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Appearing in "Parable"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Silver Surfer (Vol. 4) #1

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Elyna Candell (First appearance)

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Other Characters:

  • Shalla-Bal (Only in flashback)

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Synopsis for "Parable"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Silver Surfer (Vol. 4) #1

Brief Summary:
Galactus returns to Earth, creating a wave of panic over the planet. He promises to bring humanity a new era with him as their god. He grants them freedom from all man-made laws, thus creating mass anarchy. The Silver Surfer confronts Galactus and demands him to honor his past pledge and stop harming the humans. Galactus states that he has done nothing and that the humans are to blame for this chaos. The Surfer tries to reason with the people of Earth, but they lash out at him in anger for his disrespect of their new god. Galactus also joins in on attacking the Silver Surfer.

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Detailed Summary:
An unidentified object is seen plummeting to Earth. The object is an enormous space ship, large enough for giants, and its appearance causes mass hysteria across the planet. The Silver Surfer sits amidst all the chaos, disguised as a vagrant and pining for his past life on Zenn-La. The police aggressively interrupt his daydreaming, but are distracted when the giant space ship lands within the city.

Out from the space ship comes Galactus. He promises to bring a new era by being their new god. All wars and violence comes to a halt and a new religion springs up for Galactus. Colton and Elyna watch these events unfold and Colton is determined to profit from the religious fervor around the giant alien. Galactus announces that he has come to set all free, free from guilt and man-made laws. This announcement creates a wave of anarchy through the city.

The Silver Surfer confronts Colton and warns him not to use Galactus' false promises to take advantage of the people. He ignores him, dismissing him as a common vagrant, but Elyna is curious about the Surfer's courage to stand up against the majority. She pleads for him to not confront Galactus, but the Surfer insists on risking his life to save this world.

The Silver Surfer asks why Galactus has broken his pledge to not harm Earth. Galactus states that he has come in peace and that the humans are the ones harming themselves. He is merely letting them destroy each other. The Surfer pleads to the humans to not listen to Galactus' words, but the crowds grow hostile to his lecturing. They lash out at him and try to shoot him from the sky. Galactus joins in the hostilities towards the Surfer, blasting buildings as he attempts to destroy his former herald.

Appearing in "Parable Part 2"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Silver Surfer (Vol. 4) #2

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Elyna Candell (Death)

Antagonists:

Other Characters:

  • Emma (First appearance)
  • Mayor Folger (First appearance) (Death)
  • President of the U.S.A. (First appearance)
  • Secretary General of the U.N. (First appearance)

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Synopsis for "Parable Part 2"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Silver Surfer (Vol. 4) #2

Brief Summary:
In an attempt to stop the destruction of the city by Galactus' blasts, the Silver Surfer flees the area to hide. However, Galactus finds his herald and brings him to back in order for their fight to continue. Elyna attempts to plead directly to Galactus, but looses control of her helicopter as she approaches the battle. The Surfer tries to save her, but it hit by Galactus and crashes, along with Elyna, to the ground. With the world witnessing Galactus' brutality, the people of Earth turn on him. Realizing that they don't worship him any longer, he ends the battle and leaves the planet.

Detailed Summary:
Buildings continue to crumble and fall as Galactus lashes out at the Silver Surfer. Realizing the amount of destruction that is happening around him, the Surfer decides to flee the area. Galactus sends his space ship to scour the planet for his herald, while the people of the Earth continue down the path of anarchy.

Elyna sees the error in following Galactus, but no one wants to listen to her. She decides to steal a helicopter a confront Galactus herself. However, in the process of fleeing in the helicopter, one of Colton's men shoots her and fatally wounds her.

Galactus finds his herald and brings the Silver Surfer back to him. The Surfer directly attacks his former master, enraging him further. Meanwhile, Elyna reaches the battle, but looses control of the helicopter as she blacks out from her injury. The Surfer notices the falling helicopter and rushes to save her. However, Galactus hits the Surfer with a mighty blast, causing both the Surfer and Elyna to come crashing into the ground.

The world, including Colton, witness every moment of this tragedy as it is televised across the planet. The shock of seeing it brings people back to their senses, realizing that Galactus is not a savior but a threat. Distraught over Elyna's death, the Silver Surfer soars towards Galactus in anger, but is caught within this mighty grip. He prepares to destroy the Surfer, when the U.S. Air Force attacks. Realizing that the people of Earth have turned on him, Galactus gives up the fight, releases the Silver Surfer, and leaves the planet.

The Silver Surfer attends a meeting at the United Nations where he is thanked by the world for his efforts to save them from Galactus. They ask him to be their new holy leader, but no matter how much he refuses they continue to insist. Realizing that they will never stop, the Surfer acts like a tyrant in order to enrage the crowd and turn on him. Colton sees through the Surfer's act, but no one will listen to him. The Silver Surfer heads to space, leaving the people of Earth to their own devices.

Solicit Synopsis

The highly acclaimed Stan Lee/Moebius Silver Surfer Limited Series from Epic Comics – collected in a single, long-lasting hardcover edition, completely recolored and fully painted by John Wellington under Moebius’s supervision! And as if that weren’t enough, you’ll also find brand new pages of story and art, never-before-printed covers, and a peek at Moebius’s sketchbook!

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  • While European comics are generally printed in specialized formats, Moebius requested that this Silver Surfer project be first published in the regular 4-color comic book format. He was so pleased at how well his previous illustrations were printed in Marvel Age Vol 1 55, that he wanted this new work to also be presented in a regular American comic book. His art was then re-done in full-process color when the story was collected into a hardcover edition. [1]

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