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Silver Surfer # 1, 2 3 - Dan Slott Mike Allred

Written by Arion on Wednesday, July 16 2014 and posted in Blog
Silver Surfer # 1, 2 3 - Dan Slott Mike Allred

When Stan Lee and Jack Kirby introduced Silver Surfer to the public in the pages of Fantastic Four, he was the herald of Galactus, an obedient servant that would find worlds so that his master could devour them thus placating his endless hunger.

But immediately after his memorable first appearance, Silver Surfer became something else, something harder to define. He was a rebel who would fight against Galactus in order to save Earth, but he was also a melancholic outcast, a misunderstood loner, an unwilling hero with enough inner doubts to compete against Shakespeare’s Hamlet. 

Dan Slott recovers the cosmic grandeur present in the origin of the character and grounds it with the incorporation of Dawn, an ordinary girl from Earth that suddenly turns into “The Most Important Person in the Universe” (coincidentally, the title of the inaugural chapter).

Everything and All at Once” describes Dawn’s adventures, as she manages to free herself from her alien captors and has enough courage and charisma to lead a revolt against the Incredulous Zed and his powerful army. But it’s only in the third chapter, titled “Change of Heart”, when we get to admire the full scope of Slott’s ambitious tale. For me, the moments shared between the Never Queen and Eternity are priceless. They are also a magnificent homage to Marvel’s cosmic past.

Of course, as you may have imagined, I didn’t buy this title only because of Dan Slott. I should say, in fact, that I bought it because of Michael Allred and Laura Allred, one of my favorite artistic teams. Last year they graced the pages of FF (as a matter of fact, in FF # 16, they portrayed a vibrant and very likeable Silver Surfer, perhaps a prophecy of what was yet to come).

With only a few issues, I’ve already read a lot of positive comments about this new Silver Surfer series. I would say it is by far the best treatment of Galactus’s herald that I’ve seen in decades. And it is all thanks to the great creative team formed by Dan Slott and Mike Allred.

For the past few years, Slott has been comfortably entrenched in the gulfs of the Spider-Man universe, but once upon a time he was a new writer, someone completely unknown, someone eager to tell stories about the human –and the superhuman– condition. When I read his first issues in She-Hulk I knew I had found someone special, an author with a refreshing perspective and an impeccable sense of humor. And all of that is rescued in the pages of Silver Surfer. 

Because Slott does succeed in combining the cosmic threats and larger-than-life heroes with clever jokes, sharing always the sensibilities of Russell T. Davies (creator of famous British series like “Queer as Folk”), the man responsible for the current success of “Doctor Who” (in fact, Slott publicly acknowledges his creative debt with Mr. Davies). Even Silver Surfer’s sense of grandeur, the impossible odds and the extraterrestrial threats, seem to keep the same jovial spirit of a legendary TV series like “Doctor Who”.

So do I recommend Silver Surfer? Yes, by all means!  
Silver Surfer # 1, 2 3 - Dan Slott Mike Allred
Silver Surfer using his cosmic powers / Silver Surfer usando sus poderes cósmicos

Silver Surfer # 1, 2 3 - Dan Slott Mike Allred

Cuando Stan Lee y Jack Kirby presentaron a Silver Surfer en las páginas de los Cuatro Fantásticos, él era el heraldo de  Galactus, un sirviente obediente que encontraba mundos para que su amo pudiese devorarlos y, así, aplacar su hambre infinita.

Pero inmediatamente después de su memorable primera aparición, Silver Surfer se convirtió en algo más, algo difícil de definir. Fue un rebelde que peleó contra Galactus para salvar la Tierra, pero también fue un marginado melancólico, un solitario incomprendido, un héroe por obligación con suficientes dudas internas para competir con el Hamlet de Shakespeare. 

Dan Slott recupera la grandeza cósmica presente en el origen del personaje y la asienta en tierra firme con la incorporación de Dawn, una chica ordinaria de la Tierra que repentinamente se convierte en “La persona más importante del universo” (no es coincidencia que ese sea el título del capítulo inaugural).

“Todos y todo a la vez” describe las aventuras de Dawn, quien se las arregla para liberarse de sus captores alienígenos y tiene suficiente valentía y carisma para liderar una revolución en contra de Zed, el Incrédulo y su poderosa armada. Pero es sólo en el tercer capítulo, titulado “Cambio de corazón”, cuando podemos admirar el verdadero alcance del ambicioso relato de Slott. Para mí, los momentos compartidos entre la Reina Nunca y Eternidad son invalorables. También son un magnífico homenaje al pasado cósmico de Marvel.
Silver Surfer # 1, 2 3 - Dan Slott Mike Allred
Never Queen's heart / el corazón de la Reina Nunca

Desde luego, como pueden haber imaginado, no compré este título sólo por Dan Slott. Debería decir, de hecho, que lo compré por Michael Allred y Laura Allred, uno de mis equipos artísticos favoritos. El año pasado agraciaron las páginas de "FF" (de hecho, en el FF # 16, retrataron a un Silver Surfer vibrante y muy simpático, tal vez una profecía de lo que estaba por venir).

Con pocos números, ya he leído muchos comentarios positivos sobre esta nueva colección de Silver Surfer. Yo diría que es de lejos el mejor tratamiento del heraldo de Galactus que he visto en décadas. Y es todo gracias al gran equipo creativo formado por Dan Slott y Mike Allred.

En años recientes, Slott se había atrincherado cómodamente en las cavidades del universo de "Spider-Man", pero hace mucho tiempo él fue un escritor nuevo, alguien completamente desconocido, alguien impaciente por contar historias sobre la condición humana –y la superhumana. Cuando leí sus primeros números en "She-Hulk" supe que había encontrado a alguien especial, a un autor con una perspectiva refrescante y un impecable sentido del humor. Y todo ello es rescatado en las páginas de "Silver Surfer". 

Silver Surfer # 1, 2 3 - Dan Slott Mike Allred
Never Queen & Eternity
Y es que Slott tiene éxito al combinar las amenazas cósmicas y los héroes legendarios con bromas astutas, compartiendo siempre las sensibilidades de Russell T. Davies (creador de famosas series británicas como “Queer as Folk”), el hombre responsable por el éxito actual de “Doctor Who” (de hecho, Slott admite públicamente su deuda creativa con el señor Davies). Incluso el sentido de grandeza de Silver Surfer, los retos imposibles y las amenazas extraterrestres, parecen conservar el mismo espíritu jovial de una serie de televisión tan legendaria como “Doctor Who”.
Silver Surfer # 1, 2 3 - Dan Slott Mike Allred
Silver Surfer & Dawn

Así que, ¿les recomiendo Silver Surfer? ¡Claro que sí! 

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