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Silver Surfer: Parable (Heróis Marvel Série II #4)

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Paperback, 48 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT* GROUP 1/ (first published December 1988)
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Albert
Oct 05, 2015 Albert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Silver Surfer: Parable, written by Stan Lee and drawn by Moebius is easily one of the best stories to come out of Marvel's eighties era that has gone largely unnoticed and under appreciated by today's Marvel comics fandom. Much like the Silver Surfer himself. Parable is often referred to as one of the first Marvel tales that may take place in an alternate universe. With an alternate Silver Surfer and an alternate Earth. The events in Parable don't seem to fit in with any predominant Marvel story ...more
Zack Zildjan
Dec 27, 2013 Zack Zildjan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have seen (on here and elsewhere...but mostly on here) people say that Silver Surfer: Parable is the "worst" thing that Stan Lee has written.

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.......c'mon now.

It begs the question of whether or not they have ever actually read ANYTHING else that was penned by Stan Lee? I have no problem complimenting Stan Lee as a great "idea man". In coming up with ideas for characters, in his day, he was (arguably) unrivaled. Of course, let's not forget that he had even more imaginative, creative men worki
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Andrew
Oct 24, 2014 Andrew rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Shelves: comics-superhero
A really shallow commentary on religion and spirituality. The notes in the back of the book by Moebius hint at the possibility that he didn't want to do this. Lee says they met each other for coffee and Moebius said he liked Lee's work, especially Silver Surfer. Moebius states that he received a detailed plot - not a script (the Marvel way) - from Lee and struggled to begin the book. Moebius seems to have a high opinion of the work; perhaps because critics praised it in comparison to the other A ...more
Karl
Apr 16, 2008 Karl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Between Moebius' art and Stan Lees writing, this is one of my favorite Silver Surfer books.
Artur Coelho
Feb 04, 2013 Artur Coelho rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Um clássico dos comics, graças à colaboração extemporânea entre dois grandes representantes de duas vertentes maiores da banda desenhada. Uma colisão entre o argumento e formato comic de Stan Lee e o lirismo da bande dessiné de Moebius. O resultado é um híbrido atípico, comic mainstream com sabor intimista. Stan Lee leva ao exagero a veia moralista que caracterizou o clássico Silver Surfer com Jack Kirby. Este personagem sempre teve uma vertente de cordeiro sacrificial, de meta-herói disposto a ...more
Jon(athan) Nakapalau
Sep 17, 2016 Jon(athan) Nakapalau rated it it was amazing
A future televangelist thinks that he can be the (self appointed) messenger of Galactus and force he frightened population to follow him...but false gods have a way of falling on those who worship them. Stan Lee (story) + Moebius (art) = classic Silver Surfer parable!
Stephen
Nov 13, 2013 Stephen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the very few Moebius art projects for Marvel. I think I had a poster of Iron Man he did as well, maybe a cover or a pin up somewhere, but that's about it as far as I know.

Quite a shame. Can you even imagine a Thanos story or some of the more cosmic characters like The Watcher being drawn by this master?

Oh well, what we have is good and it is appreciated.

Alexander Case
Apr 19, 2012 Alexander Case rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, superheroes
This is as much a Moebius work as it is a Stan Lee work, and it is fantastic. Anyone who wants to call themselves a fan of Moebius needs to read this. Period.
Luiz Fernando
May 14, 2014 Luiz Fernando rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
The good story by Stan Lee, and the Superb (!!!) artwork by Jean "Moebius" Giraud makes this small book a must for comic books fans.
Mladen
Oct 11, 2015 Mladen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved Moebius' drawing, lettering also. Story was good, plausable.
Synchro
Stan Lee And Moebius.
Nuff' said.
Steven Matview
Sep 21, 2015 Steven Matview rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Stan Lee. If you’re an avid comic reader you know his writing can be a bit cheeseball at times, but also incredibly endearing. But with “Parable,” Lee goes for something a little deeper.

Galactus wants nothing more to take a huge bite out of the Earth – he’s a planet eater, after all. Unfortunately for him, a sacred oath has kept him from achieving his gluttonous goals. So imagine the surprise of his one-time herald – the Silver Surfer, living on Earth as a vagrant – when Galactus plants his feet
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Adam Graham
Jun 03, 2016 Adam Graham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book collects two separate Silver Surfer stories that both have to be considered out of continuity. The first is "Parable" in which original Silver Surfer writer Stan Lee teams up with European comic legend Moebius who provides the art. Galactus has landed on Earth but after his promise not to destroy it. Instead, he sets himself up as God and proclaims a lifting all moral code and have yourself good time, putting the Earth in peril. It turns out his plans to feed his hunger is letting the ...more
Gavin
Sep 02, 2013 Gavin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Finally, an actual Stan Lee penned book! Silver Surfer 2 part series, is a very philosophical book, which makes sense when you know it's about a cosmic being, the former Norinn Radd, Silver Surfer and his former boss Galactus, the devourer of planets.
This is more a book however, about faith, belief, power, truth, greatness, and other things.
Galactus comes to Earth in the near future, where the Surfer lives in retirement in disguise, but he is not there to destroy Earth, as he had vowed to the S
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David
May 14, 2012 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book contains two Silver Surfer stories.

Parable is the first. And it's the worst thing Stan Lee ever wrote. Ever. Imagine some really stoned youth writing, for the very first time, something "wise" and "profound". Yup, it's that bad. And ham-fisted. Mobius is often an interesting artist, but the story is so god awful, nothing helps. ZERO STARS.

