king_hyperion's What If...? #49 - What If the Silver Surfer possessed the Infinity Gauntlet? review

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Absolute Power corrupts Absolutely

In one brief moment The Silver Surfer had nearly snatched The Infinity Gauntlet from the hands of Thanos during Infinity Gauntlet #4 but missed! However in this tale Norrin Radd succeeds but instead of willingly handing over the Gauntlet to Adam Warlock he takes for himself and in doing so brings peace to all worlds, goes a little crazy, kills Mephisto, turns Death into something that is not to be feared, nearly kills Shalla-Bal and then presumably he and Shalla-Bal are killed when Norrin wills The Infinity Gauntlet to blow itself up though it turns out that somewhere far, far away where not even Galactus can find them Norrin and Shalla-Bal have returned to their normal, powerless state of being and prepare to live out the rest of their lives on the Paradise they have created for themselves.

Pieces of the art were done by Kevin West though not enough was done by him as the story's main artist was just awful. Nevertheless the script is what really saves this book. It shows exactly what would happen to a person who is as level-headed as The Silver Surfer should he gain more power than he is capable of wielding as well as that Love can overcome anything...even the corrupting influence of The Infinity Gauntlet.

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