Wednesday, January 2, 2019

The Silencer #12 Review

Written by: Dan Abnett
Art by: Jack Herbert, Tom Derenick, Mike Spicer, and Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 2, 2019

A bunch of these New Age titles are being canceled, and this book is the only one of the remaining bunch that I'm reading. There are clear character work and storytelling in this title and Dan Abnett and the whole slew of artists in this artist-focused line have done a wonderful job with this book.

The past few issues have been clunky but still enjoyable, but this particular issue really hones in on the theme and tone of the book and some very interesting developments take place here. Honor's greatest fear has come to life and Talia is back from the dead, demanding service from her top assassin. I just appreciated this because this issue embraced the thesis of the entire series in a really meaningful and enjoyable way, and I'm genuinely looking forward to what comes next.

Jack Herbert is doing some fine work here. It's easy for artists to paint Talia as a generic femme fatale assassin character, but Herbert gives her a sexiness and a presence that few artists have ever managed to do. She's full of charm and power and she knows it, and her captures all of this in her face extremely well. I know that Herbert is leaving the book which is a damn shame, as I would have loved to see the rest of Honor's adventures as told by Herbert and colorist extraordinaire Mike Spicer.

Bits and Pieces:

This issue really worked for me. Not much happens here but the storytelling is strong and the plot is intriguing me the more I think about it. The art was incredible and kind of has to be seen to be believed, and I think this is still the New Age book to look out for.


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