After being sucked into a black hole and sent spiraling into the past, the Silver Surfer found himself face to face with Knull, the primeval God of the Abyss. Now, in the finale of writer Donny Cates' Silver Surfer: Black, Norrin Radd returns to the present, changed for better or worse following his harrowing journey.
The Silver Surfer's ongoing struggle to defeat Knull has been grueling, to say the least. If you're familiar with Cates' ongoing Venom series, you'll know very well who Knull is; if not, then a brief explanation is that he is the God of the Symbiotes. Having been pushed to his limits multiple times, Norrin has been continuously losing himself to the darkness that Knull controls. With each massive surge of his power cosmic, he would lose a part of his silver sheen, and his form would become black.
Now, in Silver Surfer: Black #5, thanks to the help of a youthful, not-yet-villainous Ego the Living Planet, Norrin makes one last ditch effort against Knull that ultimately costs him the light within himself.
Armed with a "weapon" from Ego, Norrin essentially detonates a bomb in Knull's face, creating an infant sun. The burning energy is enough to blast Knull into deep space. Before the raw heat and energy of this sun kills Norrin, he falls from the young star to a nearby planet. Norrin then uses the last bit of light within him to birth his home world of Zenn-La, as well as feeding life into countless other worlds throughout the universe.
The ending of Silver Surfer: Black #5 is exquisitely poetic. As the Surfer's energy spirals out from him, he speaks of how, though you may never be able to defeat the darkness, you must forge, care for, and share the light within yourself. This theme is emboldened thanks to Tradd Moore's eccentric artwork.
However, as beautiful as it all seems, and though the Surfer is victorious, he is shunted back to the present day in a darker visage than readers are used to. To do everything he did in the past, the Surfer lost his light. Or rather, he gave it up to save the infant universe -- to give it new life. Now, in the present, Norrin Radd rides the cosmic waves in a blackened form, as the namesake of the series effectively foreshadowed he would. Whether this is a good or bad thing is still unclear. One would hope he's still a good guy, just with a different look, but it's pretty much anyone's guess for now.
The peculiar thing, however, is this isn't the first time we've seen a darkened Silver Surfer. In Cates' own run on Thanos, the present day and future versions of Thanos, alongside the Cosmic Ghost Rider, face off against the black Silver Surfer, who goes by the title of the Fallen One.
He battles the Titans and Rider with an Annihilation horde and wields Thor's hammer. Norrin still loses the battle, dying rather gruesomely, but it's curious to think about what Cates' larger plan is involving the Surfer. There's got to be something going on here, right? It sure seems that way. Don't be surprised if the "dark" Silver Surfer pops up in Cates' upcoming run on Thor.
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