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Quote1.png What abysmal luck, that I should encounter you in the endless abyss of space..! Quote2.png
Silver Surfer (Norrin Radd)

Appearing in "How Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth"

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Synopsis for "How Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth"

Brief Summary:
While traveling through space, the Silver Surfer is surprised when he struggles to control his surfboard. He finds a bacteria attached to the bottom of his board and lets it lead his board to their desired destination. He arrives at a cloud of space dust that, once activated, becomes Ghaur, the deviant god. Realizing that he is a menace, the Surfer attacks him. They fight to a standstill, until Ghaur traps the Surfer long enough for him to escape back to Earth. Being caught up in the middle of the Kree/Skrull War, the Surfer sends a warning to Earth's heroes that the deviant god is coming.

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Detailed Summary:
Deep under a Californian mountain, a sleeping Celestial begins to stir.

Meanwhile, deep in space, the Silver Surfer is surprised when he struggles to control his surfboard. After examination, he notices a green bacteria-like substance clinging to the underside of his board. The Surfer tries to blast it off to no avail. Thus, he decides to let it control his board and lead it to the bacteria's desired location. The board stops at a cloud of space dust that the Surfer had flown through earlier. Analyzing the space dust leads him to believe to there is more to this dust that meets the eye.

The Silver Surfer uses his Power Cosmic to transform the matter and it becomes Ghaur, the deviant god. Ghaur explains to the Surfer how he had become a cloud of space dust. How the Eternals prevented him from destroying the Earth. Realizing that Ghaur is a force of destruction, the Silver Surfer engages him in battle.

They fight to a standstill and Ghaur traps the Silver Surfer in a plasma field so that he can depart for Earth undeterred. The Surfer finally breaks free from his entrapment, but realizes that he cannot pursue Ghaur. He has been drawn into the Kree/Skrull War and has to protect Zenn-La.

Ghaur arrives on Earth and arrives at the underwater city of Lemuria. He breaks into their prison and frees Llyra. He has freed Llyra to help him with his plans that involve the Serpent Crown, the god, Set, and seeking revenge on the Earth.

The Silver Surfer decides to warn Earth about Ghaur, by sending his thoughts through hyperspace. On Earth, his warning reaches Doctor Strange and Talisman. And underground, the Celestial continues to stir.

Appearing in "How the Silver Surfer's Powers Work!!"

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Synopsis for "How the Silver Surfer's Powers Work!!"

A brief retelling of the Silver Surfer's origin with a detailed description of the extent of this powers. The story describes his strength, speed, power, and other abilities.

Appearing in "Cosmic Awareness Comparisons"

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Synopsis for "Cosmic Awareness Comparisons"

Descriptions of the heroes and villains that the Silver Surfer considers to have the greatest levels of cosmic awareness.

Appearing in "An Informal Tour of the Universe"

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Synopsis for "An Informal Tour of the Universe"

Franklin Richards' "What exactly does that mean?" questions make his father, Reed, give him a lesson of Marvel astronomy, astrophysics and political astro-geography.

Appearing in "Buried Treasure"

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  • Lady Karlot (First appearance)
  • Marya (First appearance)

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Synopsis for "Buried Treasure"

Lady Karlot's spaceship is attacked by space pirates lead by Captain Reptyl. She is angered by Reptl's brutish ways and that he has stolen her family's treasures. He decides to take her with him as he leaves the plundered space ship. They end up on one of Reptyl's asteroid hideaways where he prepares Lady Karlot for an upcoming feast.

Appearing in "Shooting Star"

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Synopsis for "Shooting Star"

Mishna, an alien from Birj, has decided to give her soul up to Mephisto so that her family could rise out of poverty. An encounter with the Silver Surfer causes her to reconsider her sacrifice. He tells her that she has the ability to make her dreams reality and when Mephisto comes to claim her soul, she rejects him. The Surfer watches from afar, content with Mishna's response.

Appearing in "The Saga of the Serpent Crown: Creation"

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  • Chthon (Only in flashback)
  • Set (Only in flashback)
  • Unnamed Elder Gods/Demons (Only appearance; death in flashback)
  • Sligguth (Only in flashback)
  • Damballah (Only in flashback)

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  • Hyppus (First appearance) (Unnamed) (Only in flashback) (Death)
  • Set, Sligguth, & Damballah decoys (Only appearance; death in flashback)
  • Earth's first organic species (Only in flashback)

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Synopsis for "The Saga of the Serpent Crown: Creation"

Partly based on a story by Alan Zelenetz and Bob Hall. The origin of Set and the Elder Gods in the first days of Earth.

Solicit Synopsis

The first chapter in the "Atlantis Attacks" saga! The Silver Surfer is tricked into reincarnating the Deviant with the power of a Celestial, Ghaur! And the first target of Ghaur's wrath is the Silver Surfer! Plus: special features on "How the Silver Surfer Surfs and Other Secrets," a cosmic comparison chart, and more!

Notes

"How Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth"

  • As noted at the end of the story, this takes place before Silver Surfer Vol 3 26.
  • The Silver Surfer and Nova were able to share their thoughts through hyperspace before, when she found Galactus deathly ill and needed the Surfer's assistance. [1]

"How the Silver Surfer's Powers Work!!"

  • The Silver Surfer was granted his powers by Galactus when he agreed to be his herald. [2]
  • The Silver Surfer gave Shalla-Bal a portion of his Power Cosmic so that she could replant Zenn-La, which became barren at the hands of Galactus. [3]

"Shooting Star"

  • Since he was just wandering through space, it seems that this story takes place before the Silver Surfer gets pulled back into the second Kree/Skrull War. [4]
  • The Silver Surfer got his wish fulfilled by Galactus, but at the cost of losing his true love, Shalla-Bal. [2]

Trivia

  • This issue's cover is an homage to John Buscema's cover for Silver Surfer #1.
  • As reported by Marvel: this issue was the ninth best-selling direct sales title for the publisher during the month that it was released. [5]

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Recommended Reading

The story references:

Atlantis Attacks
Silver Surfer Annual #2 Iron Man Annual #10 Uncanny X-Men Annual #13 Amazing Spider-Man Annual #23 Punisher Annual #2 Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #9 Daredevil Annual #4
Avengers Annual #18 New Mutants Annual #5 X-Factor Annual #4 Web of Spider-Man Annual #5 Avengers: West Coast Annual #4 Thor Annual #14 Fantastic Four Annual #22

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