“The Most Important Person in the Universe”
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: Dan Slott
Art: Michael Allred
Colors: Laura Allred
Letters: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Covers: Michael & Laura Allred, Francesco Francavilla, Chris Samnee, and Matthew Wilson
Review by Scott Keys
When Marvel announced that they would be relaunching Silver Surfer with Dan Slott and Michael Allred, I was beyond stoked! Putting one of my favorite Marvel writers together with one of my all-time favorite artists was a match made in heaven for this comic book geek. But would the hype and expectations be met by this dynamic duo?
Of course it was! I really enjoyed the collaboration between Slott and Allred, because as the credits in the book say, they are the storytellers. This book was a true partnership between writer and artist, with some pretty awesome results. I loved the establishment of Dawn Greenwood (the girl dubbed “the most important person in the Universe”) at the beginning as a child and flashing forward to adulthood. If you’ve already read the Point One issue or the free Infinite comic (the same story, btw) then you’ve seen Dawn already, but Slott does a nice job filling in some of the blanks with the character, albeit, not ALL of the blanks just yet. As far as Slott’s Surfer is concerned, I feel he has a great “voice” for the Surfer. He plays him as a quirky, all powerful being (even being worshiped by the people of a tiny planet he saves) that doesn’t always “get” the joke. This, to me, is the perfect persona for someone with the power cosmic. He’s so far above everything that he doesn’t always see the connections.
Now, I can go on and on about the art. Trust me, Allred’s art is superb on this book, almost as if he were born to illustrate the Surfer. He channels Kirby with the utmost perfection and reverence, while still making it his own. Add to that the opportunity to create some truly “out-there” alien life forms and a breathtaking double-page spread of the Impericon! Truly stunning craftsmanship that I wish I had even a quarter of! I mean, his character design, storytelling, and layouts are absolutely perfect! Of course, his wife, Laura, makes all of his beautiful art come to life with her impeccable colors!
Silver Surfer #1 was probably one of my absolute favorite book of the recent All-New Marvel NOW! relaunches, simply because of the perfect partnership of Slott and the Allreds! Can’t wait to see where this pop-art & Whovian influenced ride takes me next!
Art: 5 / 5
Story: 5 / 5
Overall: 5 / 5
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