Published by Marvel Comics, Nov. 1999
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Writer: Louise Simonson
Original Price: $2.50
History Behind Issue: Continued from Galactus: The Devourer #2 of a 6-part mini-series.
Preview by AnotherUniverse.Com: Galactus is prepared to consume the Earth-and even the power of the Avengers, the Fantastic Four and more may not be enough to stop him! You'll never believe the shocking ending-or the new beginning it unleashes! Believe it when we say the events of this issue will rock the Marvel Universe as you know it!
Issue Synopsis by James "Marvelite" Pedrick:
The story begins with all of New York City looking up into the sky, where Galactus has arrived.
The Silver Surfer quickly goes to Galactus and asks him why he has come to earth. Galactus explains that Red Shift sent him here before the Surfer destroyed him. The Surfer notices that Galactus is weak. He begs Galactus to spare earth, but Galactus blasts the Surfer away.
The blast causes the Surfer to fall, where he is caught by Alicia Masters, in her Microverse suit. Alicia is thankful the Surfer didnt die in his battle with Red Shift or Galactus, the Surfer, meanwhile, is concerned and claims he never saw Galactus like this.
Meanwhile, Mr. Fantastic has developed a photon drill powerful enough to break through Galactuss armor and disrupt its energy control, which will cause Galactus to hemorrhage energy. The Fantastic Four and Avengers must battle Galactus, so that Vision can get close enough to fire it at Galactus.
The heroes confront Galactus, who is surrounded by energy because he plans on directly assimilating earths energies. The Avengers attack, and Vision is able to successfully deploy the drill. The opening caused in Galactuss armor leaks energy. The heroes try to control it, but fail. Galactus then ceases the energy from leaking and gathers the rest of it together. He then throws it at earths heroes.
The energy hits some of the heroes and causes great devastation in the city. Luckily everyone survived the blast. Galactus then returns to his ship. Norrin Radd determines that he knows what he must do. He realizes that Galactus is desperate and does not want to destroy the Surfer or earth.
The heroes attack the ship, trying to break into it with an opening, but are unsuccessful. The Surfer is able to phase into the ship, where he sees that Galactus is very ill. Galactus says he knew Galactus would come.
Galactus then explains that he once fed on "raw inanimate worlds," but when life appeared it added flavor until he grown to only desiring planets with life. Red Shift then came to him and offered him a constant supply of it, but now he is gone.
The Surfer aks why Galactus now devours life energy alone, but Galactus responds by asking him why he would care when he is not his herald. The Surfer then agrees to be his herald again. Galactus then warns that he would have to go to planets he desired and the Surfer agrees.
The Surfer then returns to earths heroes, where Alicias armor goes away (because the threat is over.) The Surfer says his goodbyes and then goes off to find a new world for Galactus to devourer.
Next issue: Mantis!
Review by James "Marvelite" Pedrick:
This is certainly living up to all my expectations. Louise Simonson offers a great turn of events and leaves the reader guessing at what will happen next. And the next issue proves to get even better, as we wait to see how Mantis will get involved and who the other master of Red Shift is and what he/she has to do with Galactuss illness. The art also continues to improve, as John Buscema proves he can draw a good Galactus and portrays Galactuss frail condition even very well. Overall, I'd give it a full five stars, because I don't see anything that demands changing. This is shaping up to be a great mini-series, which will hopefully go on to a second mini-series if not a regular title!
Preview of issue #4 by AnotherUniverse.Com: Silver Surfer, herald of Galactus?! In the aftermath of last issue's bombastic battle with the planet eater, the Earth's heroes witness the rebirth of one of the Devourer's former heralds... the Silver Surfer?! And things go from bad to worse as the Surfer leads the hungry Galactus straight for the homeworld inhabited by his former love, Mantis!
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