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Silent War #1

Posted: Tuesday, February 20, 2007
By: Ariel Carmona Jr.



Writer: David Hine
Artist: Roy Allan Martinez

Publisher: Marvel Comics


My initial reaction to reading the first half of Silent War #1 was to cringe away from the blatant parallels being drawn between the premise of the comic and real life anti-terrorist preventionism, or if you prefer, this country's assault on civil liberties in the name of homeland security, whichever side of the political spectrum you happen to fall on.

However, upon closer scrutiny, what we have here is an exciting read by David Hine which happens to succeed in a task which most introductory comics fail: setting up a limited series while at the same time not skimping on the fisticuffs and requisite action.

Hine has also gone on record to say that he wanted to take Black Bolt and company out of their obscure status in the Marvel Universe and place them in a setting along with higher profiled characters such as the Fantastic Four and the X-Men, and I think that he accomplished this with Son of M and this follow up series. The plot is intriguing, and the conflict is well established and thought out.

Though continuity is alluded to in this comic by references to former alliances between the Fantastic Four and Gorgon, one doesn't need to read Son of M to be able to enjoy this follow up, thus allowing it to be accessible to new readers as well as those well versed with the mutant characters and the Inhumans.

The second part of the book is an all out brawl between members of the Inhumans and the Fantastic Four. Its conclusion by the inclusion of O.N.E. does not make it any less exciting.

Roy Allan Martinez' artwork is brighter and more colorful than a lot of the dark and gritty comics which are coming out of Marvel these days, and this is somewhat of a refreshing surprise. His pencils are solid and the coloring by Peter Pantazis judiciously employs a mix of hues which don't detract from the action depicted in the panels, even when a scene of mystery and intrigue is being presented.

Another conflict explored by the book is the ideogogical dilemmas between Medusa and Black Bolt which may result in an internal division between their royal court.

This may be a series which I continue to follow through to its end because it promises great comic fun, something which we need more of in these days of dark and gritty so called "mature" comics.



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