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Silver Surfer: Requiem

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  674 ratings  ·  56 reviews
For many years Norrin Radd has surfed the galaxy, exploring the darkness between stars, witnessing the rise and fall of vast civilisations. Now his ride is about to come to an end. It starts with a small spot - a blemish that will spread until he is no more.
Hardcover, 104 pages
Published December 19th 2007 by Marvel (first published January 2nd 2007)
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4.0 stars. The Silver Surfer has always been a favorite character of mine and so before I go any further I would like to send out a very special message to the ASSCLOWNS at Fox that released Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer: Photobucket

Anyway, except for the knuckleheads at 20 Century Fuckaroo, the Silver Surfer has always been an iconic "above the clouds" character that made him something special. I have also been a fan of Straczynski since...more
Bryan Pope
I loved this book. I admit to knowing only the basic information of the character Silver Surfer's back story. With that aside I felt that anyone can pick this book up and appreciate the art and the story. Part two and four were the most enjoyable in this 4 issue story. I would say pick it up from the library if you have it near you at your next visit and sit back for a good quick read.
The Silver Surfer has always been one of my all-time favorite characters. He has always been presented with a quasi-philosophical nature. He has been an overt mouthpiece that writers have used to express their deeper views on things as varied as the nature of man, God, and the Universe. In each decade since his first appearance in the 1960’s, he has been molded around the ideology of the day: an openess to new cultures and alternative realities (1960’s), Ecology and nature (1970’s), he disappear...more
Stunning book portraying one of the most intriguing and powerful characters in the universe as discovers he is dying. There is something so perfect about the Silver Surfer. Stepping back and seeing him as a pot-fueled attempt at capitalizing on the popularity of surfing, he could seem ridiculous, but somehow it just seems to make sense. Giving him a dark role as herald of destruction and a silver body and a mode of transportation that just seems perfect for soaring across galaxies all help to cr...more
Matthew Galloway
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Two stars for the stunning art, zero stars for the resounding "meh" of a story, a throbbing cliche that the author tries to pass as harrowing character drama by throwing the death of a popular (I presume?) character from readers' childhoods at the pages and supporting it with random cameos from other favourites in the Marvel universe (with which I am largely unfamiliar and uninterested).

All I see is a formula painted in (very) pretty pictures.
Moving tale about the final days of Marvel's soliloquizing spaceman. The parable-like encounter with the warring aliens was perhaps overly simplistic, and yet in all other regards the story is both affecting and hopeful. Esad Ribic's fully painted artwork is beautiful, and perfectly matched for Joe Straczynski's inspiring prose.
Thom Foolery
Really beautiful artwork complements a fine story in which the Silver Surfer discovers that he is dying.
This is my first submission into the world of Norrin Radd. Ever since I was a kid, I was a huge fan of the Silver Surfer. The sleek silver polish; the simple and basic design; the blank eyes; the simple and graceful board; the ability to travel through space: it was all I ever wanted in a superhero. And that was just because he looked cool. I have never read a SS comic…until now.
Heck, I didn’t even know what his real name was till this comic.

I’m not a fan of the sort of coloring that’s done in t...more
Rod Hilton
I've never been a big follower of Silver Surfer. He seems to usually show up in close association with the Fantastic Four, who I can't stand, so I don't get much exposure to him. But after reading Earth One, I noticed that the author, Michael Straczynski also wrote a one-shot of the Surfer, and I've been reading a lot of comic books lately to procrastinate with my schoolwork, so I figured why not.

The basic plot is that Silver Surfer finds out he's dying, and the story follows his final few days...more
Dan Magaha
Norrin Radd -- aka The Silver Surfer -- has always been my favorite comic hero. While I'm a firm believer that omnipotent heroes are boring and vulnerabilities and flaws make for much better characters, The Surfer has always been enigmatic and mysterious despite being nearly indestructible.

Over the years, he has been used almost exclusively as a metaphorical device: wherever he goes, he invariably encounters warring factions consumed with "winning" despite the obvious common ground both sides sh...more
The silver surfer is dying, and these are his final days with the universe. Now I use to love reading the Silver Surfer when I was a kid, the cosmic level of his exploits was interesting to me compared to so many more terrestrially bound heroes. I, however, haven't read the Silver Surfer in years. When I learned he was dying and that Michael J. Straczynski wrote it, I had to check it out.

This is a touching story of a tragic being who never could really return to the people he sacrificed himself...more
The Silver Surfer has a long reputation as the “bleeding heart” hero of Marvel Comics. He is the epitome of a tender and compassionate being.

Silver Surfer Requiem, written by J. Michael Straczynski. This month the 3rd part of the series was published and it was tale of antiwar.

