Need a smile, but can’t seem to get out of the doldrums? Buy this book. It’s so damn good at capturing the wonderment and awe of being alive and this issue is most likely will deliver. We check it out to make sure, but is it good?
Silver Surfer #9 (Marvel Comics)
So what’s it about? Check out our preview.
Why does this book matter?
This is the best place to find Mike Allred and Laura Allred’s current work. Add in Dan Slott’s incredible sense of fun and exploration and this is a must read series.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
This issue weaves in the very real threat of humankind destroying our Earth via pollution through the exploration of a mysterious planet. On top of that there’s a clever mind bending moment for Dawn that sci-if fans will love. Slott has Silver Surfer and Dawn explore completely destroyed planets, only to find a Jetsons-like planet that turns out to be the third try for its people; you see, they trashed the previous planets, but now live perfectly fine (that is, if you’re cool with throwing away your body)!
Later on in the issue, Silver Surfer rushes to save Dawn and it’s a nice way of showing he’s still capable of hurting innocent folks (if his hand is forced). It’s also a sign he’s truly in love with Dawn. The mind bending threat Dawn faces is just quirky enough for this series and should have fans wondering what it’d be like to be in Dawn’s shoes.
It’s the Jetsons!
The Allreds continue to put on a show. Surfer looks as good as ever and there’s some interesting translucent visuals used later in the issue to convey the dilemma for Dawn. Later, when a great machine is shown, Mike Allred draws it with incredible detail, which starkly contrasts the more simplistic look of the characters. Plus the powers cosmic show up which always look rather cool.
It can’t be perfect can it?
There’s a big focus on the grossness of humans and how they excrete waste which seems to stand out. It’s a neat way to show how even Silver Surfer thinks human bodily function is gross, but the focus seems to get away from the point the book is making. The icky nature of human waste is shameful apparently and it doesn’t quite jive with the rest of the narrative.
Is It Good?
Silver Surfer and Dawn go on an adventure that informs the reader in a clever way that pollution is real and protecting our environment should be our highest goal. Slott and Allred have created a wacky and weird premise to wrap this very serious story in, which makes for a trippy science fiction twist.