The Silver Surfer was never an appealing character to me. Sure, he had some insane powers, but his design and concept were so outlandish and silly. Granted, it’s a fun idea, but I could never take the character seriously. He never seemed all that important. Almost all of my perceptions about the character changed, though, after I read Dan Slott’s SILVER SURFER.

For a long while, I was curious about Dan Slott’s SILVER SURFER. I heard some good things about the series, but never thought it’d be worth reading. Like I said, the character never appealed to me. But, when news of Slott’s upcoming FANTASTIC FOUR and TONY STARK: IRON MAN series came up, I grew curious about what else Slott had written. Eventually, I gave in and decided to give his SILVER SURFER series a shot.

Best decision I’ve made in recent history.

Dan Slott’s SILVER SURFER is one of the most original, entertaining, and compelling stories I’ve ever read. Which is weird, because on the surface, it feels like not much happens in the series. Most of the issues tell their own contained stories, and there aren’t ground-breaking revelations or world-changing events unfolding every other issue. It’s just an abundantly fun story.

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In truth, Dan Slott’s SILVER SURFER feels very much like DOCTOR WHO, but not at all in a copycat kind of way. Though the story features an all-powerful, space-faring hero traveling with his companion from Earth, SILVER SURFER feels wholly original and never repeats itself.

This is more of a roundabout review of Dan Slott’s SILVER SURFER, which will hopefully entice you to go out and give the series a shot. It also includes Slott’s upcoming FANTASTIC FOUR series, and how his SILVER SURFER almost acts as a precursor to the return of Marvel’s first family.

The Astounding Story of Dan Slott’s SILVER SURFER

SILVER SURFER (2014) ran for 15 issues, and SILVER SURFER (2016) ran for 14. For simplicity’s sake, I’ll be referring to all 29 issues as Dan Slott’s SILVER SURFER.

Going into this series, I wasn’t sure what to expect at all. Judging from the author and Michael Allred’s artistic style, I knew I was in for something… odd, at the very least. Odd and unique. And, I gotta say, that’s exactly what I got. But, even still, this series will constantly find ways to catch you completely off guard in the best ways possible.

Dan Slott’s SILVER SURFER is about two very different people coming together and going on epic, universal adventures together. Of course, you’ve got the titular hero, the Silver Surfer, aka Norrin Radd. Accompanying him is Dawn Greenwood, an unassuming girl from Anchor Bay, Massachusetts (not a real place, sadly). Dawn is zapped away from home and pulled into the cosmic escapades of the Surfer during the series’ first arc, and what starts as an unlikely union quickly buds into a wonderful friendship.

Dan Slott's SILVER SURFER
From SILVER SURFER (2014) #2. Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

The tagline for Dan Slott’s SILVER SURFER is “Anywhere and Everywhere—Hang on!” It’s only appropriate that the series sees the Surfer and Dawn traveling throughout the cosmos, visiting thousands of worlds, discovering mesmerizing cosmic phenomena, and meeting hundreds of new people. SILVER SURFER is practically an homage to discovery and exploration.

The series features other spectacular characters as well such as Dawn’s twin sister Eve, the people of Newhaven, the Never Queen, and a few well-placed guest appearances from your favorite Marvel heroes and villains. By the end of Dan Slott’s SILVER SURFER, I guarantee you’ll be wishing there were more than 29 issues.

The Importance of Adventure

SILVER SURFER’s greatest achievement is its ability to tell unique and individual stories from issue to issue while remaining absolutely enamoring and attention-grabbing throughout. Of course, the storyteller is essential to any story, and Dan Slott really shines here. He rarely misses a beat with this series.

SILVER SURFER feels very much like a series Slott threw all caution to the wind for. It’s an incredibly fun series to read, which leads me to believe that writing it was a pure thrill-ride for Slott. There’s an impeccable amount of heart in this series, and it shows, front to back. The storytelling is classical but feels refreshing and new at the same time. This is probably some of Slott’s best work to date.

