Review: The Silencer #2

The world’s deadliest assassin thought she was out…but the past won’t let her leave! Talia al Ghul’s violent disappearance has led to a mystery that could cost Honor Guest the lives of her family, and to defend those she loves, Honor must once again don the mantle of the Silencer! Seeking information from the neutral ground of the assassin’s armory, Silencer gets more than she bargained for as the most monstrous forces of the underworld descend for the kill!

The “New Age of Heroes” continues as Honor must deal with the attack on her and Talia and then attempt to go about her life. The Silencer #2 continues a fun mash-up of the familiar blending together True Lies, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and John Wick into a series that feels very unique and unlike anything DC has done before.

Creators Dan Abnett and John Romita, Jr. aren’t delivering anything new or groundbreaking here. Honor confronts the new management and wants out but is dragged back into the business. We’ve seen that. A lot. But, it’s done in a way that’s entertaining with solid art to compliment the story. Abnett and Romita do a fantastic job of balancing the action, the tension, and family life, finding a humor that connects it all.

Romita is helped on art by Sandra Hope‘s ink, Dean White and Arif Prianto‘s color, and lettering by Tom Napolitano. For the series to go from this action packed sequence to a domestic one in just a few pages, that requires some solid artwork to make it flow well. And that is exactly what happens. There’s small details like Hope’s hair being fringed and must be cut so her husband doesn’t know. A drawing by her kid. A cleanup of the bodies. It all comes together well in Romita’s distinctive style.

The Silencer is a winner blending action and humor in a familiar package that still feels fresh. While it doesn’t feel very “DC” it is entertaining and part of the “New Age of Heroes” that I’m coming back to check out and see where it takes us.

Story: Dan Abnett and John Romita Jr. Art: John Romita Jr.
Ink: Sandra Hope Color: Dean White and Arif Prianto Letterer: Tom Napolitano
Editor: Paul Kaminski Assistant Editor: Andrea Shea
Story: 8.45 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.45 Recommendation: Buy

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