Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The Silencer #6 Review

Weird Silence 

Storytellers: Viktor Bogdanovic and Dan Abnett
Art by: Viktor Bogdanovic, Mike Spicer, and Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: June 27, 2018

Out of all the New Age titles currently coming out, this is the only one I'm actively looking forward to reading whenever it's that time of the month. And it isn't a case of being the tallest midget in the circus; it's a genuinely good book that I'm invested in. With that, let's move on!

Honor and Talia fight off an enormous group of goons in the diner, directly continuing after last issue's cliffhanger. This fight essentially takes up the entire issue, so there isn't much plot progression save for two pretty important beats near the end of the issue.

The big drive here was the art. Viktor Bogdanovic is one talented storyteller and this is his issue. The storytelling and the paneling are crystal clear; you know that old saying about knowing a comic is good when you can look at the art without reading the dialogue and you know what's going on? This is the case with this issue. I had this thought in my mind as I was reading it and I was thoroughly impressed. Mike Spicer's colors tighten up the presentation and really help sell a big moment near the end. This art team is one of my favorites in comics right now, and I can't wait to see this partnership do more.

The plot we get here is very entertaining. This issue more or less wraps up the true first chapter of this series while still leaving some dangling threads to address very soon. The dialogue between Honor and Talia was solid and, more importantly, everything feels earned. I can't get into it more without spoiling it so I'll just leave this issue for you to read.

I do have a few gripes. The premise of the issue feels a little contrived since I found it hard to believe that Honor's son, Ben, was present for the whole fight but didn't witness anything. Bogdanovic doesn't show us Ben much during this extended fight and hence I don't have any indication of where he is at any given moment. Is he able to see what's happening but is simply looking down at his toys since he can't hear the destruction? It's not made clear. Ben seems to be looking directly at a hail of bullet shells at one point but doesn't react. Other than this inconsistency, not much else was wrong for me.

Bits and Pieces:

This series has really cemented its place as the best New Age title for me. I'm invested in the characters and the simple premise goes a long way to keep me invested. The art is simply sublime and save for a few missteps, is thoroughly entertaining.


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