Feel free to proceed. This review is spoiler-free.
Being a huge fan of the Silver Surfer, you can imagine how excited I was when I learned that Marvel was relaunching the title this year. I literally counted down the days until it’s release. I will have to admit openly that I was a little leery when I learned that Mike Allred was announced as the artist.
This is not a slam against Mike Allred by any means. I always have been, and always will be a huge fan of his artwork. As both a fan of comics and pop-art, how could I not be? My concern was that this would not be the Silver Surfer that I knew and loved. This was not going to be the sleek, stylized , all too serious Surfer that I had grown oh so accustomed to.
With the purchase of issue #1, all of my concerns were proven true, and completely quelled at the exact same time. Yes, Mike Allred’s depiction of the Surfer is not “my” Silver Surfer. It is completely different and it is absolutely fantastic.
With Dan Slott at the writing helm, and Laura Allred on coloring duties, they are taking a completely different approach to the Silver Surfer. It’s a lighter-hearted, less serious and stoic, take on the character of Norrin Radd. They introduce us to new characters, new galaxies, and we even get to find out the surfboard’s name. Yes it has a name (well sort of), but you are going to have to read the book to find out what it is. No spoilers, remember?
Slott, who is no stranger to writing about the lighter side of things (Ren & Stimpy, Powerpuff girls, Great Lakes Avengers), weaves us through this new world with great care and treatment of each and every insane, new character. He establishes back stories and sets up the future seamlessly and effortlessly. We read about these characters as if they have existed since the dawn of the Marvel universe (and I really hope we get to see much more of a few of them).
As we go into issue #4, I am just as anxious (and impatient) as I was waiting for issue #1. The story is great. The artwork is wonderful, and it has given me a new lease on the Surfer. Had I not already been a huge Silver Surfer fan, I would be now.