Silver Surfer (2014) #1 Reviews
  • 10
    Comic Booked - Cal Cleary

    Silver Surfer #1 is about dualities colliding. The Allreds' bright pop-art depicting a lonely character attempting to prevent genocide; the woman who has done nothing paired with the man who's done too much; the sister who constantly seeks and the sister trying to find contentment; the adventure and the mystery of two very different covers. The way its cartoonish exterior masks a mournful interior lets both aspects inform how we view the other. And while the issue is relatively light on plot, strong thematic work, deep characterization, and an incredible sense of design make Silver Surfer a must-read book.

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  • 10
    Following The Nerd - Jake Tanner

    This book exceeded my every expectation. It seems like it's been forever since it got announced and after reading this issue I can say it was well worth the wait. Both of these characters have a long road ahead of them to achieve bigger and better things and I wasn't really expecting for the Surfer to end up having a companion on his journey, but I can already tell that their tale will be an epic one. The big payoff will be seeing how these two opposites will come together to face the trials and tribulations of their many adventures to come!

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  • 10
    Comic Spectrum - Kevyn Knox

    In sum, Silver Surfer #1 is a whole new direction for The Sentinel of the Spaceways. Gone are the long ago days of a brooding lonely figure on a board, slicing through the dark, empty environs of space, and in its place is a fun and heady trip through the seemingly psychedelic coastal highways and byways of outer space. Dan Slot's writing and Mike and Laura Allred's art bring that vision to light and life with a brilliance both verbal and visual, that is not seen all that much in mainstream comics these days " at least not on this giddy level. Marvel Comics has been sending their heroes into outer space a lot lately, but this is the first time where outer space looks like a pretty cool place to be. Sign me up for issue #2.

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  • 10
    CHUD - Adam Prosser

    I'm sure Slott, of whom I'm a fan, will turn this into something clever and entertaining. But as I've hopefully conveyed by now, the real appeal of this issue isn't what's going to happen. It exists, zen-like, as an artifact unto itself, something to look at and marvel at, even beyond Allred's typically ideosyncratic artwork. I missed his work on the FF books and elsewhere in the Marvel U., but his classic creation Madman has some of the same dreamlike spirit of the old Silver Age comics, and he's, wonderfully, managed to transfer some of that into the Marvel Universe with Silver Surfer.

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  • 9.0
    GoCollect - @UrbanRemnant

    It's Dan Slott and Mike Allred working on a book together. "'Nuff said" as many Marvelites will quote. Silver Surfer has been in need for some good storytelling for a long time. What a great opportunity for a classic, Silver Age hero to get a reboot of sorts. Make mine "Silver Surfer."

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  • 9.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Matt Fisher

    Overall this makes me extremely hopeful for what's to come. I expect a lot out of a Silver Surfer comic because there's a lot you can do with a nebulous character like that. On the flip side, I've heard people complain about the Surfer being too nebulous and god-like, making him boring. I'm happy to report that the balance of humor and subtly thematic elements of this first issue are likely to not only please Silver Surfer fans of old, but maybe get some others to re-think their position on the character.

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  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck

    With a unique cosmic outlook and lots of mysteries to unwind, this is a promising start for this new series - and a good take on the Silver Surfer. So far.

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  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen

    Enthusiastically imaginative yet sincerely bittersweet, this issue almost perfectly sets up the rest of the series to come, though we have yet to see if the introductory conflict will pan out to something worthwhile.

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  • 9.0
    We The Nerdy - Derek A. Adams

    I'm so excited for this book. It has the makings of what can be my favorite thing ever. The new tone is a very nice surprise, not taking itself too serious but not sacrificing the melodramatic nature of the Silver Surfer. I know I will most likely be very sad in a few months when this inevitably gets canceled but I'll love it while it lasts.

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  • 9.0
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain

    For the art, Mike Allred is doing the pencils while his wife Laura does the colours and VC's Clayton Cowles does the letters. The art, as I've said, is simply spectacular. It too is completely different what most of the other comics from the Big 2 are doing, especially Marvel in this case, and it is simply gorgeous. Starting with that amazing cover by the Allred-Allred team of artists. Silver Surfer's expressions, Dawn's general characterwork, the impossible sights and sounds of the universe, it was all pretty damn good. And Laura's covers were spot on too. They imparted a very feel-good, fun outlook to the comic.

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  • 9.0
    GoCollect - @WednesdayComix

    It's Dan Slott and Mike Allred working on a book together. "'Nuff said" as many Marvelites will quote. Silver Surfer has been in need for some good storytelling for a long time. What a great opportunity for a classic, Silver Age hero to get a reboot of sorts. Make mine "Silver Surfer."

