GRAPHIC NOVELS

Silver Surfer: Black Treasury Edition

Marvel. Jan. 2020. 120p. ISBN 9781302917432. pap. $29.99. SF
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Haunted by having spent years bearing witness to planetary destruction while serving as the herald of Galactus, the Silver Surfer dedicated himself to preserving life and serving as a beacon of hope across the universe. After barely surviving a fall into a black hole, the Surfer emerges billions of years in the past. Weakened and disoriented, he only manages to survive an attack by Knull, the God of the Dark, owing to the intervention of Ego the Living Planet. As he rests in anticipation of another clash against Knull, the Surfer makes a startling discovery—his former master in embryonic form. By destroying Galactus, he’ll save billions of lives…at the cost of his soul. Cates (Guardians of the Galaxy. Vol. 1: The Final Gauntlet) provides lyrical, contemplative narration as the Silver Surfer ponders his fate, but the five single issues collected in this oversized treasury edition work best as a showcase for the stunning illustrations from Moore (The New World), which combine psychedelia, cubism, and classic superhero art techniques to fill every page with mind-boggling images that burst with vibrant colors provided by Stewart (“Hellboy” series).
VERDICT A gorgeous interstellar adventure dedicated to Silver Surfer cocreator Stan Lee.

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