Using the first few pages to catch us up on the backstory feels like a good way to show Silver Surfer’s pain and motivations. If you’re already a fan of the character you know he’s alone in the universe, but this particular story also gets into why he’s alone (the loss of the woman he loved, Shalla Bal). Warlock, rather than going headto-head with Silver Surfer, decides he rather use him for his own advantage. Is Warlock telling the truth and can he resurrect Shalla Bal from the dead? Or is he just manipulating Silver Surfer for his own personal gain? This remains to be seen, but this issue sets the bar for a compelling series that seems well worth the read.