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Walgreen’s Exclusive Marvel Legends Silver Surfer (2018)

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Like I mentioned with the ML Thing I posted a few weeks back, man am I glad that Walgreen’s got into the Marvel game!  I had yet to find a Silver Surfer figure that I really enjoyed.  Either the silver wasn’t silver enough or the sculpt wasn’t right.  Of course, then Walgreen’s announced a Surfer figure and from the first moment pics were released the internet was a buzz!  The Surfer figure killed it on so many levels!  The coloring is great and the fact that the we get 3 sets of hands is just killer!  Honestly, the power accessories don’t much look like something the power cosmic would produce but that small complaint isn’t enough to make me not recommend the figure.  They are appearing pretty much everywhere so go out and grab it today!

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Hulk Appearances: Volume 9 – Silver Surfer #125

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Without Banner the Hulk has no humanity to keep him at bay.  The Silver Surfer was not aware of this anomaly until this issue.  Whenever the two have met while the Surfer was always impressed with the Hulk’s pure rage and strength, ultimately, he was no match for the Surfer’s cosmic power.  This meeting didn’t go as usual though – mainly because Banner was ripped into another dimension.

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The Surfer, after years of soaring the space ways, has finally returned to Earth.  One of his first encounters is with his old teammate, the Hulk.  The Hulk is angry though – and Banner-less – and the Surfer can’t seem to get the idea until he tries to return the emerald giant to his human form… only to realize that there is no human form there.

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The Hulk believes he is dying but the Surfer realizes the truth.  This issue directly follow the events of Hulk #450 where Strange confronted the Hulk and the Heroes Reborn storyline was finally unfolding the returning to Earth – meaning there are two Hulks that will inhabit the same universe… at least for a few brief instances.  It’s about a decade later when the Hulk and Surfer will tangle together again.

Thunder Clap No
Mind Control No
Funny Nickname No
Hero vs. Hero Yes!
“Hulk Smash!” No

Marvel Universe Galactus and Silver Surfer (2010)

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I was pretty selective when it came to buying the Marvel Universe figures but there was no way I would ever let a Galactus figure this amazing to get by.  The awesome might of this figure is, if you never had the opportunity to see one in person, is too much to ignore.  This is not the first Galactus figure Marvel produced – there was a Marvel Legends BAF that is impressive as well – but this fits into the scale of the MU way better than the ML did.  Not really, of course, seeing as the Planet Eater is too gargantuan to make to scale – but this as good a match up as we’re ever going to get!

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One of the best features of this toy is the electronic voice that booms from it when you press the button in the middle of his chest.  Even better, is the figure does not come alone.  Galactus could never work alone – he needs his herald – and thank goodness they choose his favorite of the bunch (but how great would it have been if they had chosen Nova or Firelord!).  This version of the Silver Surfer is the best version to get which is a shame the only way to obtain one was purchasing this pricey figure!  Of course, you could always eBay it – but hey, why would you want one without the other anyways?  Most of the Surfer figure we were served with has a flatter finish that was more grey than silver.  Not this figure though – he shimmers in the light like he’s supposed to!

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There is a darker variant to this figure – I’m not sure if it was an exclusive or not – but it never made it’s way to the aisle of my local TRU.  It’s a cool paint – but this is the classic – the better version – and the Silver Surfer’s paint job looks a bit silly to me.   Either way, if you ever choose to get this figure you should certainly looking to the bright purple and blue!  Even the grimace on the Eater of Worlds face is perfect.  It’s a substantial piece though – you need to have the room to display it.  Truly, though, one of the best offerings the line ever gave us.

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Read This/Avoid This – Volume 4

A new set of comics to either read or avoid altogether!  Each time I highlight a group of comics that are somewhat/somehow related.  Even if the connection is very, very thin – I make it work!  This volume has two story arcs that span a few titles.

AVOID THIS!

