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Review : Silver Surfer Vol 8 #5

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.

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Warning the following will contain spoilers of the issue.

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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.

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Norrin starts to fit into his new early home along side the Greenwood’s and even sits for a family photo.

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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.

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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.

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