Marvel’s The Best Defense began this week, and it’s shaping up to be an exceptional mini-event that delivers rich character development with a compelling, unpredictable larger narrative. The Best Defense is composed of four one-shots spotlighting individual members of the original Defenders team—Hulk, Namor, Doctor Strange, and Silver Surfer—and the two one-shots released this week are compelling explorations of what makes Hulk and Namor tick with creative teams that have a clear passion for the characters. Next week’s Silver Surfer: The Best Defense is the only one-shot written and drawn by a single creator, with Jason Latour bringing his distinct visual sensibility to a interstellar tale about Galactus’ shining herald. It’s a stunning book, and this exclusive preview showcases Latour’s immense artistic talent while offering a rugged interpretation of the Silver Surfer that positions him as a cosmic cowboy. These pages quickly set up huge stakes for the issue by emphasizing the godly power of Galactus and then challenging it with an explosion of color and light that sends planets careening through space. With the exception of Southern Bastards, Latour doesn’t do very much interior art nowadays, so it’s a treat to see him go wild with a story that is drastically different than the deep-fried crime noir of his Image Comics series. He gets to experiment with color, texture, and spectacular composition for his Silver Surfer book, and this excerpt is a feast for the eyes as it takes readers from a doomed pastel-colored alien metropolis to an arid… [Read full story]
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