Silver Surfer #40-43 (1990)

Jim Starlin returns, and brings Thanos with him.  Thanos let the universe believe he was dead at the end of Silver Surfer #38, so we start with Surfer and some other powerful dudes looking over Thanos’ “body.”

Turns out, Thanos left a last will and testament.  A space droid from Dynamo City tracks Surfer down and demands he appear on their planet as part of an investigation into Thanos’ death, since they had recently granted Thanos citizenship.

Once there Surfer is trapped, forced to become a “citizen” and support himself by getting a job…

…put on trial, and sentenced to death.  Here’s a courtroom scene…

There’s not much else to “sum up” here, but I will say this story is very funny—it feels like a 1960s existential experiment.

A brilliant, must-read set of issues.

Creators: Jim Starlin, Ron Marz, Ron Lim (art)
Grade: A+

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