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Silver Surfer: Ghost Light #3 (of 5)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 3 critic ratings.

Surfer and Ghost Light are caught in the crossfire between the Stranger and A.I.M.! But what do these villainous forces want from our heroes? And why do they look so different? Get ready for a modern twist on these classic Marvel villains!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
22 pages
Amazon ASIN

Cover Artist
Variant Cover Artist

3 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    The story of this issue is brilliant, again tapping into the horror elements of the comic. These have been experimented with in several ways, but for much of the time it’s a subtle form of fear that settles in the pit of the stomach. It’s so different from what is usually available in Silver Surfer comics. There’s claustrophobia and a feeling of being trapped, this family house and Harper’s lab so far being the only place the story has gone. To leave puts the other family member in danger even more.


    The art helps that alienating factor with some of the characters, recognising how inhuman the figures can be and amplifying that. Towards the end of the issue, where some regular figures in the Marvel Universe are met by the creatures new to this series, the execution is intriguing. You get to see these monsters, but there are in the background or towards the edges of panels. Some of the designs could give Lovecraft nightmares, but getting glimpses of them made me do a double-take at several moments. The Stranger’s frankly ridiculous look, although it is also glorious, is played with fantastically by De Landro. The rest of his body can often disappear, just leaving his facial features. The sequential art by De Landro also deserves credit. In scenes where it is just a conversation, sometimes even a monologue, the panels are still intriguing and engrossing.

    The colors are awesome. Many of the story elements are enhanced or even begun by just the colors, including the action and horror pieces. The glowing eyes coming from Harper’s nephew and niece are so eerie, as is that sickly green that comes from pretty much everything he touches. When mixed with the white and blue of Silver Surfer, it’s a disturbing combination. Things do genuinely glow in Silver Surfer: Ghost Light #3, instantly captivating. The colors from the Stranger’s outfit are brilliant, occasionally faded for dramatic effect. There is also a new palette for a group that is infamous for one particular shade. The lettering is formal, effective, and easy to read.

    Silver Surfer: Ghost Light #3 is a wonderful cosmic horror comic. Jennings has truly taken a character out of his comfort zone and made it work beautifully. But at the same time, it has such a classic feel to the book, using characters that all stem from a particular point in Marvel’s history. It’s adventurous in tone and plot, terrifically atmospheric and the inspiration for the story can be felt for multiple horror stories from a broad range of subgenres.

  • 84

    The Fandom Post

    My love of the Silver Surer continues with this property while also realizing that it’s more about Al right now than Norrin. Norrin has some good moments but it’s a pretty solid ensemble cast with some interesting moments that highlight a bigger story taking shape. I really like what we get from The Stranger himself and what’s going on there as it’s a familiar story with some of these epic characters from the Fantastic Four world and how they’re reaching breaking points along the way. Jenning’s script handles the small character stuff very well while De Landro’s artwork is just fantastic in capturing the right tone and look of what these characters are experiencing. I’m excited to see what else is coming in this story.

  • 60

    Silver Surfer: Ghost Light #3 dives even deeper into its 1960s origins with a further explanation of who (and what) The Stranger is and what Al’s connections to it are. It all feels like classic Marvel comics with simple action scenes (faceless AIM soldiers are the predominant bad guys of the issue) and The Stranger is little more than a man with a fancy spacesuit and distinct facial hair ranting and raving to himself. Even the artwork is giving off a more simplistic, retro feel. It does however feel like it’s gotten away from what the first issue was promising and while Silver Surfer is consistently present he’s little more than a background character.

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