Story: Ron Marz
Art: Ron Lim, Don Ho
Colors: Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
What They Say:
Genis-Vell is unstuck in time! Now the only one who can save the young hero is…THANOS?! Turning to the Mad Titan would be dangerous enough for the Surfer, but he doesn’t realize that Genis is trapped with a living weapon, forged for the sole purpose of killing Thanos! Can this fragile alliance survive the wrath of Norrin Radd, the Fallen One: THE BLACK SURFER?!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
After the recent Ghost Light series for Silver Surfer, I was feeling the need for a bit more of this great character. While that title didn’t feature him as heavily as some others, it was an enjoyable enough romp that tied back to the very early days of Marvel’s modern era. But discovering that the glory days team of the 1990s Silver Surfer was doing a new limited series with writer Ron Marz, who crafted some great stories back during my heyday, had me on board with ease. Ron Lim’s talents never falter in my mind and while he retains a lot of the same style over the years it’s grown well in subtle ways and the strong color design from Fajardo helps accentuate it as does the way Don Ho inks his pencils. The combination is fantastic across the border and takes me back to a certain time and place while still being very much of today with what it’s doing.
As we cross the halfway mark here things are pretty much focused on the action but it has some amusing moments along the way that are tied to the lengthy history of the characters. Having the Surfer and Thanos arrive at this end-of-time place and seeing Genis facing off against the Black Surfer certainly puts them in a confusing state. Thanos is the most amusing as he sees this as a fight he’s longed for and boots up the reality gem so he can go toe-to-toe with the Black Surfer that wields Mjolnir. It’s definitely a fun if short fight overall, as you get the Black Surfer talking about how he’s done this before and that it’s all a given conclusion at this point. The back and forth works well and having Genis step in to help is an extra amusing moment considering the history they all share through Genis’ father but it ends up being a surprisingly sweet moment in its own way as well.
With the Silver Surfer himself, he’s doing some good duty in helping Genis at first because Genis is struggling physically thanks to the temporal issues, shifting from quite old to really young. It’s progressing in a way that’s going to tear his body apart, which has the Surfer opting to absorb this energy himself in order to protect him. Thankfully, we see that it doesn’t impact the Surfer the same way but it ends up causing him to be unable to fight and help Genis and Thanos. And because it’s temporal energy, it doesn’t take long for him to get thrown into some other time and place that’s to be truly determined. What we do see is a pretty fun moment of him waking up on a strange world with a strange creature only to discover that not only is Frankie there but Galactus as well. I haven’t seen either of them in forever and knowing this is some distant future is certainly interesting, no matter the timeline it takes place in.
This series is proving to be a fair bit of fun in a light way but I’m still not sure of what its purpose is. Surfer himself has felt like a secondary character – once again in his own series – and while the bits with Genis and Thanos are interesting they’re not carrying the whole book. The artwork is strong and fun, especially when you get Thanos and the Black Surfer fighting, but the best moments came from Thanos and Genis talking and Thanos simply bluntness across the board. It’s all interesting but the big picture still feels very weak overall. Not everything has to be meaningful but it should have a point or be trying to say something.
Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Marvel Comics
Release Date: November 15th, 2023