Marvel Adventures #10
Marvel Comics (January, 1998)
Silver Surfer: “Redemption”
There are no credits given. Even Comics.org is only guessing as to who did what so I’m not going to be able to list anything here.
While still a herald of Galactus, the Silver Surfer led the planet-eater to Ego, The Living Planet, and then went off to find another world. Now he returns to find that Ego somehow repelled the hunger-stricken Galactus back then and is now under attack from the Shi’Ar Empire and their main weapon, Gladiator. Gladiator and the Surfer do battle, with Ego offering his powers to the Power Cosmic, so that Surfer can stand up to him. Deciding his foe’s motives are noble and not wanting to fight him Gladiator decides to cancel the conquest plans. Too bad for Galactus. He was hoping for a rematch, with his belly being the winner.
Look, reviews are not free of biases. I try to be objective, even noting that a story or artwork is not to my taste but that may or may not make it bad. The problem I have here is these are characters I really don’t care about and the story didn’t fix that. The only time Ego was even remotely interesting was that time he tried to date Earth in Marvel Adventures: The Avengers #12. Silver Surfer usually bores me, and I have tried to enjoy a story he’s in and seldom succeeded. I want to like him but I can’t. Galactus is only interesting to me from a creative perspective but doesn’t always work for me narratively. There are times he’s been used well but I’m not drawn to stuff he’s in. He shows up in things I enjoy and that’s about it.
And then there’s Gladiator and the Shi’Ar. Even under a “good” ruler like Lilandra (who is also romantically involved with Professor X) the Shi’Ar are an empire of conquerors. And we’re supposed to root for them because they occasionally are on the X-Men side when facing a worse threat. that just doesn’t work for me. In this story Surfer got involved after seeing a world conquered so hard that the conquered lost their very identity, and it was a recent conquest. These are your heroes? As for Gladiator, he doesn’t care who is ruling. He isn’t loyal to Lilandra but to whomever is sitting on the throne at the time, whether he has the Shi’Ar’s best interest in mind or not. And there are times that’s happened. He’s on the list of character I don’t like but not quite hate because the Shi’Ar don’t qualify as good guys under any ruler they’ve had.
In other words I’m trying to judge a comic featuring character I have no interest in, and the art’s okay, and the fight between Surfer and Gladiator was fine. That’s all I can say about this issue because I just don’t care enough about any of the characters to care about the story no matter how good or bad it is. I’m sorry to fail like this, but I really tried. In the end…I just don’t care.