Before i look at this week’s stuff there was a few worthy mentions last week that i never got round to…
Silver Surfer 1
This a great book, just like the former volume; Slott and Allred seem to bring the best out in each other. I feel that Slott, who has done a really impressive job on Spider-Man over the years, seems like he’s more refined when he works on the SS book with Allred. The humour hits far more often and I dare say a lot of that is to do with Allred being one of the best at conveying that playful tone in his art.
What i find funny here is there’s some similarity to this storyline and what is happening in Allred’s other book at Vertigo (also excellent) Art Ops. Given the credits state Slott & Allred as ‘Storytellers’ i think Allred may be influencing the script as well.
A few other things struck me:
- I know Allred is working with another artist on Art Ops, bit how the hell is he managing 2 books at the same time (unless he was working on this during the Secret Wars break).
- He’s managed to squeeze Madman into this issue of SS and also an issue of Art Ops which tickles me.
- When i started reading this issue, it reminded me again of how much of a Dr Who & companion take on Silver Surfer this is. It’s funny that a few pages later Tom Baker’s Dr is overtly referenced, whether this a coincidence or a tongue in cheek admission im not sure, i suspect it’s the latter, knowing the tone Slott reserves for the book in general
I have the previous run in trade and i think i’ll do the same with this. I’m trying to have at least one evergreen run of each character on my bookshelf, one that i will always some back to and will lend out to others to show them perfect examples of how good comics can be. Slott and Allred have truly got me covered for SS - just a pity it’s not hardcovers as the Marvel paperbacks are really poor.
So this issue is almost a 10/10 done in one, the last 3 pages are what prevent it from quite reaching perfection. I undertand why they’ve done it that way, but it does spoil it as a complete, well rounded issue to an extent.
Symmetry # 2, Clean Room # 4 & Astonishing Ant Man # 4 were also very good. Although it’s time i think of switching some of the Marvel’s to MU.