The basic premise of the Silver Surfer Requiem is that Silver Surfer has a terminal illness. He says good-bye to his adopted Earth and friends before returning to his home planet, Zenn-La. But on the way he encounters two...more
Ahmad Al-mahir
Silver Surfer is one of my all-time favourite Marvel superheroes, but I honestly haven't been following his exploits since the Silver Age (pun unintended) and now I've all but given up reading/collecting the mainstream titles from the Big Two. When I came across the premise of this book on a comics website (I still keep tabs on comic book developments somewhat) my initial reaction was: "Is this another one of those outside-continuity hero's-last-days mini-series?". Not interested. However, the p...more
Paul Anthony
A more beautiful comic has never been written. Thank you J. Michael Straczynski for such a serene ending to my favorite superhero of all time. It matters not that it was not canon, for it is how i will always imagine Norrin Radd's end.
Steve Cooper
A gallery full of the paintings in this comic would get 5 stars from me. These same paintings miniaturised and crammed together in the service of a mediocre story (that kills off one of Marvel's best characters) feels wrong.
Probably the best comic (graphic novel) I have ever read. Who knew? Silver Surfer? Never really was a fan before. This is actually about his death, but it also covers how he came to be, and what he stood for. So good! Did not know that a comic could be so emotional and inspiring to be a better person. Who knew Silver Surfer was such a good character? Great writing (The writer is also the creator of the scifi show Babylon 5). Even better art. Every page is a painting, not your typical comic art....more
Ryan Andrew Murphy
This (perhaps) surprisingly moving super-hero story contains some of the most striking dialogue (and images and ideas) i've come across in a while. This is the best example i've read in years of why i love comics.

One of my favorite quotes is:

“Within this flame burns all the knowledge of our world. All the secrets we have hidden, all the truths we have forgotten. All our songs, all our stories, all our greatness, all our foolishness. It is divided into two parts. That which existed before you ca...more
Ketan Shah
The shining sentinel of the spaceways is dying,and not even Galactus himself can save him.Earth's mightiest heroes say their goodbyes to the being who risked everything to save their planet. J. Michael Straczynski crafts a tale that is cosmic in scale yet deeply personal .The painted art from Esad Ribic is stunning and at times resemblesthe work of Alex Ross in Marvels.The best Silver Surfer story I've read in a long time. Initial reports say that Straczynski is scripting the Silver Surfer movie...more
Dec 14, 2008 The rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to The by: Mr. Rodriguez
I have never been a large fan of the Silver Surfer. However, this graphic novel is accessible to even the layman. The author gives enough backstory that you can enter the plot line with confidence. There are other Marvel characters such as: the Fantastic Four and Spiderman, though I am not sure how engaging the Spiderman storyline was. The dialogue seemed stiled and dragging in places. The story was predictable and familiar. A "God-like" figure dies and worlds mourn and he then becomes memoriali...more
Excellent. I had tears in my eyes towards the end. For me, it was a poignant reflection on the accomplishments of a life at the end of all things. Just a really really good story.

I'm having my wife read it simply because I want to know if it resonates as much with someone NOT familiar with the characters. Of course, she's having some problems rectifying the Silver Surfer with Dr. Doom from the first Fantastic Four movie (I think I got her all straightened out).
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Federiken Masters
Dec 04, 2013 Federiken Masters rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans del personaje y/o los autores
Recommended to Federiken by: Dibujante
Además de un dibujo precioso, como casi siempre que está Ribic a los lápices (o su equivalente), este libro tiene un guion con puntos muy altos (como la escena del funeral) conviviendo con otros bajísimos, como cuando Spiderman le dice a Silver Surfer que por qué no se va a derrocar gobiernos tercermundistas para mejorar el mundo. Pero la verdad que si uno obvia esas yanquidadas es un cómic bastante entretenido y bien contado.
Zeina V.
Yeah, so this is really good. Left me itching for a lot more, but not in a bad way. Sort of deciding what parts I loved more. It's actually really lovely to look at. I'm always skeptical about newer "mainstream" comics, because of the way they are coloured, but Ribic manages to make digital art look the way watercolours should. The writing is decent/impressive, too, so.
Oct 22, 2011 Twan rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Tells the story of the Silver Surfer and his last few days alive as he visits old pals and places. A sense of melancholy hangs over the book but is lighten by the fact that the Surfer is the nicest, coolest sucka out there. The painted artwork is mindblowing and this book is the best superhero book I have ever read. Touching, joyous and fucking mint.
Danyal Khan
After I read this book, I was speechless. And even right now, as I write this, I'm still speechless. Silver Surfer is among my favorite comic book heroes of all time, and if he had to die, I'm glad that Marvel Knights decided to elect J. Michael Straczynski to write his last adventure. A timeless work. Esad Ribic's art is phenomenal.
tales of the Silver Surfer tend to lend themselves to the worst kinds of pretension. this comic is a shining example of the genre. the art is the only thing worthwhile about this comic, though the best shot is on the first page -- the Silver Surfer surfing on the edge of a cosmic hurricane. That's one nicely painted space cloud!
Gonzalo Oyanedel
Straczynski mueve sus piezas con habilidad en un relato que homenajea a uno de los mejores personajes de la casa Marvel. Sin caer en trucos emotivos, los cuatro episodios superan la mera despedida en favor de un reflejo honesto del personaje y su utópica filosofía; un infaltable para los fans del surfista.
The artwork in this slender graphic novel is unbelievably breathtaking. A comic book done entirely in watercolor? See to believe. More could have been explained concerning the "requiem" aspect of the story, but the Silver Surfer has never been more beautifully rendered.
This is a very good end-of-life story. It hits most of the usual targets of the genre - the superhero learns they have a few days to live, so they say goodbye etc. etc. - but it's done tastefully and without too much pandering to trivia nerds. Recommended.
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Joseph Michael Straczynski (born July 17, 1954), known professionally as J. Michael Straczynski and informally as Joe Straczynski or JMS, is an American writer and television producer. He works in films, television series, novels, short stories, comic books, and radio dramas. He is a playwright, a former journalist, and author of The Complete Book of Scriptwriting. He was the creator and showrunne...more
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