by Patrick Ehlers
This article contains SPOILERS. If you haven’t read the issue yet, proceed at your own risk!
Sometimes I think I ask too much of comic books. I always want them to be grand statements about morality or the price of heroism or contain some other largely unknowable truth about the world. Silver Surfer is one of those series that sets this expectation for me, and the creative team of Dan Slott, Michael Allred, and Laura Allred obviously have a lot to say about life, love, and adventure. The penultimate issue of this series slows that all down by speeding up time, allowing the reader to bask in the simple sweetness of a life lived together. It is a rarity among comics — something nice just for the purpose of experiencing something nice.
There’s a little bit of a sci-fi morality tale tucked in to the beginning of this thing — Dawn and Norrin travel so far back in time that they slip into the previous universe and meet a proto-Galactus. At this point, he’s just a regular dude, not yet the devourer of worlds and enslaver of the Silver Surfer. Norrin is about to seize the opportunity to murder Galen, effectively re-writing the history of the universe, but Dawn talks him out of it. Her argument is simple: she sorta likes the universe. Sure, Galactus was as evil force for a very long time, but he is currently the Life Bringer. Leave it to Dawn Greenwood to see the good in everyone and every thing.
Once that business is settled, Slott and the Allreds allow us to just exist in Dawn’s goodness. A whole lifetime condensed to a few achingly sincere pages.
They are just happy. We get to see the activities they fill their time with, the objects they fill their home with, and ultimately the people they shared their life with. It’s an disarmingly sweet send-off for Dawn, and as she drifts off to death after a life well-lived, I couldn’t help but want to leave it there. Norrin balls us Dawn’s life energy and chases after Galen’s Incuba-Cell, so I guess he’s still got some unfinished business he’d like to attend to. But for the moment, I’m happy to have all of that sweetness without subversion.
The conversation doesn’t stop there. What do you wanna talk about from this issue?