3. Silver Surfer
Silver Surfer has always been one of Marvel’s more “a break from the mainstream” titles. This guyis a cosmic traveller.He was created in the mid-1960s and in many ways his characterization epitomizes that era. For the era of beat poetry and hippy culture, mind-expanding experiences were sought by comic readers.Silver Surfer’s surfboard transcended the planes ofspace, time, and reality itself and in the process questioned the nature and element of existence along the way – heady stuff indeed.
That was then. Now though, writer Dan Slott got hold of the Surfer and gave him a new spin.He has become a delightful, cheery, funny, rip-roaring romp through space and time that explodes with colour and personality. It is as though we have a Doctor Who and Marvel crossover set in the Marvel universe. The writer Slott doesn’t mind the comparison as his Twitter feed regularly professes his love of all things Whovian.
So what exactly happens in this new take of Silver Surfer? With the Whovian inspiration, Slott’s series witnesses Silver Surfer taking a companion for his own (Dawn). Her presence adds the element of heart and humanity that works remarkably well with the Surfer’s stoic nobility. Michael and Laura Allred are at the helm of the artwork. We see a colorful burst of joy. Every panel invites you to tag along on a heady cosmic ride. If you’re looking for a fun comic that sometimes manages to be thought-provoking, Dan Slott’s Silver Surfer is what I recommend for you.
4. Venom: Space Knight
For most Marvel and Spider-Man, it must be difficult to digest that Flash Thompson (the same guy who used to bully Peter Parker in high school) has been through a lot of tough times over the years. But then again, it is also true that bullies were often victims themselves at some point or other.Thompson lost his legs in war before he became the new Venom. Since then, he even started fighting for the good guys, joined the Guardians of the Galaxy for a while. Now, we know him as a charming space rogue who dons his menacing black Venom symbiote suit. He is the captain of his ship and runs the rag-tag team of suicidal robot, a large pink warrior woman, and an enormous panda who’s also an assassin with a child.
Admittedly, it is a crazy premise to begin with but what matters here is that it should works and it does. Flash/Venom works well within its limitations. He was never the brightest guy; he has always been an impulsive jock with a temper. This makes him a bit of a Hans Solo type of character leading an odd assortment of stragglers on adventures across the stars. The central conflict is about Flash’s relationship with his symbiote Venom suit, which has a mind and motivation of its own. The suit is parasitic in that it is a living creature that would rather use the host’s body for its own malevolent purposes than work together to right the universe’s wrongs. All in all, Space Knight amounts to one hell of a swashbuckling space adventure.