Silver Surfer Annual #5: Review

Jan 1992
Ron Marz, Tom Morgan

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Story Name:

The Return of the Defenders Part 3: Blood Rites

Review & Comments

3 stars

Silver Surfer Annual #5 Review by (February 15, 2010)
This is part 3 of the four-part “The Return of the Defenders” storyline that began in INCREDIBLE HULK ANNUAL #19 and continued in NAMOR THE SUBMARINER ANNUAL #2. The story concludes in DR STRANGE ANNUAL #2. This is the first of three stories in this annual; Hulk does not appear in the other two.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Silver Surfer Annual #5 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro
After Shanzar (in Namor’s body) has carried off Namor (in Rick Jones’ body), the Silver Surfer arrives to offer his help to the incredible Hulk and Doctor Strange. After filling him in on the story thus far, the reunited Defenders try to discover their kidnapped partner’s whereabouts. Strange and the Surfer are at a loss, until Hulk suggests Delphi, who is able to locate Shanzar. The heroes head to the middle of the Pacific Ocean where an energy dome is sitting on the ocean floor. Shanzar opens a portal for the heroes to enter and orders his demons to attack. The three Defenders battle the demons, unaware that they have been manipulated all along by the villain: they were duped into bringing the Surfer to Shanzar’s lair, their actions are forming part of the spell to summon an Elder God known as the Wild One from his dimensional prison, and the Surfer’s energy is being drained to power the sacrificial knife that plays the final part in the ceremony. When the knife is fully powered, Shanzar uses it to stab the Silver Surfer, whose spilled blood is the final ingredient needed for the Dark God’s resurrection. As the ground quakes, the heroes and villains flee to the surface, where Namor/Rick is set free. The newly revived Wild One bursts to the surface, a leather-jacketed hipster driving a red hot rod. The Wild One heads off for some fun in Hawaii and the heroes pursue. The Defenders arrive to see the leering villain seated on the beach of a flaming island and surrounded by demons, welcoming them to his hellish Fantasy Island. To be continued in Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme Annual #2.

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Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange

(Stephen Strange)
Silver Surfer
Silver Surfer

(Norrin Radd)

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