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The concept of family comes into play a lot, too. Dawn’s family is so adorably in sync. Every time they’re all together, there’s boundless joy on the page, which will likely leak over to you. This idea is also true for the people of Newhaven, a group of hundreds of different aliens who all survived their homes being destroyed by Galactus. That band of characters is extremely colorful and creative, and it’s great to see them in the handful of issues they’re featured in.

The biggest takeaway, though, from Dan Slott’s SILVER SURFER is the idea of being unafraid of the new and unexpected. Norrin and Dawn go on countless adventures together and very rarely do they ever hesitate in the face of the unknown. They venture out just for the sake of it, and though they get into trouble more often than not, there’s very little for them to regret. In the end, their fearless tenacity for adventure is what drives them, and what makes this series so undeniably fun.

Evolving the Silver Surfer

The main characters are the most important facet of Dan Slott’s SILVER SURFER. Without the Surfer and Dawn, this story is completely meaningless. These aren’t characters you can swap out. Without them, you might as well forget this story even exists. I know, that’s some crazy-stupid exaggeration, but it’s true.

As I mentioned earlier, I never took the Silver Surfer very seriously. I never thought he’d be a character worth reading. Dan Slott has shown me just how wrong I was to think that way. Rather than trying to make the Surfer a more realistic character, he instead embraces and grounds him in the absurdity of his power set. Thus, Slott makes the Surfer a far more likable and believable character and hero.

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From SILVER SURFER (2014) #1. Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

On the surface, the Silver Surfer is a completely nonsensical concept. A naked, silver dude who literally surfs through the cosmos? Seriously, only the guys at Marvel could think of something so monumentally weird. But, again, Slott doesn’t shy away from that. He plays with the concept very well. The Surfer is written in a very old-fashioned style, speaking very prophetically and carrying himself with odd mannerisms, such as not completely understanding Earth lingo.

The Surfer’s connection to Dawn really helps to humanize him. On more than one occasion, he’ll “silver down” and appear as Norrin Radd. Dawn often instigates this; she’ll get him to eat food or fly in space without his powers on. She’s pivotal to making him a more compelling character. She brings out the best in the Surfer, making him realize all his own flaws, despite having the immense power cosmic.

By the end of Dan Slott’s SILVER SURFER, you’ll be wishing to see more of Norrin Radd in the very near future.

Meet Dawn Greenwood

Dawn Greenwood is the best character in the entirety of Dan Slott’s SILVER SURFER. Yes, even better than the title character. The Surfer may have grown a lot as a character, but even so, Slott did an incredible job of introducing Dawn, developing her character on just about every level, and sending her off in a truly gut-wrenching, yet well-deserved manner. Dawn covers just about the whole nine yards.

SILVER SURFER (2014) #1 opens with Dawn’s introduction. Though she’s only a child in this intro, we immediately get a sense of how she thinks. She wishes on a shooting star, hoping that the star could keep going on and on so that everyone could get a wish. Little does she know it’s actually the Silver Surfer, here to judge the Earth. But, still, this stands as a heartwarming introduction to Dawn’s character.

She only continues to grow as the story progresses. Dawn is a very sweet, endearing character. She’s always looking to make new friends, and she’ll always find a way to help others if she can. We get a great sense of her family life, her wants and needs, and some of the complexities of her character.

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From SILVER SURFER (2016) #1. Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

Slott plays with Dawn’s combating desires very well. She starts out as a girl who wants to stay in her hometown forever, but she quickly evolves into an unwavering explorer and adventurer. She grows fluidly as a complex character, and she’s insanely loveable throughout. By the end of the story, your heart will be left absolutely destroyed, thanks to the majesty of Dawn Greenwood. Seriously, the ending of this series is tragically beautiful and beautifully tragic, and she plays a big role in that regard.

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Romance Done Right

If the romance between the Surfer and Dawn doesn’t make your heart melt, then I would dare to say you have no heart at all.

