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Silver Surfer #5
February 20th, 2015 by Rusty

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Silver Surfer #5 cover

Silver Surfer #5

Date: October 2014
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Stats: 21 color pages plus ads
Storytellers: Dan Slott, Michael Allred, Laura Allred, Clayton Cowles


Do you ever have bad dreams? I do, and sometimes they are the really scary ones where I start awake and my heart is beating 100 miles per hour! I often find that I have the same dreams / nightmares over and over too – whatever that means. You know – the one where you can’t run, or you can’t help somebody or something like that. Sheesh – maybe I need to see somebody about that huh? Anyway, this issue of Silver Surfer involves the king of bad dreams – Nightmare himself. And a sinister plot is afoot that may allow him to rule over the Earth forever! Gasp!


“New Dawn” : In the previous issue Silver Surfer returned Dawn to her home on Earth, but when trying to leave found that the barrier around the planet was back and that he was stuck! This issue starts off with him returning to Dawn’s house and demanding to talk to her. There are some funny scenes where she gives him lessons in how to treat people, and then Dr. Strange and the Hulk show up. The 3 superheroes quickly deduce that Nightmare has fallen asleep and the people of the world are living out their worst dreams. Even worse – if he doesn’t wake up before dawn then that condition will prevail forever! Wow – what’s a super-team to do? Well, the good doctor gives his all-seeing eye to Dawn, and she learns what is happening and that she is the last person on Earth to be truly awake… so it’s up to her to save everything. No pressure. With the Silver Surfer as her guide they travel through a bunch of strange dreams and finally find the slumbering master of nightly disturbances – and then they put the Surfer’s board to good use to wake up Nightmare. Whew! Everything returns to normal, and Dawn fesses up that she wants to travel with the Surfer around the galaxy – so he agrees and off they go!

My 2 Cents:

  • Story: 5 stars – A very cool, if not terribly unique, idea – being trapped in a world of nightmares. The way the characters traverse though those dreams, though, that was even better!
  • Art: 5 stars – I am a big fan of the Allred art team, and this issue was very much up to par! Crisp, clean, pop art with a hint of retro and bright, brilliant colors – beautiful!
  • Fun Factor: 5 stars – I loved it from start to finish! The great art, humor, mystery and intelligent story telling all came into focus to create one sensational issue. I highly recommend this book and series.

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