Tuesday, December 07, 2010

I'm surprised I hadn't posted this page before.

I was thinking about it, then found another copy in the quarter boxes, and here we are: from What If? #22, "What if the Silver Surfer had not escaped earth?" Written by Ron Marz, pencils by Ron Lim, inks by Terry Austin. Both Marz and Lim would have long runs on Silver Surfer, making this a strong one-off, if a grim one:

Never escaping from earth, the Surfer instead takes Mr. Fantastic's offer to join the Fantastic Four, now Five. Although the new team makes short work of the FF's usual bad guys like Dr. Doom and the Mole Man (in a great two-page spread that sadly won't fit in my scanner) things go south very quickly when they investigate a church possession. Sucked into hell by Mephisto, Johnny is killed by the demon, and the Surfer is forced to remain in Mephisto's realm for eternity. Bit of a downer, then, but love the art and this issue.

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