The time artist Michael Allred and his wife color artist Laura Allred must put into this brilliant new book staggers my mind, as a former artist. It is not your granddaddy’s rendition of the Silver Surfer, and yet the book comes complete with that Kirby “feel” to the art and that amazing burst of creativity and excitement that helped build Marvel and carry it over the heads of its Distinguished Competition decades agone.
That said, the credit for this new Surfer obviously goes to Dan Slott, who shucked the brooding allegory of our space-spanner and instead allowed an unknown and mysterious Earth girl’s angst and confusion become the emotional crux of this new entertainment.
Slott and the Allreds tie up arc #1 this issue in a rather zany (in keeping with keeping it light and entertainment) and yet drastically urgent way as Norrin Radd and new companion Dawn battle to save the Never Queen. This whole thing has been such a jump down the Rabbit Hole that it is almost like reading about a new character … and maybe we are, although to my mind with bows to Steve Englehart’s great version of issues past.
Cool comic. Fun comic. Cosmic comic!