Back in 1991, comic creator Jim Starlin began work on the Infinity Gauntlet saga, and so handed the reins of the writing duties for the Silver Surfer ongoing title to writer Ron Marz. The rookie writer began what would eventually be regarded as a seminal run on the Sentinel of the Spaceways alongside numerous artists, but beginning with Ron Lim, a legend in his own right. Today Marvel announced that the writer-artist duo are reuniting for Silver Surfer: Rebirth, a five-issue limited series. Though not included in the official press release, based on the cover the art team seems to also include inker Don Ho and colorist Israel Silva.
Silver Surfer: Rebirth follows in the vein of X-Men: Legends and the recently announced Ben Reilly: Spider-Man series that feature “the greatest creators in Marvel Comics history revisit[ing] their historic runs for fresh insights and revelatory adventures.” How’s how Marvel described the series:
Someone has stolen the Reality Gem, an object that allows the user to fulfill any wish no matter the consequences! But whoever has taken it is doing things like bringing back the dead hero Captain Mar-Vell. It’s up to Silver Surfer to team up with the least likely of allies, Thanos, to find the Gem and restore reality to its proper form!
Marz discussed what it means to return to a character that helped define his early career:
“Turns out you can go home again,” Marz said. “SILVER SURFER with Ron Lim was literally my first job in comics. The first comic page I ever wrote was drawn by Ron when we were both kids. And now three decades later we get to go back there and slip right back into that same groove. It’s so great to be wielding the power cosmic again.”
Likewise, artist Ron Lim discussed what it’s like to reunite with Marz.
“I am so thrilled to be penciling SILVER SURFER: REBIRTH,” Lim said. “When Darren Shan, our editor, asked if I’d be interested in working on this with Ron Marz, I jumped at the chance. It is fantastic to be working with Ron again. It has been quite a while since we worked together, but it feels like hardly a day has passed. I’m having a blast getting to draw many of my favorite characters from our run. The story is full of surprises, familiar characters and crazy cosmic action! I can’t wait for the readers to check out the book—hope they enjoy it as much as I enjoy drawing it!”
Look for Silver Surfer: Rebirth #1 to arrive in stores on January 19, 2022.