Written by Al Ewing
Art by Javier Rodriguez
Letters by Joe Caramagna
The Rundown: The Defenders face a cosmic threat and the Silver Surfer confronts his future in the past.
Silver Surfer remembers his time as the herald of Galactus and the regret he sometimes saw on the face of the creature. The devourer they face in the past has none of that sentiment as the Defenders find themselves in the middle of a crisis. The Defenders fight to save as many civilians as they can, but Strange is unable to perform magic. The other hero working to help is a woman named Taaia who rescues Strange before he’s crushed during a quake.
In the aftermath of the attack, the heroes are taken to Taaia’s hidden base where they discover that her child will one day become Galactus. Silver Surfer laments over who the child will become as he watches over him. In the midst of contemplating what to do with the future destroyer, he is confronted by the Masked Raider and reveals that he knows one of the man’s secrets. As the Defenders prepare to take on Omnimax, Surfer sees that this devourer also has a herald. One who has a familiar face and enough raw power to end the Surfer.
The Story: Ewing crafts a great story filled with action, adventure and humor. The plot is fun and the emphasis on Silver Surfer and his conflicted emotions about an infant Galactus is great drama. The Masked Raider’s role in these events is an interesting mystery and the whole issue felt fresh and different on many levels. I continue to be intrigued by this series and I cannot wait to see where the story goes next.
The Art: Rodriguez delivers some blistering visuals throughout the issue. The style is perfect for this type of story as well as the characters and I was blown away by the imagery.