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Book Title: Marvel Masterworks: The Silver Surfer, Vol. 2|
The author of the book: Stan Lee
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Edition: Marvel Entertainment Group
Date of issue: September 1st 2003
ISBN 13: 9780785111771
Format files: PDF
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Marvel Masterworks: Silver Surfer Volume 2 collects issues #7-18, the final issue, of his first solo series. The Surfer has been exiled to Earth by Galactus and bemoans humanities hatred of him while finding the compassion to help them in their times of peril while his loved one, Shalla-Bal, attempts to reach him across the cosmos.
There isn't much that makes this collection any better or even as good Volume 1. The one thing it does have going for it is that the issues are a lot shorter (20 pages now with exception of the awful issue #7 at the original 40 page length). There is also a handful of more prominent Marvel characters and villains, but there is also even more terrible one offs (the most egregious being Frankenstein and his monster in #7). Mephisto makes a couple appearances and his role as the archvillain works out well enough, but no one really seems like a threat to him. My favorite comic of this collection was the final issue where he fight both the evil Inhumans and the good Inhumans.
My big problem with these comics is they make Silver Surfer seem whiny and hypocritical. He talks about how he wants to be non-violent towards humanity because of his compassion, but then loses his shit and attacks them because they are scared of him. At no point does he ever stop and try to communicate who he is and what his purpose is or like tell them he have saved the world a billion times. He's so prone to violence that there is even an issue where the Fantastic Four send Human Torch after him because he's trying to fight the US military and at the end it's revealed that they just wanted him to give them advice about some tech they were inventing and he feels bad, sulking off to lament about the barrier that keeps him here. Don't even get me started on the Spider-Man issue where they literally fight because neither one knows who the other person is. It's dumb.
You can definitely tell there was a lot of confusion on Stan Lee's part about what to do with the Surfer. Should they keep him as a guest in the more mainstream titles? Do they try make his comic more mystical/horror based or keep is cosmic? The final issues teases another Silver Surfer series to follow this one, but it doesn't happen. He became relegated to being a guest character until the late 80s when he got his own comic once again.
All in all, it's sort of fun if you look beyond the fact that the Surfer is never really given any chance to look inwardly at himself and try to address his own aggression and judgments of humans. You can tell Stan Lee really used him as a philosophical conduit and even mentions in the intro to Volume One that Surfer is his favorite character that he created. The shorter comics really improve the pacing and the artwork in these by John Buscema is just phenomenal. Recommended.
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Read information about the authorStan Lee (born Stanley Martin Lieber) is an American writer, editor, creator of comic book superheroes, and the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics.
With several artist co-creators, most notably Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, he co-created Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Iron Man, the Hulk, Daredevil, the Silver Surfer, Dr. Strange, and many other characters, introducing complex, naturalistic characters and a thoroughly shared universe into superhero comic books. He subsequently led the expansion of Marvel Comics from a small division of a publishing house to a large multimedia corporation.
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