Surfer #23, Vol. 3
Published by Marvel Comics
Writer: Steve Englehart
Original Price: $0.75
Warning: Let me start out by declaring that this review is going to be slightly biased. Issue #23 is my favorite Silver Surfer story of all time. Surprised? I mean: It's just a "filler" issue! It isn't part of some huge plot. It doesn't have any guest stars.
It is, however, the kind of action/tragedy that completely suits the Surfer. Englehart remains, in my opinion, one of the best writers of the third volume.
The first few pages are nothing out of the ordinary. We get a few shots of the people of an alien world spying the Surfer flying past. Presumably this all happened long ago. We cut to a few panels of the Surfer flying through space with some appropriately philosophical text.
Then we hit page 3.
Plot: When their star threatened to nova, a race of peaceful,
reptilian "dragons" loaded their entire population onto a huge space fleet, and
set off looking for an uncolonized planet to live on. Soon, however, they ran short of
fuel, and so stopped on a planet inhabited by humanoids in search of the cazalyte crystal
that powered their ships.
Comments: Need I say more? This issue has everything! Killer art, a fight scene, and an ironic plot that has both a happy and sad ending.
Written by Matthew Hamilton
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