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Silent War #2

Posted: Thursday, February 22, 2007
By: Chris Murman



Writer: David Hine
Artist: Frazer Irving

Publisher: Marvel Comics


Iíll let the cat out of the bag now. Iím officially a huge David Hine fan. I got to interview him for a preview of this issue, and he was a great guy to work with. He even punkíd me with a joke I was too gullible to know any better about. Regardless, I need not polish up for the writer anymore, so I can officially say this about this book.

Itís quite good, and looks to only get better.

My naivety aside, there is a wealth of information to take in with this sequel to Son of M. Lunaís powers continue to mature in the wake of her increased exposure to the Terrigen Crystals her father stole. Sheís being groomed to play a key role in this book and any that might follow this series.

She sees not only in the precognitive sense, but also the aura someone gives when they are speaking (or not speaking when it comes to Black Bolt). She can see that the Inhumansí fearless leader is, for lack of a better way of putting it, scared of what has become the hostile relationship between the USA and the inhabitants of Attilan.

Meanwhile, the experimentation continues inside the Pentagon with the crystals. S.H.I.E.L.D. director Maria Hill presides over the lab rats with directives handed down from the President himself. I wonder if Hine was told to bring Tony Stark in for issue #3, wouldnít that be hilarious? Apparently, setting up an army of human super soldiers made by Terrigenesis was Hillís last official duty before being removed.

A great exchange occurs between the speechless one and his brother Maximus, who is still locked away. Hine pulls some great quotes from British legend Winston Churchill in regard to humans and their lack of diplomacy during times of war. Maximus comes off as a lesser version of the Joker, minus the white skin and green hair, and pushes his brotherís buttons so much that the leader actually opens his mouth a bit. Sure itís a bit token, but thatís the point anyway.

I think I just proved that clichťs arenít always a bad thing in comics. Letís just move on before my head explodes.

From there, a great cliffhanger occurs after Luna locates crystals at his fatherís house. It was a bit unexpected, but very logical as the next step Pietro would take with his powers being gone. It sets up the son of Magneto being very important to the Inhumans and sets the table very nicely for what inevitably will be a full scale assault upon American soil.

Some may be tired of the ďwar regimeĒ that Marvel is currently under. Well, when I say ďsome,Ē it may be just me. Maybe itís more like Iím tired of ridiculous wars going on in the 616. Look, we all know wars come and go in the comic book world. Both Marvel and DC have big events surrounding war, and they happen more often than not. Iím just glad this war has real meaning and what I hope to be real consequences in the Marvel U.

Letís just hope my new favorite writer doesnít end the war with a bunch of bystanders tackling Black Bolt and him changing his mind in 30 seconds. Who would think to end a series that way?



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