Surfer #1, Vol. 2
Published by Marvel Comics
Plot: John Byrne
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History Behind Issue: Although it seems long ago now, Silver Surfer Volume 2 #1 was released in June of 1982. Although it was intended to be the premier edition of a new series, it is known today as the "One-Shot" - the single issue of volume 2.
The plot and art of the issue are both by veteran John Byrne, whose realistic style really suits the Surfer. However, this was back in the days of the "Silver Boxer Shorts," which tends to distract from the Surfer's look IMHO.
The script is the typically flowery prose of Stan Lee, but you can pretty much read the issue just by looking at Byrne's artwork. Each panel really is worth a thousand words.
Plot: We start out with the Surfer we've come to know and
love - "wallowing in self-pity" amongst the ruins of an age-old civilsation
somewhere on Earth. As this is the first Surfer story for some time, we are treated to a
re-hash of his origin, including, on page 8, the classic shot of the Surfer firing on
Galactus to save the Earth.
Anyway: So the Surfer breaks through the barrier, and makes it back to Zenn-La, only to
find that two horrible events have occurred: Firstly, Galactus has stripped the planet of
its life-energies, after giving the inhabitants 24 hours to escape. Secondly, Mephisto has
kidnapped Shalla Bal, and is holding her in his domain back on Earth. So poor old
Norrin has to travel all the way back to Earth, where he confronts, and eventually almost
defeats, Mephisto. However, Mephisto plays the ultimate trick - he sends Shalla Bal back
to Zenn-La, once again out of Norrin's reach.
Comments: It's hard not to like this issue. Even though it's incredibly cheezy and quite melodramatic compared to some of the Volume 3 stories, it has that charm of being "classic Surfer." That is, it was written back when the Surfer was still a relatively "fresh" character, and his battles with Mephisto were the kind that rocked the Marvel Universe.
Mephisto himself seems a lot more devious and powerful here than he has recently.
Written by MHamilton@bunge.com.au
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