The GeeksverseSilver Surfer #1

Silver Surfer #1
Published on Saturday, February 19, 2011 by

Written by: Greg Pak
Penciled by: Stephen Segovia
Inked by: Victor Olazaba
Colors: Wil Quintana
Letters: Dave Sharpe
Cover Art: Pagulayan w/ Miki & D'Auria
Assistant Editor: John Denning
Editor: Mark Paniccia

This feels like we’ve been here before. It doesn’t, so far, feel like anything new will be added to the character of the Silver Surfer. We start off with the “lonely guy in the stars that accepts his burden” and it ends with him losing his powers, so we’ll get the “Norrin Radd gets to enjoy being a person again”. And I can even see the inevitable hook-up with Suzi Endo. He’ll have to choose between his mission and serving Galactus or remaining flesh and blood.

It’s been done before. Will this version be better then the others? That remains to be seen.

I do like how Pak ties in various other happenings around the MU; the trial of Cap and Spidey’s battle with the Scorpion on the shuttle; which helps establish a time that this story takes place. I like how he ties in things the High Evolutionary has been up to; stealing Starktech and copying Magneto’s powers. I don’t like how he presents the doings of the High Evolutionary. How would Endo, from the unknown Organization of American States (what is that supposed to be anyways?), know all that about the Evolutionary?

And how does Endo not recognize tech that isn’t from her group? I don’t know how she could have thought the bands that captured the Surfer were from the OAS. For it’s sci-tech operative she doesn’t keep up with it’s levels of tech.

Pak’s Surfer isn’t haughty enough. The Surfer is a cold and emotionless character. Pak’s isn’t cold enough. This is the same character that was ready to let Galactus consume the Earth because of the discovery of a dead Galactus body (Fantastic Four). Sacrificing a 100 billion years of a planet’s lifespan wouldn’t be anything that would come close to hitting the emotions of this being.

Segovia’s art is decent. Very solid with the layouts and storytelling. A couple of panels are messy, it’s hard to get an idea of what’s going on and Galactus just looks awkward in the splash page.

Silver Surfer #1 receives
3.5 out of 5

A decent read but nothing to rush out and grab.

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