My wishes have come true, and we’re already getting more appearances of the Silver Surfer since his return from a long absence. This time it’s a one-shot focused on an encounter with Prodigal, a character reasonably new to the Marvel Universe. Silver Surfer: The Prodigal Sun, was released this month and is the second appearance of Prodigal. His name is actually Prah’D’Gul, and he is part of the royal family on an alien planet.
Silver Surfer: The Prodigal Sun takes place right after the end of Fantastic Four: The Prodigal Sun, which was recently released and that issue is the first appearance of Prodigal. This issue shows a flashback to when Prodigal first met the Silver Surfer. Prodigal’s father, the King of Klordon, orders him to work out some difficulties between the people in a world they have under their protection. Prodigal is a powerful elemental and should be able to sway the opinions of the troublemakers. He obeys his father’s orders and heads off alone to handle the people in this world. When he arrives, Prodigal meets the Silver Surfer who is readying the world for Galactus to consume.
Before this comic, I wasn’t aware of Prodigal’s existence. I enjoy cosmic stories, characters, and the Silver Surfer though, so this was a choice comic for me. He has never met Silver Surfer or Galactus before, so of course, he wouldn’t know what to expect from them. Despite his good intentions and cool powers, though, his arrogance makes him hard to like. The issue only provides us a little more insight into his character. More importantly, we get to see Silver Surfer as a villainous herald of Galactus and the view from a world before it is consumed.
A good portion of the issue is the battle between the Surfer and Prodigal. It’s an odd situation for the reader. We don’t really know Prodigal, and he’s not very relatable, but Surfer is technically the bad guy. The battle is fun either way as we get to see the two beings test each other’s strength. We also get to see Prodigal realize there are other powerful beings in the universe a little too late.
The weak point of the comic for me is the comedy. I don’t think the jokes hit very well and they felt out of place. It seems like comedy is supposed to be a part of Prodigal’s character. Rather than make him funny, it really just makes him look kind of dumb. While the Silver Surfer has been naive at times, he’s never seemed unintelligent, yet even some of his interactions with Prodigal come off this way. Characters can change drastically from their first appearances, so I’m confident that eventually, Prodigal will find his stride. I don’t mind if there’s a goofy air about the character, but right now he’s just uncomfortably awkward.
My favorite part of the issue is seeing Prodigal’s attempt to face off with Galactus. The reader and most of the Marvel Universe pretty much knows how any Galactus fight is going to go. Prodigal does not share this same knowledge though, and we get the privilege of getting to see someone unabashedly attack Galactus. The way the scene is handled is both funny and sad, yet directly to the point. You do not mess with Galactus. Prodigal ends up vowing to kill Galactus, which is the first fascinating thing about him. Making Prodigal’s life goal be ending Galactus would be a compelling purpose for the character. Similar to Drax trying to kill Thanos, a hunt for Galactus could give us a reason to root for Prodigal.
Silver Surfer The Prodigal Sun gives us a great flashback to Silver Surfer when he was a herald of Galactus. It also offers a possible reason to follow the newcomer Prodigal in his future appearances. This issue is a simple one-shot, but for fans of Silver Surfer and Galactus, it is worth the read. His story continues next in Guardians of the Galaxy: Prodigal Sun #1. I give Silver Surfer: The Prodigal Sun 2.5 out of 5 stars.