I never would have taken Dan Slott for the kind of writer to really dig into a romance (the past few times he’s tried that in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN haven’t been that great). But, by God, he really knocked it out of the park in SILVER SURFER.

The relationship between Norrin and Dawn goes from unsuspecting friends, to tentative allies, to absolutely inseparable lovers. In the grand scheme of the series, this romance sprouts fairly quickly, being fully realized in SILVER SURFER (2014) #12. But, that shouldn’t worry you. The relationship between these two is completely natural. Nothing about it is forced or awkward. It’s such a believable relationship, and it’s one you can easily root for.

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From SILVER SURFER (2016) #12. Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

Again, this relationship is one of the many reasons the end of Dan Slott’s SILVER SURFER may likely leave you in tears. SILVER SURFER (2016) #13 is a beautiful homage to the two characters and their love. That issue, as well as SILVER SURFER (2016) #14, caps off the connection between Norrin Radd and Dawn Greenwood in a very special way. I dare not spoil it. You’ll just have to read the series to really get what I’m talking about.

In truth, no amount of words does this romance justice. It’s just another reason to give Dan Slott’s SILVER SURFER a shot. The romance alone will make it worth your while.

The Majesty of Michael Allred’s Art

The artistic style of Michael and Laura Allred is the biggest contributor to this series’ classical atmosphere. Artists such as Marcos Martin and Ramon Perez are great at capturing modern-day heroes with an old-fashioned flair. The Allreds excel at this kind of artistic style, and it shows in SILVER SURFER.

Their characters are drawn very neatly and conservatively, while the exuberant colors bring everything to life. The characters are always expressive, even when they’re doing something as simple as smiling. Sometimes, their expressions are grandiose, which feels like something you’d find in a comic from the 80s or 90s. There are times where the characters look a little off-putting or strange (like, an eyeball seems out of place), especially early on in the series, but slip-ups like that can be easily forgiven.

Given this is a universal adventure book, it’s no surprise there are hundreds of alien worlds and characters to be seen. The Allreds excel at bringing each and every world and character to life, making them all feel unique and individual. There’s never an overabundance of characters, either; no one feels wasteful or out of place. But the scenery is where the Allreds truly excel. Just look at this page below. Look at it!

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From SILVER SURFER (2014) #6. Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

It’s tough to say what’s better, the penciling or the colors. Without the pencils, you’ve got a bunch of crazy, mismatching colors. Without the colors, the world isn’t nearly as vibrant as it needs to be. The Allreds come together to bring some of the best pages I’ve seen in recent memory. Their combined style is uniquely tailored to the story. Next to the story, the art just might be the best part about Dan Slott’s SILVER SURFER.

Dan Slott’s SILVER SURFER Isn’t Perfect

Now, Dan Slott’s SILVER SURFER is far from perfect. As with any story, there are faults to be found. Most of these are apparent early on in the series, and towards the end, the team corrects most of them. Still, the beginning of the series is a little rocky in certain regards.

For one, it may take a little while for the storytelling style to grow on you. It tends to have more than a few awkward moments early on. Hell, even towards the end, there are some odd occurrences, like a sudden “Oh!” or an annunciation that seems out of place. These aren’t extremely detrimental to the overall story, but it’s something to keep in mind and be wary of.

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Also, Dawn definitely takes some getting used to. For the first handful of issues, her plucky nature may seem more like naivety rather than her being open-minded. Again, this is something that goes away the more and more you read, but she definitely has her odd moments. Like, how immediately comfortable she is around any and all the alien creatures she meets. I get being friendly, but when dealing with aliens from completely new worlds, I think a modicum of caution would be appropriate.

Again, these things fix themselves very easily, and if they pop up later on, you’ll probably be used to them by then. In any case, none of these is a huge detriment to the overall quality of the series.

