By Julz Hendricks
When I first read the new Silver Surfer comics, I was literally in awe of them. Granted I hadn't read any of the original Silver Surfer comics, so it was my first real introduction to the Surfer. I have since read his first appearance as well as the 1978 Marvel original graphic novel. I needed to absorb as much as the Silver Surfer as I could. I couldn't get enough. Fast forward to now, and it has continued make me want more.
Issue #7 was new last Wednesday and at the top of my stack of comics. I am really liking the character development in this issue. The beginning of this issue, the Surfer and Dawn are exploring, and come across a lighthouse-like structure. Surfer realizes too late that it's a trap, and Dawn gets dragged away and is gone. Surfer conveys to Toomie that they must focus on all the memories that they have of Dawn so they are able to locate her. This is my favorite part, seeing all the adventures that Dawn, Toomie and The Surfer have been on. All the while, Dawn and Toomie have been forming a bond of their own.
On The Moon Maze of Tauro, Dawn sends Toomie on a rescue mision, and sets everyone at ease about Toomie. She tells them Toomie is "Smart, fast, fearless and great with kids. A true champion". It was just such a well written moment and as much as I love the Silver Surfer, Toomie has grown on me by leaps and bounds. On their latest adventure, Dawn makes the Surfer feel comfortable with himself, and he "silvers down" so he can experience new things. At that very moment though, they are attacked and the Surfers arm is cut off. That is enough for him to realize he is never going to silver down again, except that's exactly what he has to do in order to get captured as Dawn did. He saves Dawn, and makes her a ring so that he can find her no matter where she is on the cosmos. Just such a sweet wrap up after our adrenaline was pumping from reading all the stories they made.
Dan Slott brings so much heart and soul to this comic. There are moments you most surely want to laugh, and moments where you can even get a little teary. It's just a complete package with this comic. I am also very fond of the parallels between The Silver Surfer and Doctor Who. Dawn makes a great "companion" to the Surfer, and they travel through time and space as heroes. My absolute favorite thing that Slott does is make you feel for the characters. The Surfer was really tormented this issue, because the thought of losing Dawn was just too much for him to bear. I have a feeling that The Silver Surfer and Toomie would search forever for her if they had to do so. I am really digging the humor he takes the time to inject into the comic as well. The fact that Dawn was abducted by the Ding-A-Ling family for a shotgun wedding was great, and the situations that they get into are funny. I am so grateful that this comic came out because I may have never read the old Silver Surfer comics. This started it all for me.
Michael Allred has created this stunning universe for the Surfer. I would have picked him every time to do this comic. The Surfer's facial expressions are realistic, and the Cosmos is just so stunning to look at. The panels are pretty creative. They remind me of a collage of images that just fit right together. Laura Allred brings so much bright color onto this book. While there is a lot going on, Dawn really stands out in her red attire. I love that she uses a lot of purples and blues and don't shy away from being bold. The art is really narrative and tells it's own story. The Slott, Allred team up is a match made in the cosmos. The work speaks for itself, and this comic is inspiring, and unstoppable.
Don't get left out in uncharted space, jump on this title!
Julz Hendricks is a co-host of the all female podcast Chickcast, as well as the We Be Geeks podcast (www.webegeeks.net). She is a huge advocate of kids' comics but reads a lot of different titles. You can find her on Twitter as @JulzHendricks.