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  • 8.5

    All in all, this new Silver Surfer series is off to a great start. Marvel is putting out more and more comics that focus on having fun and you can count this one in that bunch. If you are looking for dark, brooding space battles, you might want to go elsewhere. If you want crazy, psychedelic space trips, check out this book. It's a great read with a unique look and fun, familiar tone.

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  • 8.0
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker

    While it does feel like it's still finding its legs, as you might expect from a first issue, the tone of Silver Surfer #1 feels fresh and inviting for new readers, and not too far afield from tradition to make it feel wrong. Slott is great at comedy, but he doesn't shy away from drama either, so I don't suspect the classic angsty Surfer is being banished completely " although it's possible Dawn might balance that out somewhat if he veers toward the hand-wringing guilt too much. Slott and Allred seem to be trying to show us that the Surfer can be fun as well as thoughtful, even if Norrin Radd would likely never believe that of himself. I'm all for letting them try to catch a new wave and see if the Surfer can ride it for a long while.

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  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero

    Dan Slott and Mike and Laura Allred on a new SILVER SURFER comic is fantastic. We are introduced to some new characters and areas in the Marvel Universe but that also requires sitting back and watching it all unfold and shown to us. This may not be the Silver Surfer some have been expected but you can feel the enthusiasm bubbling under the surface. We are going to get to see some new and funky places. This comic is definitely going to be a ticket to fun times.

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  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson

    Silver Surfer #1 has a solid-but-intriguing premise, strong writing, great art, and a fun shiny main character, as well as some of the most wonderful coloring in recent memory.

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  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Tyler Goulet

    Truly, Silver Surfer surpassed and exceeded all expectations. Slott and the Allreds have a story more than worth the cover price with a character that has sorely needed a new solo series. Hats off to Slott and Mike and Laura Allred, because not only does Silver Surfer get the series he needs and deserves if this issue is any indication hes getting a fun and light, but exciting, series from Marvel. Maybe even a contender to fill the void left by FF after it ended. Time will tell, but another 30 days cant go by soon enough to get into issue two.

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  • 8.0
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho

    Silver Surfer #1 may upset some purists but if you've never been into the character or are coming to this with almost no knowledge of this character then you will find a lot to like. Allred's art is so wacky and cartoon like that the mood of the comic stays light and fun. This book feels like something you would have read back in the 1960′s and that makes it unique from pretty much everything else on the shelves now. There's a lot here to keep me coming back for issue two and beyond.

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  • 8.0
    Comics Refueled - vashmcdash

    This was a very solid start to a new series with a lot of potential. If you're a fan of Slott like me, know he will deliver and with Michael and Laura Allred doing the visuals, I believe this is going to be the new must read of the year.

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  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski

    There's a definitely “the best is yet to come” aura being given off by this first issue, but rest assured that the premise is delivered on. Dan Slott is at his Slottiest, and Allred is as Allred as Allred gets. The biggest compliment I can pay to “Silver Surfer” #1 is that both of these creators are doing work that is so inherently “them” and their doing it in a way that clearly feeds off of one another's talents. Nobody is trying to be something they're not and yet they're still giving us a big, bold, funny comic book. That's a relatively rare thing in work-for-hire comics, yet lately over at Marvel Comics it seems to be happening with a delightfully surprising frequency.

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  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills

    This new series is definitely off to a good start. I think the unique art style of Michael and Laura Allred is perfect for the Surfer himself. He's such an alien concept, but also very simplistic in his design, that their cartoony style should suit him wonderfully.

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  • 8.0
    ScienceFiction.com - Ben Silverio

    Overall, the book is just a lot of fun. Since it's just the first issue, we haven't really gotten into the meat of the premise involving the Surfer traveling with his new companion yet, but I thought that it was a great introduction that ended with an awesome gag on the last page. Just based on what I've seen in 'Silver Surfer' #1, Slott and the Allreds seem to be having a great time putting this tale together and I'm having a great time reading it. It definitely feels like one of the lightest books (in both color and tone) on my pull list, but that's totally not a bad thing. This comic was a blast to read and I can't wait to read the next one.

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  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Alison Berry

    This book has the potential to go places that other books cant; the universe is big and as strange as the creative team wants to make it. It can be the Marvel book that totally ignores reality and focuses on possibility. I hope it is. I want that. I am on board for what Slott & Allred have to show me. Its definitely a risk worth taking.

