The Silencer #13
Written by Dan Abnett
Art by V Ken Marion
Inks by Sandu Florea
Colors by Mike Spicer
Letters by Tom Napolitano
The origin of The Silencer is revealed in this issue.
Even though there are still missing moments from the beginning of Honor’s life (including her real name), the early memories of her life before and after being recruited by Talia are the focus of this story. Honor shows her prowess as a fighter and her loyalty to Talia as she recruits the young woman to help her build Leviathan. It’s an undertaking that gets the attention of her father Ras Al Ghul and Honor finds herself in the middle of a family feud as she contemplates a life away from the violence. A life that is normal.
Her normal life is what Honor needs to hold onto as Talia has begun a process to make Honor loyal again after her time away. A process that will strip away everything Honor remembers about her life outside of The Silencer.
Abnett wastes no time getting to the tragedy and terror that Honor is going through in this issue as she recalls her life to hold onto her memories. It’s an almost cruel exercise to witness in the book, but Abnett does it to solidify the stakes. From Honor’s desire for normalcy to Talia’s selfish betrayal, the story takes some dark turns. There is a palpable increase in tension throughout this book as the reader realizes what is happening to Honor, why Talia is doing it and what Honor will lose if she succeeds.
If you’ve been following this story from the beginning, you can see the moments that will emotionally hurt the character, but also the catalyst for Honor to fight through and possibly triumph. Abnett leaves that vague at the moment with an impressive and tragic cliffhanger.
V Ken Marion’s art is amazing and beautiful both in its style and details. Everything works from the detailed backgrounds to the well-defined and beautifully detailed characters.