Surfer #5, Vol. 3
Published by Marvel Comics
Writer: Steve Englehart
Original Price: $0.75
History Behind Issue: While the Silver Surfer and Mantis must confront the deadly Obliterator, the Skrulls face their greatest challenge and the Kree attempt to infiltrate the Skrull ranks! And it all leads to the second Kree-Skrull war!
Plot: We start in the middle of a battle between the Surfer and the Obliterator. Since Mantis cant fly, she isnt of much use in the battle and must be content to just float and pray the Surfer will beat or outrun the Obliterator. When the Obliterator nearly hits Mantis, the Surfer attacks head-on, hurling them both unto a planet where lava is the main attraction. An interesting sidenote, when the Obliterator calls the Surfer by his real name, Norrin says that part of his persona is gone, along with the woman he cared for. Nice. As they crash into the surface, Mantis hopes hell come out unhurt, since there are no plants on the planet, and she needs those to cure his injuries, should he have any. Luckily, the Surfer is alright, and the Obliterator is temporarily held up because he cannot fly through the molten lava.
Shifting to the Skrulls, we see the Celestial of last issue still standing above the city, doing, well, nothing at all really. Kylor, self-appointed emperor of the Skrulls wants to know what the Celestials business is, and attempts to converse with Jemiah the Analyzer, as he is called. (Hey, does anybody know what the names of all the known Celestials are? I for one dont, so Im really curious. Just a question.) Kylor then recaps the history of the Skrulls, and we get a bit of cosmic pedigree here. When their race was only in its earliest stages, they were experimented on by the Celestials, who created three species where there was only one before, namely the Deviants, the Eternals and the latents (normal humans). The Deviants, who could shift their shapes, grew into two strains, the Skrulls and the Dire Wraiths. The Skrulls then destroyed the Eternals and the latents, drove the Wraiths away, and began to build their galaxy-spanning empire. So much for some Skrull background. Kylor now tries anything to get the Celestial to talk, but it doesnt work. So they attack him... And it doesnt work. They threw everything they got on him, but he still stands there, unmoving, waiting for what? And at the very same time Kylor hopes that the Kree havent discovered that they lost their powers, a Kree spy is being brought to his world to confirm the Supreme Intelligences suspicions.
Meanwhile, the Surfer confronts Mantis about their kiss last issue. She admits she likes him, and he must admit it has been a long time since last he kissed a woman (not that he ever kissed a man, mind you :) Not only that, he and his beloved actually only kissed three times since he became silvery all over, can you believe it?! After all these years of unsatisfied longing, he finally meets a woman who not only cares for him, but has time for him too. Not only that, shes an empath, and so she knows what hes thinking (heh heh). But when she calls him Norrin, again he stresses that Norrin Radd does no longer exist. His body is silver, not flesh, and as the Silver Surfer, he must always be alone. Suffice it to say, Mantis doesnt agree, not by a long shot. But then they are blasted by the Obliterator again, and they are caught in a battle for dear life!
This time its the Surfers turn to stand back, as Mantis is master over all the plant life on this planet, ensuring her of a powerful array of weaponry indeed! Though the Obliterator believes her to be just a flea to be easily taken caren of, shes more of a hardcase than he thought. But it seems as if Mantis is a little bit too overconfident, as she is knocked down by some kind of gas and then... obliterated.
In the meantime, the Kree spy has landed on the Skrull world. After disguising himself, he hitches a ride with a Skrull. But luck isnt on his side, as the Skrulls had been expecting him, and are eager to find out what his commander knows exactlyand they arent going to be picky about the methods to extract this information from him.
Meanwhile, the Surfer is trying to beat the Obliterator, but fails
(funny enough; youd think that the Power Cosmic would be no match for some guns, now
would you) and is about to be destroyed, when he comes up with a cunning plan. His Power
Cosmic cannot hurt the Obliterator (why I dont know exactly, are the Elders really
that powerful?), but he sure can transform his weapons molecules, rendering them
harmless. And so, the Obliterator shall obliterate no more (since his transportation
devices are also changed). Now he has nothing to live for anymore, and yet he cannot
And at that moment, on the Skrull world, after having learned that the Kree about their inability to shift shapes, Kylor has declared war on the Kree once againand the universe shall tremble! Woo-hoo!
Comments: I loved it! The story was exciting all the way, we got some great emotion, some angst, some mystery, and an ending that made me gasp! The art was gorgeous, the coloring was beautiful, and the page with just twelve times Kylors head was fantastic (all the different emotions on his face, it was fun and dramatic at the same time)! The best issue yet, really!
The Obliterator gave up a bit quickly, making the battle end somewhat disappointingly in my opinion, but Im still going to give it five stars (yet again, is this getting boring or what? :) Read it, read it, read it, thats all I have to say!
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