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Silver Surfer: Parable Hardcover – December, 1988
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This volume has two tales, with the Surfer saving the Earth in different ways. The second story is the more traditional, with the Earth invaded by the Enslavers and Mrrungo-Mu, an all-powerful race who weaken the planet by first taking its heroes, then its population to satisfy its own needs. If the Surfer is to be mankind's last, best hope, he will need to rely on his virtue even more than his Power Cosmic. It's a well written story, but beyond that doesn't do much to distinguish itself; on its own, it is probably a 3.5 star story.
What elevates this collection is Parable, a two-part, Eisner winning story that otherwise doesn't fit with the Surfer timeline. It pits the Surfer against Galactus, his traditional foe, as instead of the powerful alien invading the Earth, he merely appears, and watches as humanity tears itself apart. Again, the Surfer's greatest power in this battle is his virtue, but the tale is far more than Herald against his former master; it is a story of prophets and false prophets, of fanatic belief and disbelief, of gods and idols. On its own, it makes the collection worthy of 5 stars, and is one of the most moving stories I have ever read in a comic book/graphic novel. To say that it's timely today would be trite; the story's theme is more universal to human nature.
It is titled "PARABLE" but there is another tale entitled "THE ENSLAVERS", so you're in for a double treat!!
The main story "PARABLE" is written by Mr. STAN LEE and ARTED by the french super talent MOEBIUS , this is one of the most uniquely stunning type of art I've ever seen. The works of Mr. MOEBIUS is truly ARTISAN indeed!!..and STAN'S story sure does compliment the art in which the MIGHTY GALACTUS gets cunning, declaring to all of humanity that he is GOD himself, allowing total anarchy, wanting humanity to destroy themselves, then he could consume the earth but his former herald: THE SILVER SURFER soars in to confront GALACTUS but it's not fisticuffs that wins the day but a bizarre doctrine by the SILVERED ONE...The story is deeply rooted in PHILOSOPHY, THEOLOGY and RELIGION itself!! The message is most potent, it will have you pondering your destiny, your purpose and placing yourself in the grand scheme of things...
The other tale, "THE ENSLAVERS" also written by STAN LEE, is another well crafted effort with classy art by KEITH POLLARD, takes up approximately two thirds of the book in which THE SILVERED ONE confronts the dreaded MRRUNGO-MU!!! an absolute dictator, plunderer and conqueror, MRRUNGO-MU, he who enslaves entire worlds and civilizations and absorbs the essences of the powerful into himself and thus possesses nearly unlimited POWER COSMIC!!!. After conquering countless worlds including fabled ZENN-LA, the home of the SILVERED ONE, MRRUNGO-MU next target is the EARTH!! ....And only THE SILVER SURFER can stop him!?!?!? A tale of love, peril and hope, "THE ENSLAVERS" is very impacting indeed!!!
This edition collects two very significant SILVER SURFER stories, though out of the continuous Marvel Universe, these tales are supreme towards themselves!!...There are so many unanswered questions out there and right here: perhaps we are living in a "PARABLE" and are perhaps under the drill of "THE ENSLAVERS". For all SILVER SURFER fans, this is a must-have and very highly recommended to all who crave a powerful feast for the mind and eyes alike!!.. a marvel masterpiece..a truly significant output...once more,,Make Mine Marvel!!!.