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Dead Man’s Hand
A 9 part mini spanning DD #307-309, Punisher: War Journal #45-47
& Nomad #4-6

Daredevil is dealing with the apparent death of the Kingpin (spoiler – he’s totally not dead) – the major problem now being that there are groups looking to lead the crime organizations that were under Kingpin’s umbrella.  We begin in Daredevil #307 and follow the exploits through Nomad 4-6 and Punisher: War Journal 45-47.  Careful though, the run has somewhat of a hiccup as Nomad #4 is Part 2 and then Nomad #5 is Part 4 – skipping Daredevil’s turn in the rotation.  It’s odd – but not a big deal.  Anyways, the entire series has Nomad, Castle and Murdock all on their own and getting in each other’s way.

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Each of the heroes are in Vegas for their own reasons.  Frank heard about the meeting of the (criminal)minds  and sees it as an opportunity to take out a whole bunch of bad guys at once.  Daredevil isn’t looking for carnage but is looking to see that no one passes the torch and builds up what Kingpin’s (apparent) death has torn down.  Nomad sort of just happened to be there trying to save his friend.  It’s a classic “wrong place, wrong time” scenario.

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There is a lot of filler in these issues to make this story line run the whole 9 issues.  A lot of the Nomad interactions don’t really seem to add anything to the plot and of course him having a child in tow makes it even more cringe-worthy.  This, mind you, was my first introduction to the character Deadpool.  You read that right – when I first read this I had never even heard about Deadpool before.  His appearance makes no sense and is of no consequence to the whole of the story – but does affect the Nomad section.

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The Punisher and Daredevil are perfectly combined here with Frank’s enthusiasm to kill and Daredevil’s resolve to not let it happen.  It’s the Odd Couple on steroids and a whole bunch of guns.  With a stronger story base the two characters may be able to pull off a better, more entertaining tale.  They are certainly the best parts of this stagnant mini but overall they can’t even save my attention from boredom.

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It doesn’t help that the bigger bad of the story is Tombstone and that character has never succeeded in keeping my interest.  One of the bigger problems may lie in the fact that each series that this arc spans has their own writer and artist and makes reading the whole run feel inconsistent.  I wish I could give a bit more of a recommendation or point to something worth retreading in these issues but it’s just not there.  Grade: D+

READ THIS!

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Lifeform
A 4 Part mini spanning The Punisher Annual #3, Dardevil Annual #6, Incredible Hulk Annual #16 and Silver Surfer Annual #3

This mini is so much better for a few reasons.  Mostly because you’re looking for just 4 different issues rather than 9 – and they are Annuals so you just don’t get the part of the story of the mini but extras in each!  My personal favorite is The Hulk’s extra stories, of course, but the Silver Surfer’s extras come in a close second.  Each issue’s added stories is really fun to see – you get into Frank Castle’s arsenal and Daredevil yelling at some children.

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The story is a fun, gruesome and violent ride about a man who let the desire to please his father take over his better common sense.  A decision that eventually costs him his life.  Of course, dealing with AIM you know that you’re life may be at stake.  This story begins with the Punisher dealing with a wealthy family who is stuck a little too deep into there dark dealings.  The choices they make ultimately costs most of their lives.  The Punisher, thinking he has dealt with the problem in his own special way, actually lets loose the creature that lurks into Daredevil.

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What could possibly be the only real filler issue of this 4 part mini – a sort of waste where nothing of consequence happens – Daredevil deals with the monster in a different way.  You sort of can’t blame Matt for thinking that this problem ends with him.  It does not though as it seeps into the pages of the Incredible Hulk.  This it the most action packed issue and my personal favorite.  It involves a unassuming Hulk villain that I was sort of shocked to see – Mercy.  As it turns out, this man who was infected with the biological weapon isn’t having any fun.  The monster he is becoming continuously more and more dominant and the man inside is begging to be killed.

