Surfer #7, Vol. 3
Published by Marvel Comics
Writer: Steve Englehart
Original Price: $0.75
History Behind Issue:The Surfer faces Shalla Bal and the Supreme Intelligence! Guess who hurts him most! Plus: Mantis faces defeat at that closest to her! And the Elders are coming closer to destroying the entire universe!
Plot: While three Kree Destructoids are on their way to Zenn-La, they notice a small speck intercepting them. We all know who it is, of course, none other than the skyrider of the spaceways, the Silver Surfer! Two of the big pink guys head for the planet, while one stays behind to deal with the tiny threat. As Norrin Radd crashes right through their ship, they quickly reassess their opinion :) The other two ships are descending on the planet, commenting how barbaric it looks (since Galactus left it on the brink of destruction in the one-shot Marvel is reprinting in only a few weeks!).
They dont understand why the Supreme Intelligence would send thousands of soldiers to this primitive world, but we all know they have a helluva surprise coming! When Shalla Bal commands them to leave Zenn-La at once, or their protector will teach them a lesson, the commanding officers dont understand. When the Silver Surfer suddenly cuts one of the Destructoids in two, they do :)
Norrin urges the other one to surrender, but since they are Kree,
they dont have any intention of doing so, on the contrary, they have barely begun
their attack. The Surfer disagrees, and although he is suffering some problems as he
hasnt had the time to probe their defense systems, he quickly brings the battle to
an end by dismembering the contraption. He then enters the ship, bringing the
Kree the same message he gave the Skrulls last issue: Zenn-La must not get involved in
their war. The commanding officer responses only the Supreme Intelligence has the
authority to think about the Surfers offer, upon which Norrin decides to take the
matter to the Kree leader himself. After having warned the captain to make some repairs to
his ship as itll be towed away where he cannot harm Zenn-La, the Surfer soars to his
once-beloved Shalla Bal.
He reminds her that he wouldnt be protecting his homeplanet if
that were true, and leaves, leaving behind a very distraught Shalla Bal. Meanwhile, Mantis
is being born again, as she has transfered her conscience from body to plant
putting her in the ability to travel quite a long distance without becoming tired.
Shes still pursuing the Elders, who have hidden themselves on this luscious green
planet we call Earth, apparently not knowing of Mantiss contact with the plantlife.
The Obliterator is absent after events in SS#5 (and by the way, his name is Maht Pacle),
and its pretty obvious Ego cant be attending either. They seem to think the
Obliterator has destroyed the Surfer and his lady-friend. Again they begin to throw around
accusations between themselves, but the
The hard part is destroying Galactus, of course :) But with the six
Soul Gems, itll be a doozie. A nice nod to continuity here, as its mentioned
that five of them (Gardy has the sixth) were destroyed in the battle between Thanos and
the Avengers in Avengers Annual #7. The Astronomer then says they simply cannot die, and
when the Runner asks why, hes answered he wouldnt understand (well,
thats easy, innit?) No, the real answer is that when Iron Man destroyed the
synthetic gem created by merging the five others, they were warped through hyperspace, and
through various means the
The Surfers not happy, and pleads the S.I. to think it over:
otherwise hell have the Silver Surfer as an enemy. Then, without warning, the
Intelligence attacks brutally, and though Norrin fights him with all his heart, he
failsand falls! With the help of his soul gem, he stole the Surfers soul! He
acquired it to insure his sanity, as he had been forced to absorb pink minds, making the
constant bitching in his head not a bit
Comments: I was specifically partial to the argument between Norrin
and Shalla Bal.
I dont get it, on one page, Rogers gives us some beautiful coloring, on another, it just looks silly (or I am thát tasteless, thats possible too). Take the Destructoids scene: the ships look pink, the sky looks pink, the mountains look pink. Heres a message, Marshall: way too much pink! Im not reading Barbie, you know :) The references to previous stories are nice, but this issue theyre overused, and it slows the story a bit. And the cover wasnt spectacular either, in fact, I found it quite dull. For the rest, art- and storywise, everything was just dandy.
A very nice issue, but somehow, without there being a lot of bad things, it still didnt have a very big impact on me. Everything was told well, but the story itself lacked something, although there were quite a few cute and exciting scenes. So I have to admit that I dont really know why Im only going to give this issue three-and-a-half stars. Perhaps too much was repeated from previous issues, perhaps things went too slow, perhaps the spark just wasnt there. Maybe it should get four stars, but Ill stay with my first thought, and thats three-and-a-half, which, mind you, is still a lot above average. Put in words, this quotation would translate into something like a nice read when youre already following the Surfers adventures, but unable to captivate you when its your first issue.
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