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The Silver Surfer by Jim Starlin
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Oct 30, 11

bookshelves: comics, marvel-comics, superheroes, 2011
Read from July 18 to 20, 2011

It was 1990, and Jim Starlin returned to Marvel's cosmic arena, which he once helped establish. Taking over The Silver Surfer, he not only produced a very fine 18-issue run together with artist Ron Lim, starting with the five issues collected in this volume (#34–38) and lasting until issue #52 (#39 being a fill-in issue by Alan Grant and James Sherman).

The five-issue arc "The Rebirth of Thanos" not only showed that Starlin was back, but that he had brought along what is arguably his best contribution to the Marvel universe: Thanos of Titan.

For fans of Starlin's earlier work, this was a bright day. Thanos had first appeared in an issue of Iron Man by Starlin, but had then quickly been drawn into his run on Captain Marvel and the played an integral part his Warlock saga, both of which established Starlin as a great storyteller within cosmic superhero genre.

Thanos had met his demise in those earlier adventures, but being a nihilist who only ever loved dead (but ever so intensely), Starlin's conceit of having Mistress Death return Thanos to the living on a mission for her, makes utmost sense. The arc presented here continues into the two-part prestige format mini series The Thanos Quest, which is also included in this volume (together with the five pages long short "The Final Flower", in which Scott Edelman and Mike Zeck portrays one of the many confrontations between Thanos and Drax the Destroyer; all in all, not really a necessary inclusion in my humble opinion).

This, together with a lot of Starlin's remaining Silver Surfer run, set things up for Starlin's cosmic Infinity trilogy and a string of Warlock related titles. At this point, I only think it is a shame that Marvel has not collected the remaining run, as it contains several relevant plot elements that bear fruition in The Infinity Gauntlet (including the Surfer's visit to Soul World and Starlin's first signalling the return of Adam Warlock).

All in all, this is the good stuff, and I recommend it heartily.
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