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1.0 out of 5 stars Glossy Crapulence, 15 Aug 2012
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This review is from: Silver Surfer: Devolution (Paperback)
If you are a Silver Surfer fan, prepare to be offended. The introspective, philosophical and messianic character that many will be familiar with is stripped of all complexity for a big dumb light-show with pretensions towards shedding some light on the character. I assure you, no light is shed. It reads like a generic and execrable blockbuster: it even has a vapid love interest for whom the surfer declares undying love in no time at all, for no reason apparent to the reader. For that matter, all the woman in this serve more a window-dressing than characters in their own right. The comic has the fetid stench of cliché about it. Claims that this comic gives a "whole new perspective" on the character are nonetheless true: never before has someone so appallingly mishandled the Surfer.
For readers new to the Silver Surfer, this book is not indicative of the tone or sophistication of the hero's usual adventures. This comic is brash, hectic and void of any emotional, political or philosophical drama. In a word, fluff. The book also doesn't capture the scope and sense of the epic that the Surfer's tales usually encompass. Considering this (very insubstantial) miniseries is all that comprises the Silver Surfer's 6th solo volume, it really is a waste to have him bum around earth doing things of no great importance. The ending tries to give the impression that events in this series have a cosmic significance. They don't. There are much better runs on the Surfer and much better series in which he stars.
One note on the art: it is variable. It is certainly a flashy book, often well drawn enough but sometimes manages the bizarre feat of having its characters enter the uncanny valley. That's not an issue I've ever come across before in mainstream comics.
If you want to get into Silver Surfer look into Dan Abnett's run on Marvel's cosmic universe, go back further to Englehart and Starlin's work (heck, all of Silver Surfer Volume 3) or Stan Lee's original stories.
Avoid this waste of ink and paper - you can do better.
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Silver Surfer: Devolution by Greg Pak (Paperback - 7 Sep 2011)
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