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Silver Surfer #52: Review

Aug 1991
Ron Marz, Ron Lim

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The hero in absence

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4 stars

Silver Surfer #52 Review by (April 2, 2021)
Scribe Ron Marz pinch hits for Jim Starlin again (after #49) while Jim keeps busy with Infinity Gauntlet.

Thanos destroyed a family car full of witnesses. Arthur Douglas and his wife died, but Mentor rescued their daughter Heather and raised her on Titan to become Moondragon. The ascended spirit of Mentor's father Kronos created the body of Drax The Destroyer out of earth and fused Arthur's soul into it with no memories of his Earthly life but infused with an overwhelming desire to kill Thanos.

Later the Douglas pair learned of their relationship. Later still (Avengers #219-220) when the arrogant Moondragon mentally took over a whole world for its own good, Drax tried to stop her and that's when she killed him and his body was destroyed.

Kronos resurrected him in our #35 after Thanos was reborn in #34.

The final scene lands Drax and Firelord into the middle of IG#3.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Silver Surfer #52 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
This issue begins by reminding us of some past relevant events. At the end of #50 Silver Surfer crashed through the roof window of Dr Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum. (In last issue which starred Galactus and Nova (Frankie Raye), SS only featured in a lengthy flashback to many weeks previously.) In Infinity Gauntlet #1 Stephen Strange found him and the exhausted Norrin Radd managed to warn him of the threat of Thanos. Later in IG#1 we were on Titan with Drax The Destroyer, Eros and Firelord when Mentor (father of Eros and Thanos) vanished. The super-computer ISAAC informed them that half the population of the universe was gone, and Thanos was to blame. (We know that it was to please Death and win her favour - it didn't work.) In IG#2 Eros disappeared too (we know that he was separately taken by his brother for personal attention).

Now Drax and Firelord are left to sort things out, and neither of them know how to use the computer system. And simple-minded Drax wants Pyreus Kril to bring his friends back, assuming that the recent arrival of Firelord was the cause of the disappearances. On the way to find help they meet a young boy named Tycho whose parents vanished. He leads them to ISAAC's central control room but doesn't know the entry code, so Drax breaks the door down.

Inside they find it empty but among the display screens 1 of them is showing a video-only recording of a recent event on the the Moon which shows Silver Surfer fighting and destroying Thanos. (From #50 but we know it was only Thanos' reanimated old body which was turned to stone back in Marvel Two-In_One Annual #2.) Firelord assumes that the Thanos-crisis is over and learns from the computer that SS is now somewhere in New York. But Drax's damaged brain has at last remembered what Surfer sent him to Titan to tell them. Thanos can't be dead because the Infinity Gauntlet has made him a god.

Unfortunately Firelord thinks dumb Drax doesn't know what he's talking about. Drax thinks Kril is making fun of him and he gets very angry and starts a fight. The ex-Herald Of Galactus fights back as little as possible while trying to talk Drax down. But eventually he too loses his temper and manifests/summons his Cosmic Fire Staff to blast his opponent with. Tycho calls for them to stop but Drax picks up a large statue of Mentor which the boy is standing on and prepares to swat Firelord with it. Pyreus calls out a warning and Drax gently lowers the statue to the ground, racked with remorse.

The Destroyer remembers that he used to be reasonably smart in a previous life. But then his daughter killed him with a mental blast. Lately he was recreated when his sworn foe Thanos came back to life (but he's brain damaged). Now he accepts Firelord's help, and they agree to go to Earth to find the Surfer to learn what's going on. But 1st they hand Tycho into the temporary care of a Titanian couple who've lost their son in the great vanishing.

The duo fly out of the underground city into space. As they travel along Pyreus Kril wonders what he's getting into. Then a portal opens up in front of them and delivers them to Avengers HQ to be greeted by Dr Strange and Surfer alongside Captain America, Cloak, Iron Man, She-Hulk, Spider-Man, Thor (Eric Masterson) and Wolverine with Adam Warlock and Pip The Troll. Then Strange brings Nova (Richard Rider) and Sub-Mariner through 2 more portals.

Ron Lim
Tom Christopher
Tom Vincent
Ron Lim (Cover Penciler)
Tom Christopher (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Ken Bruzenak.
Editor: Craig Anderson. Editor-in-chief: Tom DeFalco.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange

(Stephen Strange)

(Drax the Destroyer)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)

(Richard Rider)

(Jennifer Walters)
Silver Surfer
Silver Surfer

(Norrin Radd)

(Peter Parker)

(Eric Masterson)

(James Howlett)

Plus: Cloak.

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