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The Hulk has no problem granting the wish – but the monster inside isn’t ready to go.  The battle that ensues is both violent and hilarious.  Overall though, Hulk is unable to fulfill the death wish – even though he is unaware of that – and Lifeform continues to eat people/grow into the pages of the Silver Surfer.  The final installment of this epic is both entertaining and heartbreaking.  The Surfer’s resolve to never destroy a life is put to the test when the man inside the monster keeps asking to be killed.  Ultimately, the Surfer has to live with his choice in the cold vastness of space.  Read for yourself what happens.  Grade: B+

Read This/Avoid This! Volume 2

If you think there is nothing new worth reading of our favorite jade mass of muscles then read on!  Basically I am going to highlight two books – One you should totally read – like, right now, and the other is one to avoid like the plague!  Let’s get started!

Avoid This!

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What If? #70
What If the Silver Surfer Had Not Betrayed Galactus? (1995)
W: Dixon
A: Barney/Hudson

The story idea itself sounds like a great idea – and it intrigued me since I am knee deep reading the 3rd volume of the Silver Surfer (a review will be coming of this entire series). Unfortunately, they did not deliver what could have been an amazing battle.  Instead the Earth is destroyed, the ultimate nullifier is incinerated, and Galactus makes Reed Richards look like a complete wuss.  But hey, they lived – so happy ending, right?  Ugh.  Not to mention, Doom kills the Surfer (or Surfer kills Doom) and they are both no more.  I was thinking the story would show off an epic battle between all of the heroes on Earth and Galactus withe the end result of Galactus still being beaten – but instead the Surfer betrays the FF and hands over the one thing Galactus feared to his master.  The Ultimate Nullifier.  With that in Galactus’ hands he wastes no time in turning the Earth into rubble.  All but the FF who stow away in a storm cellar of sorts inside the Baxter Building.

After that the FF tear after Galactus, bent on revenge.  Doom somehow survives the event as well and wants the power that Galactus displayed for himself.  He tries to catch up to Big G’s ship but runs into Surfer instead.  The two battle it out and, surprisingly, Doom overloads Surfer with power, and blows the Surfer up – killing them both.  Meanwhile, Reed – who takes the Nullifier back – shows his hand holding nothing as he can’t even bring himself to use it.  Instead, he says that he and the rest of the team will be his new heralds finding non-populated worlds for him to consume.

So… the Earth dies off but he won’t kill anyone else?  And that’s a happy ending?  The fact that Doom beat Surfer in space so handily was also a sore spot with me.  How?  Why?  What?  If you read a full story with all questions still being left unanswered than you know someone hasn’t done their job properly.  Grade: D+

Read This!

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What If? #49
What If The Silver Surfer Possessed the Infinity Gauntlet? (1993)
W: Marz
P: Clark / West
I: Ekland

The month before Hulk kills Wolverine the What If? series hands us one of the best What If? stories in the whole run!  One that I am still bummed they omitted from the Infinity Gauntlet Omnibus.  This is certainly an issue that would have fit in nicely!  The story begins with the Surfer tearing toward Thanos (who is about to dispatch Cap) and instead of missing taking the Gauntlet off of Thanos’ hand – he snatches right off.  Warlock congratulates the Surfer on a job well done but then asks for the gauntlet.  Surfer, having no intention on filling that request puts the golden glove on himself.  He reverts the world back to normal and undoes all of Thanos evil-doing.

Trying to purge the world of all evil and keeping peace everywhere Surfer even visits Mephisto – and when he doesn’t get the answer he sought actually destroys the lord of the underworld.  With Thanos and Warlock watch the Surfer trying to handle being a God (and realizing that this will all go wrong) they seek Strange’s help in dethroning the former herald turned deity.  Strange’s only real suggestion is to bring back Shalla-Bal.  She does convince the Surfer to re-think his current plan – but not before a little domestic dispute, including a little celestial assault.  It ends in an almost predictable fashion – but still fulfilling jus the same.  Really great issue! Grade: A

Marvel Universe 2-Pack – Dr. Strange/Silver Surfer (2012)

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Sure enough they have made the Defenders 2-Pack!  It has Strange and Surfer and I think the only reason the Hulk is not in this 2 pack is because they already brought out the Hulk/Wolverine 2-pack.  So I can’t complain… then again – when have I ever let reality stop me from ranting!  Actually, I was pretty happy to get this 2-pack.

