Recap : Shalla-Bal attacked earth trying to replace all of culture as we know it with that of the Zenlovians homeworld. In order to save Norrin’s adopted world he has to take the drastic measure of removing the Culture of Zen-La from the universe.
Before I talk about my thoughts on the issue lets talk about probably the best thing from the whole issue. Mike Allred has created a very unforgettable and puzzling issue cover. Not only is it a visually impressive piece, it has also become a game to see who can name all the people on it. Mike has even said that he has not even told Laura Allred who the whole list is and will be keeping it close to his chest for now. So the game to find out who they all are is afoot.
Warning the following will contain spoilers of the issue.
This issue focuses on the aftermath from the Zen-La attack. The whole world can not stop showing affection for the silver surfer and he is awarded a Key to Earth. Norrin and Dawn bast in this admiration before it all gets to much for Norrin and they both head back home (Anchor Bay) . Norrin comes to terms that the world and the universe as he knows it have changed; including his own clothes when he tries to silver down.
Norrin starts to fit into his new early home along side the Greenwood’s and even sits for a family photo.
Confronted directly with a future without the Zen-la culture, Norrin seeks advice from an old friend. ‘The Watcher’ who we find is no longer on the moon and the stranger who is in his place informs Norrin that he indeed killed the watcher and has taken his place.
As usual I do not like to spoil the whole of the issue so this leaves it at half way through the trade.
I personally am really enjoying the art and story of this volume of the Silver Surfer, I like to see that the series is keeping to the long deep inner need of the Silver Surfer and that of needing a place in the universe. I hope to see that the future is bright for Dawn and Norrin. Will they end up together? Is there a future for Norrin now that Zen-la’s memory has been taken away from the universe. I personally can not wait to see where this goes.
Today over on facebook Mike Allred released preview information for issue 8 of volume 8.
So here it is in all of its outsanding glory.
SILVER SURFER #8
DAN SLOTT (W) • MICHAEL ALLRED (A/C)
• Accidentally swallowed by Jumbonox the Giganormous, the Surfer and Dawn are rescued by a society of sentient macro-microorganisms…
• …who, by no fault of their own, might just be the deadliest disease in the universe.
Tomorrow is the release of Issue 4 and while we sit here waiting for the shops to give us our copy here is some issue cover previews, These covers and descriptions where taken from the Michael Allred / Madman Facebook page.
After Norrin Radd’s massive status quo change in the 50th Anniversary issue (no spoilers!), it’s now Dawn Greenwood’s turn. With one simple act of kindness, the Surfer may have forever changed her world.
What’s going on? Why is San Francisco overrun by monsters? And what wall-crawling, web-spinning guest star is swinging by to help out? (Okay, we’ll tell you that one! It’s Peter Parker, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN!)
• All this and tons of cosmic weirdness, surprise super heroes and special stories as we celebrate the 200th SILVER SURFER issue!
Norrin and Dawn are back out in space and back in trouble!
While at the universe’s slickest space casino, the Silver Surfer may be gambling away more than he thinks.
The stakes have never been this cosmic!
Silver Surfer, Volume 8, Issue 7
What do you think of the covers. Let me know in the comments below.
May started off with an amazing tweet series from the great Dan Slott on how they make an issue of the Silver Surfer. The tweets focused on the now very infamous issue 11 (Möbius strip) from last year.
Here is the tweets that Dan Posted on his twitter page. Please click through and read all the extra information, it is an amazing insight into the silver surfer world and all the minds behind the team bringing us all these non stop great issues, and of course it means that Dan Slott has provided us with so many more insider Silver Surfer images. 🙂 I will try to add them to a behind the scenes gallery here soon.
SILVER SURFER #11 was a bizarre comic to work on.
Here’s a look at how our 31 page “Möbius strip issue” got made… pic.twitter.com/cXueO3zyYu
Oh what an issue, what an issue. A 50th anniversary issue that can not be forgotten.
Rating : 5 / 5
[Issue Spoilers Ahead : Please do not read any further if you do not want to know what happens]
Dan Slott and Michael Allred kept saying that this issue was going to be special and boy did they live up to that promise.
Shalla Bal has come back and with her has brought the weight of the Zenn-Lavian home worlds greatest weapon the ‘The Illuminatrix‘. The Earth is slowly being consumed by the ideal world that Zenn-la, all of Earths culture is slowly being erased and replaced. In return all the people of earth have to do is give up the your world as they know it, and as we know the Silver Surfer will not stand for anything that threatens hes new home world ‘Earth’.
The Silver Surfer battles off alongside Ben Grimm some of the Earths Avengers until he finally decides to use all of his cosmic powers to undo what the machine has done including all the places in the universe the machine has affected and wiping out the culture that is Zenn-la from existence.
The Silver Surfer plummets back to the ground with all hes power cosmic drained and declared Dead. But this can not be the end for the Silver Surfer surely. Only we will know the outcome when he returns in the next Issue.
Did you read the issue? What do you think of the story arch and where the team are taking it? Let me know below in the comments.
During the last weekly update you may have noticed I have picked up 3 issues of the 2012 run of ‘The Defenders’. I enjoyed the comics so much I knew I had to try and get the rest of the run. I searched through ebay and found a good deal on the whole 12 issues so I quickly snapped them all up. So now I find myself with a couple of extra copies.
I really enjoyed the story line but I was less than happy with the visual representation of our Silver guy, that is apart from one panel in the series.
Have you read the series what did you think? How was this interpretation of the Silver Surfer for you?
So with out anymore interruptions here is all 12 covers in their glory. Tell me what you think.
The upcoming next issue for the Silver Surfer is a special one. For over 50 years we have been graced with story after story of the Silver cosmic power wielding super hero; protecting not only Earth but the universe from various races and situation we find ourselves in.
This next issue from Dan Slott and Mike Allred Have devised a situation that could change the very world of the Silver Surfer as we know it and with the preview cover of issue 4 showing the Silver guy in a hospital bed. What could that mean?
I really have a passion for wanting to share with you all about how my journey of all the known silver surfer comics is going, however I find that with each new post about my weekly update i find myself struggling on the format and what information you guys would want to hear.
Do I tell you about the 1 hour a day I seem to spend on ebay looking for deals, how about the working hard on my day job just so I can actually order that extra comic.
I can never decide the approach I want this blog to go or what information to provide so please bare with me as this grows and develops over the next few months.
This week for the collection has been interesting. I decided I wanted to take a step back from trying to complete volume 3 as the price for some of the final issues I need are proving to much for me right now, so I started to look on ebay just for the term silver surfer. I cam across these 4 beautiful covers from the Rampage magazine. I personally had never heard of the Rampage magazine. My brief search on the internet seems to state it is an old weekly UK based magazine collating some comics from the time. These particular issues obviously have the Defenders issues inside which is why they have the Silver Surfer in them.
I really do love these covers and I want to get the rest of the silver surfer appearances from the rampage magazine as well as the original Defenders issues themselves. This brings me onto my next 4 issues from this weeks haul.
Me and my partner took a trip to a small town in the UK called Cambridge where I came across a very very small comic shop. Which I am afraid only had 4 silver surfer issues hidden in the boxes. I obviously had in my head that the silver surfer was a constant staple in the Defenders series so I decided to hunt through the covers and see if the Silver Surfer appeared on any of them. The images below are the result of this.
I hope this slightly longer post is keeping you more entertained and intrigued to keep following my progress. I promise to try provide more and more pictures of my collection as time goes by as I know what this is what you guys like the most.