The second story is The Enslavers and it's pretty good as a stand alone. It doesn't work in the context of the Marvel Universe. Why? Because it's a
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Ken Moten
*A minor note up front, while I read the main story, I did not read the side-story (Enslavers) that was included in this volume.

I will be honest, I picked this book up for one reason only, the artist Mœbius. I first started encountering his artwork online and it is amazing in every respect. This is the first time I have seen late French artist's work full-length, but I hope to encounter him again. The writing by Stan Lee...a bit painful. This was not Stan Lee of the silver age of comics, but th
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Pablo Martinez
Simple but good story about Silver Surfer, in a world where there are no Fantastic Four (or any other super hero for that matter). Galactus seeks to become Earth's god so he can consume it, while a very "Christ" looking Silver Surfer tries to teach humanity that divinity is not outside, but inside of people. Philosophical and somewhat religious story, but the plot is not ham-fisted or pretentious, the narrative is the classic Stan Lee's theatrical dialog with simplistic but beautiful art by Moeb ...more
Paul Mirek
This collection includes the marvelous pairing of Lee and Mœbius on the title story, which reads something like "The Silver Surfer Returns" (a once legendary hero returns from obscurity amidst plenty of meta-commentary on the modern media system). I don't get the knocks against Lee's writing in this story--it's got all his trademark verbosity and grandeur, but it's tempered by a surprising amount of humanity and restraint for such a large-scale story. However, the writing pales beside the magnif ...more
Davide Genco
Jan 22, 2014 Davide Genco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Pensi ad un americano e ad un europeo, e immagini che il primo ci metta l'impatto e il secondo la riflessività. Qui accade il contrario: il Grande Vecchio Stan Lee filosofeggia, mentre le tavole del Maestro Jean Giraud in arte Moebius scandiscono visivamente un racconto che bene evidenzia il rapporto fra la solitudine del singolo e l'irrazionale intelligenza delle masse, fra morale stoica e rumorosa demagogia.
Raúl
Jan 16, 2013 Raúl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maravilloso. El guión de Stan Lee es perfecto, con algunas frases para enmarcar y con una introspección en el personaje de Silver Surfer y en el de Galactus impresionante.
El dibujo de Moebius acompaña perfectamente a la historia, con un nivel de detalle y una delicadeza extrema, y un coloreado muy llamativo que le permite transmitir cada expresión de la historia y los personajes.
Obra maestra.
Russell Olson
Jun 13, 2014 Russell Olson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really, I should have given this edition 3.5 stars. This edition of parable is lumped together with the Lee/Pollard Enslavers story, which is a bit flat and fairly tedious. But the Lee/Moebius story is so good that it bumps it up to 5 stars. Moebius is on top form and his process statments at the back of the book, although brief, are very insightful. Great GN.
Vincent Stoessel
Oct 29, 2015 Vincent Stoessel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
A unique collaboration between Stan Lee and the late Moebius, one of my favorite artists.
The 2 part story is indeed a parable and commentary on the human condition and regards to faith and the acceptance of the "other"
My edition had an aditional Lee/Pollard story that ok but seemed a little out of place for the moebius stories.
Adan
Aug 24, 2015 Adan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Parable was pretty good; The Enslavers not so much. Moebius' art is amazing as always, and I got a thrill when I saw the unexpected Moebiua pinups of other Marvel heroes like Elektra, the Thing, and Iron Man.
Alison Arantes
Jun 13, 2015 Alison Arantes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
História curta mas muito boa.
Faz um paralelo bem interessante mostrando como a raça humana está sujeita a seguir "cegamente" uma religião.
A versão da Panini contém vários extras legais.
Trey Piepmeier
Really pretty artwork, insanely bad writing. The entire thing was like it was written in stilted bible verse. This book would be 3X better if you just removed the word bubbles.
James Schneider
Art: 10000000 stars, writing two stars. Beautiful to lookat.
Zac
Jul 14, 2015 Zac rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read the trade paperback, but got these 2 issues in the mail the other day and quickly read them. I got this mostly for Moebius art. The only other Silver Surfer I've ever read was a 'What If...?' when I was little, and it didn't make much sense to me. I also don't think I've read any Stan Lee before (!), and I was more impressed by the script than I expected to be.

The overall plot is as follows: Galactus comes to Earth and pretty much says "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the
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Asher Turnaround
3.5/5

With the way the Jack Kirby and Stan Lee debate has raged on over the years on who is really responsible for creating the bulk of the Marvel Universe, it’s hard not to feel like an apologist for liking something Stan has written. I think we have all been polarized since the court ruling against the estate of the King not long ago. So I wanted to try and get a picture of Stan outside of current events. To read his work without seeing Jack’s lines to allow me to square up to where I would dra
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Comicspectrum
Rating: 3.5/5 – Stan Lee/Moebius (refreshing) far exceeds Stan Lee/Pollard (forgettable).
Collects Silver Surfer (1988) #1-2 and Silver Surfer: The Enslavers HC

With the way the Jack Kirby and Stan Lee debate has raged on over the years on who is really responsible for creating the bulk of the Marvel Universe, it’s hard not to feel like an apologist for liking something Stan has written. I think we have all been polarized since the court ruling against the estate of the King not long ago. So I wan
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Garrett
Two separate Stan Lee scripted stories, "Parable," (which is drawn by Moebius and while a little heavy-handed and plodding is inherently wise and beautiful) and "The Enslavers" drawn by Keith Pollard and featuring a tiresome villain, ridiculous plot holes and the return of Shalla Bal.

The first story came out at a 2-issue limited back in the day; I'd consider just getting that and reading it, skipping "The Enslavers" entirely.
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