Silencer #9 Review

Silencer #9

Art by, Patch Zircher
Written by, Dan Abnett
Colors by, Mike Spicer

The issue begins, Silencer and Quietus have switched bodies due to the dark magic user Wishbone who strives to defend Talia Al Guhl. Confused? (yep!)The Silencer takes on the form of a body-mod combat robot with blue skin and an array of weapons at her disposal, which she needs especially when forces led by Mr. Gunn arrive to finish off both Quietus and The Silencer. However, Wishbone fears that Honore might overcome her spell so she plops a large dinosaur into the city to keep them busy.

Issue #1 of The Silencer won affections because it was a story of a street-level assassin who’s trying to live a normal life. Honore is a former member of Leviathan and worked closely with Talia Al Guhl prior to leaving her group to start a family of her own. All the preceding stories were connected to her trying to win her freedom and keep her family safe. This story has veered significantly from the initial narrative adding elements of magic and mysticism. While witches and spells can be intriguing, this feels like a bit much and makes it hard for me to stay interested. Body-switching can be a trope when it’s done at the expense of the story and the character-building – and this story suffers. To make matters worse, the art does not provide any highlights nor could it pull this story out of the fantastical gutter it’s found itself in.

Overall – 7

Final Impressions

The story of The Silencer has been one of mystery, intrigue, and fighting criminals and their organization. The street-level aspect of the story has been what’s driven the plot narrative. This issue takes a hard left-turn involving monsters, magic, and switching bodies. Let’s hope that The Silencer can get her own body back and get this story, which has been wonderful to-date, back on course.

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Tom Zimm
I am a licensed clinical social worker and trauma therapist that works with children. I've been interested in comic book heroes since I was a young child. However, it's been in the last 3-4 years that I've been making the weekly trip to the local comic book store to redeem my pull list. DC's Rebirth really won me over, especially Geoff Johns' 80-page book. My favorite properties include The Flash and The Incredible Hulk. My criteria for a good comic book include taking stupid and fun seriously while remaining self-aware.