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Posted August 4, 2005
As a longtime Silver Surfer fan, who didn¿t managed to keep very many issues over the years, I am delighted to find a collection such as this. I am not at all disappointed with my purchase, but will have to struggle a bit to limit my reading of this to just a few times so that I can keep it in pristine condition. The art of this collection is exquisitely beautiful, as always with Silver Surfer stories. ¿Masterworks¿ is truly an appropriate title because both the art and storytelling are masterful, treating Stan Lee¿s greatest character creation (in my opinion) with the loving care a masterpiece deserves. The stories in this book very much embody the true essence of Silver Surfer and everything that is wonderful about his saga. Please excuse any gushing in my descriptions, but I am sure that many other female Surfer fans feel the same way I do about this amazing character. Having read the six stories in this book without pausing, I am once again mesmerized and awed by the many exceptional qualities of my favorite superhero: self-sacrifice, insight, humanity despite not being human, kindness, trusting nature, sensitivity, the ever-cool surfing the solar winds skills, quick thinking, ability to look at the big picture, amazing speed, no apparent Achilles heel (other than a trusting and kind nature), purity of motives and spirit, no human flaws such as greed and pride, compassion, tremendous power, etc. Also, his expressions are often incredibly endearing for example, frequent expressions of surprise and delight, which contrast nicely to his normal stoicism. The unique and engaging villains are also an interesting element in these tales. The morals and values present in these stories are highly significant. I believe kids should definitely be encouraged to read them. Parents striving to raise decent human beings, and the heroes of our future, would do well to encourage this pursuit because the lessons in this book are well worth learning. --J.H. Sweet, author of The Fairy Chronicles, and Silver Surfer fanWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 12, 2003
This is a great graphic novel. It tells the origin of Silver Surfer in great detail. Stan Lee and John Buscema put together a great series with excellent writing from Stan and incredible art from Buscema. Theres never a dull moment in the book which covers the first 6 issues of the Silver Surfer. I definately think any fan of Silver Surfer should pick this book up, you won't be dissapointed at all.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 18, 2003
This is the art that became the 'Marvel Way' for the following decade. John Buscema's art built upon Jack Kirby's foundations which all artists had tried to immitate and he developed it beyond belief. Every page is epic. No panel is wasted. There is no 'filler'. Buscema literally would go on to write the book on comic illustration. Also, Stan Lee's writing is his finest (devoid of his sometimes cornball style) and deals with stories on what can only be called a 'biblical' scale. 'Masterworks' is a questionable title for this whole series, I have always thought, because although these are the origin books for Marvel that doesn't make them all truly great in themselves. However, Silver Surfer issues 1-18 are indeed MASTERWORKS. Here is a softcover from BN for $12! Not the $40-$50 this series costs in its hardcover version. (On Ebay, the hardcover Surfers go over $100!) This Barnes & Nobel Silver Surfer has issue SIX in it and has been remastered just like its hardcover comic shop version. Let's hope a second volume with issues 7-18 is released by BN as well! An unbelieveble value.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 15, 2010
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