SILENCER #13 dives deep into the Silencer's past. An awesome character-focused comic. Although some of the visuals are subpar, the plot twists and secrets revealed in this issue are too good to pass up.
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Writer Dan Abnett has brought us a backstory like no other. SILENCER #13 explores the Silencer’s origins and her history with Talia Al Ghul. Featuring the artwork by Sandu Florea and V Ken Marion, Honor’s assassin career is a visual bloodbath. What secrets from the Silencer’s past will be revealed? Check out SILENCER #13 to find out.

Honor’s Backstory in SILENCER #13

In the previous issue, Honor Guest was plummeting to her death. SILENCER #13 opens with a memory of Honor as a child at an academy for assassins. While she is in class, she uses her “zone of silence” ability. And she catches the attention of Talia Al Ghul.

SILENCER #13 Page 2. Image Courtesy of DC Entertainment.
SILENCER #13 Page 2. Image Courtesy of DC Entertainment.

As Honor is taken under Talia’s wing, the Silencer is born. Through rigorous training, she becomes one of the deadliest assassins. Straying away from Ra’s Al Ghul’s League of Assassins, Talia plans to start her own organization of assassins, with the Silencer by her side. Honor agrees to work for her, with the promise she will have the opportunity to have an ordinary life.

Frankly, this is a nail-biter, cliffhanger ending. Towards the end of SILENCER #13, we learn the fate of the Silencer after the events of the last issue. Spoiler alert; Honor Guest emerges from the Lazarus pit. That can’t be good, can it? Has she lost the memories of her husband and child?

Talia Al Ghul and the Silencer

In SILENCER #13, we dive into the relationship between Talia and Honor. The main focus of this comic highlights the complexity of these two characters. Over the course of many years, they have shared a complicated alliance. Although they considered each other allies, they both used each other to achieve their goals.

In this issue, we really see how deep this partnership was. Before the rivalry, they were vulnerable with one another, opening up about their plans for the future. And, to some extent, they ever shared an unlikely friendship and care for each other. Now, with this comic, their rivalry and multiple confrontations has context and makes sense. It’s interesting to see their relationship shift from a tense alliance to a vicious cat and mouse game. By focusing on the backstories of Honor and Talia, they develop into multifaceted characters. 

SILENCER #13 Page 5. Image Courtesy of DC Entertainment.
SILENCER #13 Page 5. Image Courtesy of DC Entertainment.

Brutal Visuals

I have mixed feelings about the artwork in SILENCER #13. Some points of this comics really shined. With every battle the Silencer must face, there is a heavy amount of blood and gore. The color red stains this issue and is visually eye-catching. Seeing a young Honor taking down other assassins, standing in a room full of dead bodies, shows how brutal and powerful she is.

On the other hand, some aspects of this comic were a bit lackluster. In a few panels, the characters look like caricatures, with large eyes and almost cartoonish demeanors. Also, Talia’s facial expressions rarely change. All in all, the artwork by Sandu Florea and V Ken Marion are decent and, in some regards, visually striking. 

Final Thoughts on SILENCER #13

Overall, SILENCER #13 is an interesting look at Honor’s life. This issue is the perfect combination of this character’s past and what’s to come in her future. Don’t worry, this comic isn’t just frivolous backstory. By exploring the history between Talia and Honor, we learn more about these complex characters. And that cliffhanger ending has me anxiously waiting for the next installment.

The visuals in this comic were good, not great. At some points in SILENCER #13, the art style did not match the tone of the story. However, the blood and destruction left behind by the Silencer shows what a skilled killer she is. Going forward, my only concern is the Silencer’s motivation. Every issue prior to SILENCER #13, Honor’s determination and ferocity came from her desire to protect her family. Now, returning to her assassin life, will the Silencer still have that ferocity, or will she become a mindless puppet? We’ll have to wait and see for the next issue.

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