Characters Appearing: Adam Warlock, Collector, Dr. Doom, Dr. Strange, Drax the Destroyer, Firelord, Hulk, Rintrah, Silver Surfer, Soul Gem, Thanos, Thunderstrike
Silver Surfer #59
Issue(s): Silver Surfer #59
The animosity between the Surfer and Thanos is said to be so intense that it can only be settled by sending them to an alternate dimension for a duel.
(Dr. Strange seems to have the world's only copy of Jim Starlin's Camelot 4005. As far as i know, that project was advertised and a few pages of unfinished art have found their way into the world, but it was never released.)
So, duel it is.
This is really dumb. If the last two issues meant anything, it was that the Surfer had gotten over his emotional problems, and he should be able to put his anger at Thanos aside for the greater good. And indeed, that is the lesson he learns during this duel. He at one point has Thanos on the ropes, and could have killed him, but he relinquishes and lets Thanos win because he's needed for the fight against Nebula.
Thanos, for his part, seems willing to die; to be sent to the arms of his mistress, Death.
Whether he means that or was just playing on what he knows to be the Silver Surfer's "weakness" in refusing to kill is open for debate.
Also in this issue we see the Collector reviewing the records of his collection, and noting that something is still missing.
The premise of this issue does allow fill-in artist Tom Raney to give us the fun visualization of Thanos and the Silver Surfer as medieval knights, but that's small compensation for what is another water treading imaginary story disguised as an Infinity Gauntlet tie-in.
Quality Rating: D+
Chronological Placement Considerations: This takes place during Infinity Gauntlet #5.
Crossover: Infinity Gauntlet
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Hey, the fact that Thanos gets to show up as a horned Black Knight on a horse makes it worth admission even if the story is pointless.
Posted by: Ataru320 | October 12, 2015 10:39 AM
According to the GCD the story is drawn by Tom Raney, no Todd Smith.
Posted by: Kauldi | October 12, 2015 3:27 PM
Thanks, Kauldi. I mixed it up with last issue. Fixed it.
Posted by: fnord12 | October 12, 2015 3:29 PM
This does look pretty bad. The Silver Surfer started out as a good title, but eventually fell prey to the 90's Marvel Crapfest.
Posted by: Dave B | October 13, 2015 1:38 PM
I've never read the Surfer series except the IG tie ine tries herr but it doesn't look half as bad as what the Namor series turned into after a Byrne left.
Posted by: Multiple Manu | December 8, 2017 8:43 AM
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