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  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp

    I'm always a bit hesitant to accept a brand-new character like Eve as hugely important to someone like the Surfer and unsure about the dynamic between the two (especially as they haven't even met yet). It appears as if the comic may be setting up Doctor/Companion-style relationship (which, again, would be an entirely new place to take the character). Worth a look.

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  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson

    It doesn't have the feel of anything epic or outrageously unique, but Slott and Allred don't really seem to be aiming that high. Instead, it's a solid attempt at simply putting together something fun, and on that level they succeed. "Silver Surfer" #1 is a nice showcase for both Slott and Allred's talents, and it's also a worthy introduction to a new series that should please Silver Surfer fans.

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  • 7.0
    Max Level Geek - Jonathan Semoneit

    Though this wasn't as stellar a first issue as I'd hoped, this series has all the potential in the world. Even if the story is lacking,the art more than makes up for it. It seems this comic may need a couple issues to stretch its legs first.

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  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Lance Paul

    Overall, nothing about the All-New Silver Surfer is either too epic or daring, but that was certainly not the goal of this new take. Rather, it aims to be more of a zany build up to a cosmic explosion. By expanding and not being hampered down by the past, this new Silver Surfer run should make old fans and new fans very pleased. NOW, go catch the wave!

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  • 6.0
    The Kliq Nation - Timdogg

    Silver Surfer #1soars to comic book stores this week. This should scratch a different itch forDan Slottthat he doesn't get to on his Spider-Man work. I'm curious if this will stand on its own, or start to crossover with other cosmic titles. I predict issues being light on action, but rich in character moments and comedy. If you are a fan of the creative team and of Silver Surfer, then this will be a book you want to pick up.

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  • 6.0
    Nerds Unchained - Jeremy Radick

    Dont get me wrong, Slott does write a good story here. Its got some intrigue, and I like Dawn and the concept of the Imperion. I like that the way he writes the Surfer is in character to past appearances, but less stuffy and stilted than he tends to be. I just cant shake the feeling that I was about to start reading something that is so similar to something else I already like. Im hopeful that the series will differentiate itself as it goes on, but right now, I feel like Im watching Marvels attempt to cash in on traveling in the TARDIS.

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  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli

    The new launch for Silver Surfer is a cosmic adventure with ties to Earth. It's a good read and brings out an interesting plot and introduces a very intriguing supporting cast of characters. This could be a very interesting book and I recommend at least checking out the first issue.

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  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Rob McMonigal

    Writer Dan Slott tries his patented wry humor, with the Surfer as straight man. The attempt at a light touch doesn't work for such a serious character and pairing him with an Earth woman who feels responsibilities doesn't help matters.

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  • 4.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson

    As unhappy as I was with the writing, the truly egregious sin comes from Michael Alrred’s art. Again, Silver Surfer comes across like a bad cartoon. Surfer doesn’t look sleek and dynamic – he looks doughy. The other characters are sloppy, and there is a rushed look to the entire issue. It’s as if Allred was more focused on being funny than creating a good look for the series. Surfer books don’t work with art that looks like a cross between poor indie art and old Archie comics.

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  • 4.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon

    Slott and company can probably right the ship given enough time, but right now this is a mess. The plotting relies too heavily on the tropes of another property altogether. (Although, I wouldn't put it past Slott to somehow include continuity from Marvel's short Doctor Who comic from a few decades ago.) The art relies too heavily on digital effects and subsequently it undermines it's greatest setting: space itself. Marvel's solo titles usually do a great job of delivering compelling adventures outside the context of a team, and that's very valuable, especially to fans of those characters. But this book won't be enough to entice new fans or satiate old ones.

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  • 10

    FANTASTIC! I haven't looked at any other review, but for me, this was amazing. It blended the old school and the new school, both in writing and art. I knew this was a 10 in the middle at "the impericon" reveal spread, which was so ridiculously sci-fi, that it brought a smile to my face. Can't wait for more.

  • 9.5

    The Silver Surfer, right hand of Galactus...well...not so much anymore. I haven't picked up a Silver Surfer book in years, I decided today was the perfect day to start due to the first issue being released on his new series (I hate having to catch up and #1s are the easiest way for me) From the start, it's easy to see this book has moxy. Even a little bit of humor (in a very serious way of course) I found myself mesmerized by the beautifully vibrant art of Michael Allred, I spent a few extra minutes just trying to see all the small details he put into the pages. I'm looking forward to this being an ongoing series, and will definitely pick up issue #2. I'm giving it a 9.5 out of 10.

  • 8.5

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  • 8.5

    Exactly what I expected. Good times.

  • 8.0

    A good start. Lovely art and a decent story, interested to see where it goes from here.

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