SURFER!

There is a slight paint change from the original Surfer to this one – but there isn’t much you can do otherwise to make this figure look different.  He’s freaking Silver!  Put some shiny spots on him – at least that’s something new!  And to top it off – the Strange figure is the same one we received on the single card.

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Part of the reason I bought this is because I like to display the figures in the original packaging – yes, I am one of those – and I do like how they made these 2-packs with a comic that features each of the characters!  So, while we aren’t exactly getting anything new – it’s hard to resist picking up such great figures!

The 2 most powerful members… other than Hulk!

The Incredible Hulk #464 (1998) – The Review

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I loved Kubert on the Hulk.  His art fit so nicely – but he also couldn’t keep a monthly schedule… so his dad had to help finish the issues.  Which is actually not as great as you think.  Adam and Joe have completely different styles – and they don’t mesh well!  I really feel like I have written this before – but moving on, it’s distracting when the art changes halfway through an issue.  That being said – this is a pretty great read!

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Trauma died way back in issue #416.  His father, Armageddon, is a particular great Hulk foe (they should have used him way more) and he let the Hulk and the Pantheon go, honoring his dead son’s dying wish.  But now he is back.  nd he wants the Hulk to give his life to bring his son back.  Oh boy – I am getting ahead of myself here… first, let me explain that Armageddon is back on Earth and set up shop in the Leader’s old home, Freehold.  He discovered the Leader’s re-animation machine – crap, I am still getting ahead of myself…

Actually, the issue starts with Ross and Banner being walked through Freehold by the Troyjans – Armageddon’s soldiers – and Ross and Banner are having a little banter about the death of Trauma, whose fault it was and such.  Ross asks Bruce is Armageddon holds a grudge – then they come across a statue of Armageddon and Trauma holding a decapitated Hulk head!  And Rock – remember Rock?  Sam LaRoquette of the Hulkbusters turned into Rock by the Leader?  Well, he sees Banner and Ross and goes to say “Hi”  Ross is shocked at LaRoquette’s condition but then remembers all about his life/death – time as Redeemer and resurrection.

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Rick Jones is still crying about being a cripple and Marlo sets him straight in a really funny back and forth.  Remember kids – Franklin Delano Roosevelt was in a wheelchair – not Teddy.

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Meanwhile, we see the Silver Surfer blasting his way into Freehold.  This is about the point where Armageddon tells the Hulk about wanting him to give his life so that his son may live.  Surfer comes to the rescue and blasts in – he tells the Hulk to leave – but Hulk declines.  He says that he will do it.  He will give his life for Armageddon’s life.  Hulk climbs into the machine and once it begins the Troyjans say the readings are of the scale.  Armageddon asks why Hulk is laughing – and suddenly the whole machine explodes.  Trauma’s body burns up and Armageddon is happy that at least the Hulk was taken in the explosion.  Then the Hulk walks out of the rubble saying that it tickled.  Armageddon knows that the Hulk knew what would happen.  The Troyjans are ready to attack – but Armageddon stops them.  In a strange turn of events – he applauds the Hulk’s confidence and says that the Hulk beat him.  Then, as he is leaving with his army, he tells the Hulk that he WILL kill him someday – and asks who loves him enough to bring him back when he dies.

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Great, great issue.  I think Armageddon is so underused as a Hulk villain!  He almost looks like an evil Beta Ray Bill without the snout.  I love how PD’s stories bring back events from his past.  It’s what a good writer does – it’s what Pak does.  To fully understand this story you have to read Ground Zero, Ghosts of the Past and the Troyjan War.  Makes me realize I have a lot of great stories to cover!  This issue gets a solid B+