Title: Silver Surfer: Black (2019-) #1
Words: Donny Cates
Art: Tradd Moore
Colors: Dave Stewart
Published: June 12, 2019
Publisher’s Summary: Spinning out of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1, almost the entire galaxy’s defenders have been blown through a black hole, including the Silver Surfer! But the story doesn’t end there… In order to fight back the oblivion, Surfer will have to fight to save his own soul and not lose himself to the void. Follow the Sentinel of the Spaceways on a journey that will change him forever! From superstars Donny Cates (VENOM, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY) and Tradd Moore (ALL-NEW GHOST RIDER, VENOM)!
In Silver Surfer: Black (2019-) #1, Silver Surfer fights to save himself, as well as his friends, after being blasted into a black hole.
Series after series, Donny Cates somehow manages to outdo himself, raising the bar higher and higher for his contemporaries in the process, and in Silver Surfer: Black #1, he’s done it again. Silver Surfer’s description and account of his experience in the black hole is mesmerizing. Cates’ writing throughout the issue is masterful in that it is as telling as it is beautiful. At times poetic, it is difficult to avoid getting swept away by Cates’ use of language.
Throughout Silver Surfer: Black #1, Tradd Moore’s artwork is phenomenal. Presented here is a surreal expression of surreal circumstances. Moore’s illustrations are beautiful and teeming with the kind of mind-numbing detail that allows readers to experience the incomprehensible. Dave Stewart’s color work is equally impressive, as he makes images pop from pages with immense energy. Every page in this book is well-crafted and showcases great movement; when reading, be sure to give yourself time to get lost in the artwork.
In his letter to readers, published at story’s end, Donny Cates mentions that the Silver Surfer has long been understood to be Stan Lee’s favorite creation, and he describes the weight and responsibility he felt while writing this issue, knowing how important it is, and will be. Typically, I wouldn’t comment on letters issued to fans, but I do here because this passion, this respect, this love for the medium that Cates exhibits in this correspondence, is apparent in all of his work. Donny Cates is an excellent storyteller, yes, but, like you and me, he is a passionate fan first. Cates was looking to write a perfect story of Stan Lee, and I don’t know if such a thing even exists, but Silver Surfer: Black (2019-) #1 comes damn-close.
Silver Surfer: Black is a mind-melting masterpiece.