MarvelBlog REVIEW: Silver Surfer Black #4
The phenomenal series continues with an issue that delves into the mysterious history of one of Marvel’s most dangerous entities, and continues to bring the iconic character to life in a brand new way; this is our review of Silver Surfer Black #4.
No matter how prepared you are, no matter how much you think you understand about the depths of talent present in artist Tradd Moore, it still feels like an inevitable gobsmacking takes place every time you enter the first page of a comic he has breathed to life.
This series has been defined by two very important things, both of which set it apart from the other projects that we so often see in the medium today; its creativity, and its reconstruction of one of Marvel’s most beloved heroes.
What Silver Surfer Black #4 does is take the entire premise of this issue one step further, break down the very pursuit of the eponymous character, and bring him face to face with the object of his terror, and the formulated of his maddening guilt.
Donny Cates is as brave a writer as one could envision for a series like this, as it feels like he never cowers to the very difficult questions; questions that feel so at home with a character that is defined by moralistic battles of the spirit as Silver Surfer is.
The herald of Galactus brings audiences into the depths of his internal turmoil, and it is only heightened in its effectiveness by the actual heartbeat that exists in the jaw-dropping displays of artistic brilliance that are so present on every single page, and within every single panel.
There is an art within this issue that would be perfectly at home in a gallery, capturing the tortured displays of brutality that are so connected to a hero who had spent his comic book origin finding plants ripe for the destruction of Galactus.
But more importantly and centrally to the character himself is the age-old moralistic question of the power of perspective action; and if bad deeds are done too bad people counteracts, or if the darkness is truly only the setting for light to burst forth.
Silver Surfer Black is a comic book run that will challenge, not just your preconceptions of this cosmic hero, but of the very moralistic and intellectual questions that may even scare us.