Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The Silencer #3 Review

Peace… With Honor

Written by: John Romita Jr and Dan Abnett
Art by: John Romita Jr, Sandra Hope, Dean White, Arif Prianto, and Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: March 28, 2018

The Silencer might be the only non-Terrifics New Age title that'll work out in the longer run. And I fully believe this following the events of this issue.

This was just a fun time! This was a very action-heavy issue and we're seeing how becoming Silencer again is starting to affect Honor's home life. Concurrently, the threat of Leviathan is very real and the creative team did a fantastic job at showing exactly how Honor just may be outmatched.

We start off exactly where the last issue ended, with a man named Remedy threatening to kill Honor while backed by dozens of weird robot assassins. This entire section is definitely the weakest point of the book, which is all due to the art. This power that Silencer has is pretty cool but artistically, it just makes the page very hard to read. Colourist Dean White infuses such a hue of blue that simply makes it hard for me to see what the art team are trying to depict. 

The excess amount of silence bubbles coupled with Romita's rough art make for a sometimes confusingly drawn panel. I really respect how the team demonstrates the power, though. It looks like they're truly proud of it. Panels which have Silencer using the Code of Silence have a light blue outline to them, really highlighting that whatever she's doing is totally silenced.

In this big, bombastic action scene, we see Remedy talking to a man named Quiteus, who we have heard rumblings of over the past couple of issues. It seems he's the big bad of this whole operation. He looks like he may be a robot with a metallic goatee, so naturally I can't wait to see more of this bad boy. And I think I'll end the spoiler talk here.

From a plot perspective, there isn't much wrong here. We have some decent action, followed by some home life scenes which I think are the standout of the book, and a neat surprise ending will keep you coming back for more if you weren't planning on it already. One of the things holding this issue back from being great is the art and the colouring. However, when the art isn't all blue and horrendous, this is still one of the better-looking Romita Jr issues I've seen in a while. Another problem I had is something Dan Abnett has been insistent on doing since the series started. There's an overabundance of thought boxes which overexplains the action scenes; I don't think it's entirely useful. Maybe in small doses to really hammer home some points that aren't visible in the artwork.

Bits and Pieces:

This series is going strong and it's made even better knowing that Viktor Bogdanovic will be handling the art starting with the next issue! This book is going to look absolutely gorgeous. This art here, however, isn't terrible although it can be cluttered at times. The story is interesting and the ending should get anyone excited for the next story.



  1. I loved it. Honor's silly power was pretty useful, and the fact that it's not over the top leaves the conflicts feeling dangerous. The writing was on the wall with what Quietus was going to do, but the cell phone calls to Remedy still made me chuckle. I don't know why Honor chose the white jacket to go to day care after the battle, but I'll write it off as an artistic choice to emphasize that she didn't escape without injury. The Talia in Silencer might be my favorite portrayal of her in recent years. She comes across as totally ruthless an manipulative, and yet still personable. I don't think think the Talia in Silencer is going to lose a sword fight to Catwoman. I loved the surprise ending and wondered if the story would go that route. I wondered how the Darknet, Mallmart, and Leviathan intersected, and I guess we're going to find out. I liked JRJR's art a bit more than you did, so this was easily an 8-8.5 for me.

    1. I'm glad you liked it! The art has been a slight thorn in my side since the beginning but it never felt unreadable as many other Romita Jr stories I've read have. I think in a couple of months this will be one of DC's top books, hopefully I'm right!