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Annihilation: Heralds of Galactus #2

April 1, 2007

Quick Rating: Fair
Title: Afterburn & Brother’s Keeper
Rating: A

Interludes with Firelord and the Silver Surfer.

Writer: Keith Giffen
Art: Scott Kolins & Andrea DiVito
Colors: June Chung & Paul Mounts
Letters: Cory Petit
Editor: Andy Schmidt
Cover Art: Gabrielle Dell’Otto
Publisher: Marvel Comics

I passed up on most of Annihilation because of how disappointing the prologue issue was. This turned out to be a mistake, as it was definitely the better of Marvel’s recent events. It’s a shame, then, that the epilogue, like the prologue, was somewhat underwhelming.

This miniseries, in essence, shows the current whereabouts of Galactus’ heralds – past and present – after the Annihilation war. Issue one (which was actually very good) featured Terrax and Stardust, while this issue we check in with Firelord and the Silver Surfer. Firelord is hunting down the former Centurions of Annihilus’s elite strike force, tracking them to the planets they were given as rewards for their loyalty and dispensing justice. It’s okay, I guess, but a little on-the-nose, and I really dislike Firelord’s redesign. The intent seems to be to make him look more “cosmic,” but it really just makes him look like a Human Torch that someone is attempting to make “kewl.”

“Brother’s Keeper,” the Silver Surfer story, is a little better, if for no other reason than because Andrea DiVito is doing the art. The Surfer is sent to do battle with some of the greater cosmic forces in an attempt to prove his renewed loyalty to Galactus, and the only way to defeat them may well result in his own destruction. The way the battle concludes is my real problem with this issue. Giffen seems to have taken the character’s name way too literally, resulting in an ending that’s… well, there’s no other way to say it: cheesy.

This miniseries is really just an interlude before the Annihilation sequel hits, but the second issue is really kind of disappointing.

Rating: 6/10

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