Some of the Best Issues

I’ve got a list of what I consider to be the five best issues in the entirety of Dan Slott’s SILVER SURFER. They’re not in any particular order, but if there were any issues to read specifically from this series, these would be the ones!

SILVER SURFER (2014) #1 introduces us to Dawn, sets up the Surfer’s arc, and introduces readers to the Impericon. This issue perfectly sets the tone for the series and is a great first example of Slott and the Allreds’ creativity.

SILVER SURFER (2014) #11, which won the Eisner award for Best Single Issue in 2016, depicts the cast of characters stuck in a time loop. Not only is the issue a clever depiction of several stories all at once, it’s also a great issue to look at; the pages create a cool looping effect.

Dan Slott's SILVER SURFER
Cover for SILVER SURFER (2014) #11. Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

SILVER SURFER (2014) #12 sees the characters on the planet Euphoria. As you may have guessed by the name, the characters find themselves on a world of pure bliss. This issue does a great job of breaking down the Surfer and Dawn’s relationship.

In SILVER SURFER (2016) #7, Norrin and Dawn take a visit to the Casino Cosmico, described by Norrin as “A literal dimension of gambling and games of chance!” This issue is just good, unabashed fun. If you’re looking for a singular, exciting issue to read, this would be the one.

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From SILVER SURFER (2016) #7. Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

SILVER SURFER (2016) #13 is one of the most romantic, dramatic, and well-deserved endings I’ve ever read. It’s tough to talk about this one without directly spoiling it, so all I can do is give it my highest recommendation. It’ll break your heart, but it’s absolutely worth it.

What Can We Expect From Dan Slott’s FANTASTIC FOUR?

With all of this in mind regarding Dan Slott’s SILVER SURFER, it’s time to look to the future. Starting this August, Dan Slott will be bringing back Marvel’s first family, the Fantastic Four. It’s been a few years since we’ve seen the family all together. Though Johnny and Ben have been around, Sue, Reed, their kids, and the rest of the gang have been off rebuilding the universe.

Dan Slott's SILVER SURFER
Variant cover for FANTASTIC FOUR #1. Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

Going into this new Fantastic Four series, I’m expecting something very similar to Dan Slott’s SILVER SURFER. Slott has more than proven he can write a great space adventure story, and that he can capture the essence of what makes a great family. These are two of the biggest facets of the Fantastic Four; they go on missions throughout the cosmos, and they’re all about family.

I’m very eager to see what Slott has in store for Marvel’s first family. If he approaches his FANTASTIC FOUR the same way he handled his SILVER SURFER, I have no doubt the series will succeed. I’m hoping he remains loyal to the characters but also reshapes and evolves them, much as he did with the Silver Surfer. Likewise, I’m confident he’ll be able to add in tons of new interesting characters to the fold of the Fantastic Four.

Plus, Slott’s working with artist Sara Pichelli, so you know the art is going to be killer.

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Final Thoughts on Dan Slott’s SILVER SURFER

Dan Slott’s SILVER SURFER is an homage to everything great about exploration epics. It’s a beautiful story about two star-crossed (no pun intended) lovers going on countless adventures together. The splendor of the Surfer and Dawn’s journey is matched only by the joy of the people they meet along the way. Michael and Laura Allred were truly the only artists that should have drawn and colored this series, and I’m glad they were there every step of the way with Dan Slott.

I never would have thought I could have gotten so much enjoyment out of a character like the Silver Surfer. I’m glad to have been proven wrong by Dan Slott. But it’s not just the Surfer that makes this story great. Dawn Greenwood is so vitally important to this story. Without her, the story practically loses all of its heart. I applaud Slott for doing such a fantastic job with these characters.

So, if you’re looking for an emotionally driven, cheerful story, with strong characters, unending adventure, and pitch-perfect romance, you should absolutely give Dan Slott’s SILVER SURFER a read through. And even if that’s not what you’re looking for, you should give it a shot anyway. I promise you’ll thank yourself later for reading this one.

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