Characters Appearing: Mephisto, Silver Surfer
Silver Surfer #32
Issue(s): Silver Surfer #32
This issue pits the Silver Surfer against his perennial foe Mephisto, but the issue is really a retrospective showcasing a couple of obscure Marvel alien races as well as the Surfer's previous foes and friends.
He's first tricked into destroying a "brobdingnagian" space refinery...
...run by the alien race called the Pheragots, who have appeared previously (by publication date) in the alternate future Hercules mini-series.
Surfer is tricked into fighting the Druffs, too, but soon recovers and realizes he's been losing control. But after that he's confronted by illusions of his old foes.
The fight with them isn't so exciting so i'll move on to when the Pheragots catch up with the Surfer and analyze him, telling him that he's got Hlavac's Disease.
This disease is a sentient virus that Mephisto is helping to infect the Surfer. The crazed Surfer rejects the Pheragots' help but he does take their advice and search for the planet Aedi, said to have a radioactive ore that will cure Hlavac's Disease. When he gets there he's contacted by the Aedians (these guys are not pre-existing aliens). They offer him the energy of their planet, even though it would mean killing them. The Surfer refuses.
Thinking that he's dying, he thinks back to the heroes he encountered on Earth...
...and remembers yoga that he learned from Dr. Strange.
This allows him to expel the Hlavac virus, which he subsequently encompasses in crystal to prevent it from ever infecting anyone again. He then sets off to repair the damage he's done, leaving behind a frustrated Mephisto that the Surfer never knew was involved.
Not really anything special, but not bad for a fill-in type story.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
The next issue Of Silver Surfer is just "impossible" to read.:) Thankfully, after that we get to Thanos.
Posted by: clyde | November 6, 2014 1:38 PM
As a kid, I was 100% certain this was a reprint of some 1960's or 1970's storyline because it seemed so old school both in plot and art.
Posted by: MikeCheyne | November 6, 2014 5:39 PM
And worse, the scripting makes Mephisto look like he's incompetent at tempting people. Take the scene where the Aedians offer to let him kill them. Another writer would have Mephisto say, "It's their choice. And besides, think about how much the cosmos needs you to right wrongs." Instead, we get "They're weak! The universe is better off without them!" ,which is not going to work on the Surfer, or on anyone that's not already evil.
Posted by: Michael | November 6, 2014 7:57 PM
How easy it was to see this was Ron Frenz. Just like with his Thor, it just looks like he's channelling Jack Kirby.
Posted by: Erik Beck | September 13, 2015 12:27 PM
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