Written by Dan Slott
Art by Mike Allred
Colors by Laura Allred
Published by Marvel Comics
It’s finally here! When the slew of new Marvel #1 titles were announced and I saw that the Silver Surfer would be getting his own solo title written by Dan Slott with Mike Allred on the art, I was beyond excited to see what this all-star creative team would churn out! In this first issue, we’re actually being told two different stories that are on a collision course with each other. The first, expectedly, is about Norrin Radd, the Silver Surfer himself. He’s still trying to pay back the universe for the awful things he caused as Herald to Galactus. His journey of redemption leads him to The Impericon, a place of untold wonders that you’ll have to see to believe! The other story is about Dawn, an eternally optimistic young woman that is completely satisfied with her place in the world running a bed & breakfast with her father. One can’t help but feel a sense of adventure within her whenever she looks at the stars though!
It’s so great to see Dan Slott telling a story so filled with adventure and fun! Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE Superior Spidey, but when I read that title sometimes I forget how charming some of his stories can really be. I have a feeling that once Dawn leaves her “townie” status behind that we’re going to see a much more adventurous side to her that would even make her sister, Eve, jealous. As much as this book is going to be about the Surfer trying to find his place in the universe; it’s going to be about Dawn finding herself and realizing how much the cosmos have to offer her. I can tell after just one issue of this that her journey is going to be incredible, especially with Norrin at her side to guide her along the way.
I love Mike Allred’s art. I was a huge fan of FF and thought his unique style was a great compliment to the book. I don’t find that his art can be labeled as just a compliment in this series though. I find that he was absolutely destined to draw this series. He has a very distinct style that’s as much of a nod to the old ways of Jack Kirby as it is completely fresh in a medium that’s filled with artists that draw in the same style. The only thing that could possibly make his work better are the gorgeous colors that Laura used in this issue. I couldn’t think of a more perfect combination of color and style to use in a series that should remind us of the great books of the past, all while ushering us towards bigger and better things.
This book exceeded my every expectation. It seems like it’s been forever since it got announced and after reading this issue I can say it was well worth the wait. Both of these characters have a long road ahead of them to achieve bigger and better things and I wasn’t really expecting for the Surfer to end up having a companion on his journey, but I can already tell that their tale will be an epic one. The big payoff will be seeing how these two opposites will come together to face the trials and tribulations of their many adventures to come!
5 out of 5 nerds