It’s another blast from (or rather, to) the past with the Infinity Watch in Silver Surfer Rebirth: Legacy #1.
Chronologically following Silver Surfer: Rebirth and Warlock: Rebirth, Silver Surfer Rebirth: Legacy #1 —say “rebirth” again— is the latest series from Ron Marz and Ron Lim, continuing their Infinity Watch saga of comics set after the original “Infinity” trilogy in the Nineties. Both Marz and Lim were directly involved in that period of cosmic Marvel storytelling, so it makes sense for them to once again revisit these characters, but are their latest chapters worth reading if you don’t have that sense of nostalgia? It depends.
Though titled for the traditional herald of Galactus, Silver Surfer Rebirth: Legacy #1 is actually quite heavy on Genis-Vell (the other son of Mar-Vell) in a way that might disappoint some Silver Surfer fans. We mostly follow the issue through his perspective, with him and Surfer on some sort of mission that leaves Genis-Vell in a precarious situation that leaves his ally vulnerable and on the defensive. Classic dramatic misunderstandings and heroes versus heroes ensue.
As someone who’s read a little bit of the comics this one is riffing on, Silver Surfer Rebirth: Legacy #1 definitely captures enough verisimilitude of the era, which will either be a pro or a con depending on your perspective. If you’re not a fan of the older (pre-modern age) method of comic book storytelling, there’s probably not much of interest for you here; there’s lots of exposition through dialogue and we-gotta-do-this-thing that might turn some readers off. I’m somewhat in the middle of that divide insomuch that I can appreciate older comics while still also not being super attached to them, so my enjoyment of this issue (and these comics at large) are based on the novelty of seeing how fidelitous they are to the source material while also updating themselves for the current sensibility.
Marz’s script wouldn’t feel out of place with his original Surfer comics, while Lim’s art is clean and striking with hard lines and classic structuring, draped in somewhat muted (perhaps on purpose?) but bright colors from Romulo Fajardo Jr. Overall, Marz and Lim both understand the assignment and Silver Surfer Rebirth: Legacy #1 delivers on that front, but YMMV on whether or not the assignment itself is all that interesting. For me, these series continue to provide an interesting contrast to everything else on Marvel’s shelf, but I’m not completely sold on them as something that intrigues me beyond that.