with praise while the other bemoans his entire literary legacy. Even so I have to admit he writes largely enjoyable adventures and this script featuring the recognizable former herald of Galactus, the Silver Surfer, is just that. The dialogue is hammy and the narrative predictable but I can’t help but be reminded of older material that used to embrace the zany while simply trusting their audience to tag along on an intergalactic romp.

What really sells me on this piece is the illustrations by Michael Allred. The talent effortlessly realizes some outstanding panels that are further complimented via the colors done by his wife Laura Allred. The visual component simply carries the comic as it gives even the most discerning among us the chance to see a world full of unknowns with more than just a spark of fun but a sense of wonderment.

Silver Surfer #3 is a release that’s hard to ignore. It is campy? Yes. It is good? Sure. And for that reason this entry births just enough possibilities to earn a recommendation.

  • + It's a comic book that reads like a blast from the past.
  • + Michael Allred dazzles with a fantastic display.
  • + The Silver Surfer gets to be a superhero.
  • - Some of dialogue is rather corny...

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