Surfer #145, Vol. 3
Published by Marvel Comics
Late October, 1998
"And in the End..."
Writer: John Marc DeMatteis
Original Price: $1.99
History Behind Issue: The conclusion of "The Mergence Saga," continued from issue #144
Plot: Somewhere in Sub-Atomica...
But before carrying out your execution-- we must thank you for vanquishing the Silver Surfer... for he was the only factor that prevented us from absorbing Earth. This night-- at long last-- every living thing upon this world--BECOMES OURS!"
Tenebrae rises. "You are mistaken vessel of the Mergence. It was not my choice to be cut off from you. I do not prefer individual existence to existence within the group mind. This situation was thrust upon me."
The green alien face leers at her, It's razor sharp teeth
"NO!" bellows the collective entity. "You are tainted! Unlike the lower forms of life we absorb, you were one of us-- and turned your face from the ALL-IN-ALL! To let such poison re-enter the Mergence would be a desecration of what we are! Your consciousness-- -- must be totally erased from the psychic continuum!"
In a faint voice she calls to Psycho-Man and he replies, "At your service, my dear! completely-- at you service!" With the surfer's power cosmic to fuel his weapons he has no fear that the Mergence will fall. At the click of a button.
FZZZZAKKKKTT! The weapons lock and discharge on the combined intelligence with incredible concessive force. SKTOOOOM! At just this moment Alicia arrives. She sees the villainous couple scoop up the Surfer and begin to enter their ship. She attacks. Tenebrae whirls and points with a clawed finger and orders Cy-phyrr to terminate her. He acknowledges the order and rockets to intercept. "Subject: Alicia Masters... prepare to be eradicated."
"Y'know, Cy-phyrr-- you may fool other people with that cold and emotionless robot routine-- But I think I've gotten to know you pretty well during our journeys together! Underneath that icy exterior is a heart that is proud, as noble, as passionate as the Surfer's-- and I think it's time you admitted it!" Coldly he restates his purpose and imperatives. "Now prepare to die."
"You can't do it, Cy-phyrr! You won't! and I am willing-- to
bet my life on it!"
Cy-phyrr interrupts "To put it in the parlance of your race--"
"EMBRACE THIS."FWA-KOOOOM!!" Alicia, the
quantum armor protecting her, is hurled across the desert. The robot realizes the armor
must be dissolved if he is to terminate the subject. Crawling out of the small crater she
created upon impact Alicia replies "To put it in the parlance of my race-- DISSOLVE
The Surfer lays groaning on the floor "Alicia...?" Psycho-Man notices our hero stirring, but Tenebrae dismisses Silverado in his weakened condition. "Fire!" she urges her companion. Bombarded by Psycho-Man's weapons the Mergence's host kneels, writhing in pain.
"It is too late, Tenebrae! We have unleashed the null-wave! In
a matter of seconds it will engulf your ship-- and all within it-- --permeating your
hearts, your minds, your souls! In a matter of seconds-- you will be erased from reality!
It will be as if you have never existed!"
The null-wave begins to ripple through the evil duo's being. Growing
terror spreads on Tenebrae's face as Psycho-Man races to focus his psycho-Kinetic weapons
upon the Mergence and stop the null-wave. The Surfer plunges into the blazing engine core.
"But there is another question-- that hovers, unspoken, in your thoughts." "Yes," says the Surfer, "When last we met-- when I repelled your invasion of Earth-- I felt a gleaming terror emanating from you. As if I--"
The Mergence finishes his sentence, "--Were the one being in all creation that the Mergence fears? Yes it is true. We see no reason to deny it. Someday you will understand-- who and what you truly are. Someday you will know why, in your presence, even your creator, the great GALACTUS-- knows a deep undoubted dread."
But before the Surfer can get any more answers Alicia appears and
the Mergence vanishes. Silverado rushes to her side and embraces her. They kiss. He
asks about the armor. Alicia says it may not be fashionable but it helped her take care of
"This unit-- does not require your assistance"
Comments: This issue was less spectacular than the last two. The action was a little rushed and everything tied up too neat and tidy. I would have liked more hint of Tenebrae's return or more about the exact fate of the Coroner. It was not made clear whether he was reabsorbed by the Mergence or abandoned. Muth's art is still inconsistent. The best thing about this issue (other than it being DeMatties's last) was the double sized splash page! Though no quite as good as the previous two issues splash pages, it was still very enjoyable. Muth's splash pages make me like him more than any thing else in the mag. The parallel between the Surfer and Cy-phyrr falls some what flat. If you thought it was leading some where, sorry, not really. At best it shows that The Surfer had more humanity in him when he first met Alicia then he thinks. I found it disappointing that this foil for the Surfer did not give us greater insight to the depths of the Surfer's being. I also found these cryptic references toward a "great destiny" to be trite and unsubstantial. It feels more like hype & fluff than good writing, especially since DeMatteis isn't going to be around to do something with it.
The five page story at the end is more fluff! A small speech by the Surfer winding him up in The Arms of Alicia Masters. Not really enlightening. All in all a descent issue, standard for this collaborative team but not their best either.
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