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Silver Surfer: Rebirth #3: Review

Mar 2022
Ron Marz, Ron Lim

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4 stars

Silver Surfer: Rebirth #3 Review by (November 18, 2023)
Nebula 1st appeared in Avengers #257-260 as a space-pirate claiming to be the granddaughter of Thanos, which he strenuously denied. She temporarily wrested the Infinity Gauntlet from him in the mini-series of that name, but ended up with a severely scarred body. In Silver Surfer #70-73 she was given the cyborg body she has here.
But Thanos acknowledging her as his 'daughter' is an artefact of the post-Secret Wars multiverse, bringing her into line with her Cinematic counterpart. There she and Gamora were both adopted by Thanos as children, and she became a cyborg early in her life. Thanos always favoured Gamora over her.
Her cyborg appearance here can fit either history. But her relationship with Thanos suits the new version.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Silver Surfer: Rebirth #3 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
Someone has stolen the Reality Gem from Thanos, and he has recruited Silver Surfer to help him get it back. The villain has been experimenting with the Gem and managing to create new realities which don't last long. But at the end of last issue he sent each of them to a different new reality, which is where this issue will mainly take place.

Norrin Radd does a brief recall of his history (for *very* new readers). How he was happy on Zenn-La with his love Shalla-Bal until Galactus arrived to eat the world. To save them he agreed to become the Herald of Galactus with the Power Cosmic, and seek out worlds for his master to consume. Until they came to Earth and the Fantastic Four (or more exactly Alicia Masters) persuaded him to rebel. Galactus punished him by trapping him there, but later he escaped to space.

But now he has landed in a new reality where he is still the servant of the Big G. SS refuses to obey but his master will hear none of it. He destroys a small world but demands a more satisfying 1, And the Skyrider finds himself compelled to lead him to 1 such.

Meanwhile in another reality Thanos in his crashed throne/chair has met a version of his 'daughter' Nebula riding a dinosauroid. And now we see she leads an army of robots and 1 of Thanos' Sanctuary arks. She thinks her father is here to thwart her dream of universal conquest. Thanos says he'll repair his chair and then go, but his daughter thinks this a typical example of him ignoring her. So she orders her robots to attack. They mob him until he causes an explosion which wrecks them all. Except for 1 which he has to destroy personally. Nebula is left to attack with gun and blade seeking the respect she never got from him, or failing that his life. Eventually he tires of this and chokes her to death.

Then he returns to mending his chair. But Mistress Death visits him (unexpectedly because they have long stopped meeting). He offers her Nebula as a gift which she ignores. But then he finds himself reverting to an old state where he pleads for her love, saying that he will do anything for her. But she just envelops him in her darkness.

Back in Surfer's 'reality' Galactus has chosen a populated planet to eat. SS strikes at him with the Power Cosmic to stop him, but his master's return blast sends him crashing to the surface where he alerts the people to their danger and soars back to space to resume his attack. They meet in a clash of energies ...

... but the result is another change of reality. This time there is no Galactus but 4 figures emerge from an energy portal - 4 versions of of Surfer himself.

But to end this issue we pick where we left off with Jack Of Hearts and *his* master. Jack repeats his promise to kill SS and Thanos, but his master says it won't be necessary because they are lost in the myriad realities created by the Reality Gem. And now he stands revealed as Tyrant, who will rule this universe.

Ron Lim
Don Ho
Israel Silva
Ron Lim (Cover Penciler)
Don Ho (Cover Inker)
Israel Silva (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Joe Sabino.
Editor: Darren Shan. Editor-in-chief: C. B. Cebulski.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Jack of Hearts
Jack of Hearts

(Jonathan Hart)
Silver Surfer
Silver Surfer

(Norrin Radd)

Plus: Tyrant.

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