Thursday, May 12, 2016

Comics Rant: Silver Surfer #3

Silver Surfer ##3
Written By Dan Slott & Michael Allred
Drawn By Michael Allred
Colored By Laura Allred

Shalla Bal is back! And she wants not only the Silver Surfer, as well. But she's takin' the Earth, too. Bonus points. Shalla Bal is using the technology from her and the Surfer's planet Zenn La to remake Earth in their image. But wait, there's more. She's found the Thing, good ol' Ben Grimm, hanging around in space and remakes him into her slave. Wow. If I had a nickel every time the Thing was made a slave, I'd have ten cents. Bonus, if you're old enough to remember when the Thing was stuck on that planet of the gangster and wound up a slave there as well. Talk about Classic FF. Also insensitive by today's standards.

So it's the Silver Surfer in Earth's corner vs. the Thing under the control of Shalla Bal. It's the irresistible force meeting the immovable object. (Gorilla Monsoon!) But soon Dawn Greenwood and Alicia Masters hit the scene to lend some support to our silver hero. Dawn and Alicia aren't affected by Shalla Bal because they both have rings that are a part of the Surfer himself and the Power Cosmic.

The Thing kicks the Silver Surfer's ass all up and down Yancy St. But when he sees Alicia he frees himself and gets a silver ring from the Surfer. You know, just in case Shalla Bal tries to put him under her spell once again.

So it's a mighty marvel team up now. The Thing and the Silver Surfer together, kicking ass. Just like the old days. Then Mark Waid's Avengers show up but they too get caught up in Shalla Bal's spell and attack the guys. But things go from bad to worst when Shalla Bal gets wind that the Surfer loves Dawn now. So naturally, Shalla Bal calls Dawn a hero and the war rages on. Think Streets of Rage type fighting.

Silver Surfer has had all he can take and uses the remaining Power Cosmic in himself to stop Shalla Bal's spell and save not only Earth's Mightiest Heroes but the whole damn planet. Not too shabby if you ask me. Oh wait, then the Silver Surfer dies. Dang. Talk about ending an issue on a down note.  Other than the "death" of the Surfer in this issue, I liked how they made sure to let us know that it was the 50th anniversary of the Silver Surfer but didn't bullshit it up and slap a new numbering on the cover. It's little things like that that I am grateful for. Slott and the Allred's always offer up a tale that leaves you not wanting to reach that last page and this was no exception.

-Tash Moore

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