So what is a review of the newest Silver Surfer comic doing on an Oz blog? Well read on.
As the story begins the family of Dawn Greenwood, the now girlfriend of Norrin Radd the Silver Surfer, eagerly await her return. Dawn’s father is seen stargazing wondering if every shooting star might be the Surfer; he decides to turn on the news only to see it highjacked by an alien race called the Hordax.
The Hordax deliver an ultimatum allow them to plunder Earth’s greatest resource without interference or face global annihilation. Just as they are about to deliver that classic staple of alien invaders, “Resistance if Futile,” Norrin and Dawn blast their way into the ship and disable it.
Norrin and Dawn arrive at Dawn’s home where she catches up with her family, her twin sister Eve is now married and pregnant, and Dawn sorrowfully reflects on all she’s missed over the past few months, her sister’s wedding, their birthday, New Years Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween. But her family has been preparing for her return and throws her a “Happy New Hallows-Giving-Birth-Mas,” (Birth-Mas is kind of redundant but that’s probably part of the joke). After a huge dinner they celebrate with the traditional watching of MGM’s The Wizard Of Oz; Norrin is initially going to bow out having seen it many times before but then he is reminded he’s never seen it “with someone,” before.
Their revelry is cut short though.
Turns out that most valuable resource that the Hordax was after was not water, or any mineral, but imagination. Norrin and Dawn, go into action against the Hordax whose leader (in the guise of Tom Baker as the Doctor from Doctor Who), informs them that they have augmented themselves with the power of imagination and will have to face the might of, “every protagonist ever.” I won’t give away the ending, but an Oz character plays a pivotal role in deciding the outcome of this adventure.
The story is well paced, and gives you a good idea of what you’re getting into. I’ve never been a huge fan of Silver Surfer, and didn’t read the previous series, but this story gave me a good idea of who Dawn and her family are, and where Norrin is in his life. It’s appropriate that aside from Wizard of Oz the most prominent character in the battle is the Doctor, because this very much reminded me of a Doctor Who story, it’s also a very typical Dan Slott story. The art by the Allerds is bright and vibrant, and I had no trouble identifying any of the aliens as fictional characters (and from Tintin, to Harry Potter, to the woman from Fifth Element there are a lot of them). The story is mostly a one-and-done, but it serves to tease the major threat of the coming arc, both in a cryptic warning left by the departing aliens and a few pages at the end staring the Everloving Thing of the Fantastic Four.
If you just want to pick it up for the Oz tie-in, and enjoy scifi stories that examine our relationship to art you’ll not be disappointed, but it’s also a promising start of a new chapter of Silver Surfer comics.