QUICKSILVER: NO SURRENDER #1 BY SALADIN AHMED, ERIC NGUYEN AND RICO RENZI
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QUICKSILVER: NO SURRENDER #1 is filled with great Pietro Maximoff moments. Saladin Ahmed truly gets the character. It makes the issue a satisfying read for Quicksilver fans. I wasn't a big fan of the art, but you may be!
90 %
True to Form

Saladin Ahmed, writer of the outstanding BLACK BOLT series, is back with another tale of a hero cast away from his friends and family. The similarities between the two books end there, though. In QUICKSILVER: NO SURRENDER #1, the haughty speedster finds himself unstuck in time after saving much of the Earth’s population in AVENGERS “No Surrender”. Within the first few pages, it’s clear that Ahmed truly gets Pietro Maximoff’s character. He’s abrasive and self-centered on the outside, but incredibly insecure on the inside. Just from this one issue I can tell that this book will go down as one of the most memorable Quicksilver stories. Pietro’s inner monologue, the only real dialogue in this book, is totally on point.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t much of a fan of Eric Nguyen’s art style or Rico Renzi’s color work. I personally didn’t feel like they were a good fit for the story Ahmed is telling. Find out why this is below!

New Beginnings in AVENGERS #690

The Time is Gone in QUICKSILVER: NO SURRENDER #1

In AVENGERS “No Surrender,” Quicksilver, with the help of Doctor Voodoo, Synapse and his sister, Scarlet Witch, runs faster than he ever ran before in order to catch a blue orb that was keeping much of the world’s population frozen. He succeeds, but he doesn’t come back. We find out why in QUICKSILVER: NO SURRENDER #1.

After Pietro catches the orb and destroys it, he slows down to find that time has stopped around him. Everyone is frozen completely still and all color has been eerily removed from the world. Pietro’s first instinct, of course, is to get revenge on those who wronged him. Being a hero, he doesn’t hurt them. Instead, he plays pranks, dressing Magneto up as a clown. He also gives Human Torch and Rogue, who kicked him off of the Avengers Unity Squad, “I’m With Stupid” signs.

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QUICKSILVER: NO SURRENDER #1 page 9. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

Once he gets bored of mischief, he decides to take it slow. He sits to watch the Aurora Borealis, but can’t stand the eerie stillness. He tries to get lost in a crowd, but it doesn’t work when no one is moving. Eventually, he finds a green energy monster that looks like him, preying on a frozen victim. To find out what happens next, pick up QUICKSILVER: NO SURRENDER #1.

Ahmed Gets Pietro in QUICKSILVER: NO SURRENDER #1

The plot in QUICKSILVER: NO SURRENDER #1 is an interesting read. I want to know what happens next. However, that’s not the issue’s best quality. Ahmed’s characterization of Pietro makes this issue fantastic for me. In the past few years, there haven’t been very many solo Quicksilver stories. Quicksilver has shown up in various team books and, generally, his characterization is pretty spot on, but no one had the chance to really dig into his character recently.

It feels refreshing to see him get the spotlight again, and from such a fantastic writer to boot. Right at the start, Pietro mocks “numbers nerds” who try to compare his speed with other speedsters and cosmically powered characters, like Spectrum and Silver Surfer. It’s a subtle dig at fans who obsess over power levels and who would beat who, but it also is a great look into Pietro’s psyche.

Pietro acts so self-assured and cocky that he believes that even if he’s not technically going at a greater speed than another character, he’s still faster than them. He knows how to run with finesse, therefore he’s better than other fast characters. That’s something I can truly see Pietro believing. Right at this moment, I knew Pietro was in good hands. It continues throughout the issue, but I don’t want to spoil all of the great internal monologue.

Disappointing Art in QUICKSILVER: NO SURRENDER #1

Unfortunately, in my opinion, there is a weak link to this issue. I’m not a big fan of Nguyen’s style. His work reminds me of Bill Sienkiewicz’ almost blurry semi-detailed art, but without Sienkiewicz’ trippy, hallucinogenic-looking touches. I can see where he’s going with this, making the backgrounds purposefully undetailed and sparse in order to show how maddening it must be for Pietro to be there. I can see why some fans would enjoy this art, but it simply isn’t for me. I personally would have liked a more detailed or, on the other end of the spectrum, more stylized and cartoony look.

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QUICKSILVER: NO SURRENDER #1 page 11. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

In addition to this, Renzi’s color work is, in my opinion, not a good fit for the book. I feel that Quicksilver and the energy monster’s colors are too dull. It’s especially disappointing, because the color work on the first few pages looks beautiful. If backgrounds look sparse, I believe that the colors of the unstuck characters should look more vivid. That way, it makes the juxtaposition between the characters and their drab surroundings clearer. Again, there probably are fans of this style. Look at the pages I include in this review and decide for yourself.

Final Thoughts: QUICKSILVER: NO SURRENDER #1

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QUICKSILVER: NO SURRENDER #1 has amazing characterization. Ahmed writes Pietro near-flawlessly. The plot is also incredibly intriguing. I want to know how Pietro gets out of this mess. However, I wasn’t a big fan of the art. Flip through the issue at your local comic shop and decide for yourself. For me, the writing was well worth the read, and may be well worth your $3.99.

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