A practically random throwaway fight with tech goons, a blowup by Blake Guest and the fact that last issues giant "totally not the Red Wave Monster" is now some kind of mutated demon hound with no explanation are totally overshadowed by the return of Talia to the surprise of literally no one. Moreover the final pages lead into what feels like a finale to the series. Is this an organic finish to a poor selling book?
This feels like the end, Talia is back, her underlings have pledged renewed loyalty in the wake of a revelation that seems anything but surprising; Talia orchestrated the entire Leviathan War from the start. Does that include dragging Honor Guest out of retirement for some reason? Maybe? I fail to see logic in that at this point but will judge given more information down the road, i suppose if i’m still in 12 issues in I’ll see this one through as cancellation is almost certainly right around the corner.
There are two very forgettable fights in this issue including a big villain reveal five issues too late in Raze, also noteworthy is the fact that apparently Blake and Jellybean have been looking for Honor and believe her to be killed last issue. Honor not telling her family she’s alive bothers me for some reason, as a father and husband I would be devastated in their position and furious when I found out the truth.
It is a little disappointing to feel like I’m at this point with this series, which is my favorite of the New Age of Heroes titles. Silencer is one of the few remaining titles from that line, with the ends of Curse of Brimstone and Sideways solicited last week this issue feels like the beginning of the end of the New Age of Heroes, which launched less than a year ago. I’m sure we all remember this exciting trailer released last January:
Ok mini rant over; nonsensical plot aside the art in this issue by Jack Herbert ranges from really good to excellent, with a large gathering of Leviathan Assassins being the highlight of the issue artistically. The fight early in the issue was pretty decent but I felt like the layouts made it really hard to tell what was going on for the most part, which is unfortunate.
As the series begins to head towards it's end, an unsurprising twist leads into a potentially lackluster finish.
The Silencer #11: The Beginning of the End?
- Writing - 5/105/10
- Storyline - 7/107/10
- Art - 8/108/10
- Color - 8/108/10
- Cover Art - 8/108/10
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