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Review – Silver Surfer: Black #2 (Marvel Comics)

Silver Surfer Black#2(Marvel Comics) Variant Cover art(detail) by Ron Lim
Silver Surfer: Black #2
Overall
9.3/10
9.3/10
  • Writing - 9/10
    9/10
  • Art - 9.5/10
    9.5/10
  • Overall - 9.3/10
    9.3/10
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Summary

Writer: Donny Cates
Artist: Tradd Moore
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Maturity Rating: Teen
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: July 17, 2019

Knull, the “god” of the symbiotes, tries his best to consume Norrin Radd, the Silver Surfer, in darkness.

 

“Wondrously Horrible Things” Silver Surfer: Black #2

Norrin Radd, the Silver Surfer, has been thrust back to the beginning of time (check reviews for Silver Surfer: Black #1 and Guardians of the Galaxy #1 for details). Stranded on a strange planet, he is attacked by powerful beings trying to consume him in darkness. They almost succeed, but his light shines, and with great expense of power he escapes, only to be caught in the grasp of Knull, the “god” of symbiotes, in Silver Surfer: Black #2. With vast darkness slowly consuming him, will Norrin Radd be able to fight back? Will his light shine or will he let the darkness take over?

Writing

Silver Surfer Black#2(Marvel Comics)cover art by Tradd Moore
Silver Surfer Black #2 (Marvel Comics) cover art by Tradd Moore

I continue to adore Donny Cates’ tone for this series. Silver Surfer: Black #2 (of 5) is again painted in this moody, melancholic feeling as the Silver Surfer not only struggles against being consumed by the darkness of Knull, but the darkness within himself from his past. Being a Herald of Galactus and bringing death and destruction to many worlds has taken its toll on Norrin Radd, and he struggles to deal with it. Cates does a fantastic job of expressing this throughout the story.

The inner monologue of the Silver Surfer as he battles Knull and tries to escape is wonderful as well. We get to dig a little deeper into his psyche and what is driving him; his struggle between letting the darkness consume him and the light he wants to bring. Cates does some great character building with it. I also just dig how he talks to his surfboard—like it is a horse or something. It is kind of goofy, but it also works.

Art

Again Tradd Moore brings the “funk” in Silver Surfer: Black #2. Trying to describe Tradd Moore’s art is like trying to describe a car to a person from the 15th century. You just have to see it to understand. It is just all sorts of groovy stylishness that no one else brings to the table. It is an absolute feast for the eyes. The shapes, the odd body contortions—it all works superbly well in this cosmic story. Moore also does a fantastic job of getting emotion out of the Silver Surfer and other characters. He has great facial acting and cartooning throughout.

Man oh man, Dave Stewart matches the funkiness of Tradd Moore and then some with his array of colors in Silver Surfer: Black #2. My gosh, there are some absolutely jaw-dropping colors throughout this issue! I can’t go into too much detail without spoiling things, but the ending scene in space is absolutely stunning with the mesmerizing colors Stewart presents. We can’t leave out Clayton Cowles’ lettering, as well. He does a superb job of matching the style and tone of this series with some tremendous lettering. It really blends in well with the groove of this series, which cannot be an easy task for Cowles.

Conclusion

Look, I can see why some people may not like this Silver Surfer: Black five-issue mini-series. The past two issues have been all sorts of moroseness and gloom. It is not super happy or joyful, but that’s kind of what I like about it. I like that we are getting into the Silver Surfer’s head and dealing with his inner “demons”. I can also see why some people may not like the art. It is far, far from the norm, but again, this funkiness fits right in with this story and just brings a little light to the doom and gloom, balancing it out. Silver Surfer: Black #2 also adds a nice wrinkle to the story that has me interested to see what happens next.


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Brent is happily married and an avid comic book consumer who loves nothing more than the smell of comics in the morning and diving through a long box of back issues. By day he is a nutritionist and has also been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 10 years. He is probably not the coolest person you have ever met. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @brentjackson30

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