The Silencer #11

Written by Dan Abnett
Pencils and Inks by Jack Herbert
Colored by Mike Spicer

In the previous issue, Honore got possession of her own body back after she defeated a large reptile. The issue begins, The Silencer pursues Talia Al Ghul to end her reign and give Honore back her family and her own life. Accompanying The Silencer are the members of her new team which includes the dismembered head of the cyborg, Quietus, and Michael, a mutated beast and former acolyte of Leviathan.  They pursue leads to Talia’s hideout where they confront Wishbone, the magic-wielder who transformed Michael to a beast, and Raze, a gun-yielding hitman. However, Talia arrives, along with what’s left of Leviathan after the civil war, and Talia convinces them to restore her as their leader. How will The Silencer achieve her goal of having a quiet life, or, staying alive?

I have said it previously in my reviews that the most intriguing part of this story is The Silencer’s quest to have a normal life. This goal flushes out contradictions such as the fact that Honore Guest is far from normal with exceptional skills. The inclusions of a cyborg’s head and a mutated beast as companions is a bit odd as well. What increases the tension in this story is what’s at stake. The Silencer’s peace of mind is interrupted by her knowing that her husband and son believe that she might be dead and her fear that she will never be able to provide a safe home for them. Honore occupies a role in her family that is typically occupied by the male gender: She is protecting her family from outside threats through her expertise with hand-to-hand combat and use of weapons. She is also the one with the key to defeating Talia Al Ghul and the Leviathan Corporation.

The art promotes the themes in the story and captures the intense emotional undertones. For example, the imagery of the beast, Michael, and his droopy-eyes begging Wishbone to be transformed back to human form is heartbreaking. And again, the tears in Blake’s, Honore’s husband, eyes can be felt as he struggles to understand what may have happened to his wife not knowing that she is The Silencer.

Overall = 8.5/10

Final Impressions

The Silencer has dug its way out of the rut it was in a few issues back by returning to the core narrative that started this wonderful character. The Silencer is in her element when she faces insurmountable odds, in a cloak of secrecy, with only her fighting skills to inflict her will. This story is concluding, and I can hardly wait to see how she overcomes Talia Al Ghul and The Leviathan Corporation.

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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.