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Marvel has released the cover for the first issue of its upcoming cosmic crossover event: Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex Alpha, which launches in February.
The issue will be penned by Sam Humphries (Ultimate Comics Ultimates, Uncanny X-Force), with art and cover by Ed McGuinness (Superman/Batman, Deadpool). The Alpha issue will launch the crossover that will continue in issues of Guardians of the Galaxy, Legendary Star-Lord, All-New X-Men, Captain Marvel, Nova, Cyclops and more.
The Black Vortex is an ancient artifact that can unlock any user’s true cosmic potential, similar to Jean Grey’s transformation into the Phoenix, or Norin Radd becoming the Silver Surfer. Now the Black Vortex has been claimed by gangster Mr. Knife and Thanos’ son Thane. The Guardians of the Galaxy, the X-Men, and their allies must unite to save the universe from impending galactic chaos.
This July, the smash hit series of All-New Marvel NOW! continues in SILVER SURFER #4 – from the chart-topping creative team of Dan Slott and Mike Allred! They’ve journeyed the cosmos together, but now it is time to return Dawn Greenwood home. Only to do so, the Silver Surfer must travel to the one place in the galaxy he dreads the most – the Planet Earth! Only he gets a little more than he bargained for on the way. And what should be a quick drop off turns into a very strange adventure when the Guardians of the Galaxy get involved! Plus, don’t miss a guest appearance from two of the Surfer’s Defenders teammates – Doctor Strange and the Incredible Hulk! Don’t miss the book everyone is talking about this July in SILVER SURFER #4!
A new take on Marvel’s iconic, cosmic philosopher – courtesy of Slott and the Allreds
Every comic book story is a combination, in differing proportions, of words and art. Sometimes it’s a bad mix. Egos come into play and each creator fights to assert his or her own dominance on the project. Sometimes those fights produce masterpieces, other times the partnership falls apart and the work suffers. In this case it seems that Dan Slott is able to work well within the deliciously offbeat Allred universe.
The Silver Surfer is almost a religious figure at Marvel Comics. He has been used in years past to wrestle with all sorts of large philosophical questions. Dan Slott gets right to the point with the Surfer’s first scene. After saving the life of an entire planet, our hero rejects their adulation. “I deserve neither praise nor glory,” he thinks. Is the author telling us he intends to stay far away from this aspect of the character’s past or is this just a quick reminder of the nature of the Surfer’s personality and place in the universe?
The rest of the issue reads like a fun romp through an issue of Madman. Our journey includes strange environments, bizarre aliens and hipster girls that somehow reject and yet fit right in with the weird surroundings. It seems like Slott is having fun here. He is as much a tourist as his audience and his protagonist. Even so, the author is keeping us on course. I particularly enjoyed how he engineered the introduction of what will most likely be the Surfer’s new love interest. This first issue kept moving yet also stayed dedicated to careful story crafting.
Michael Allred’s art seems like a perfect fit for the Silver Surfer’s universe. He has taken a decidedly Jack Kirby take on our hero while immersing him completely into a universe filled with Allred goodies. For those unfamiliar with his work, Allred uses an amazing combination of art deco, pop art and 50’s kitsch. The boundaries of his imagination seem set a little further out than most artists. That being said his work in this issue is a terrific mix of outlandish elements and classic comic book components.
The book’s art also delivers a few wow moments as well. The reveal of the Impericon on the middle splash page is something that I could look at forever. Allred also took a very unique turn at retelling the Surfer’s origin (of sorts) by having scenes from his past appear as reflections on his silvery skin.
Laura Allred’s colors amaze as well. She seems to having fun with the Silver Surfer’s classic blue highlights. She uses a pleasing mix of colored pencil effect that boarders at times on water colors when smoothed out. Even so, the Surfer retains his sleek appearance. I also liked how she worked from a complementary palate for each environment but still managed to appropriately adapt to each world. Dawn’s coastal home, for example, has its blues and beiges but also contains a fun pop of pink, yellow and red as needed.
What to look for
Dan Slott’s humor and storytelling mixed with the beautiful Allred art.
What might put you off
Some of Allred’s work may seem too weird or out there for fans of more traditional comic art
This is a must read. These creators are an excellent combination for this character who at times can come off stiff and unrelatable.
Title Silver Surfer
Issue Number 1
Release Date 3/26/2014
Writer Dan Slott
Artist Michael Allred
Colorist Laura Allred
Letterer Clayton Cowles
Editor Tom Brevoort
Reviewed by Geoff Jolliff
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