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Silent War #3

Posted: Thursday, March 29, 2007
By: Chris Murman

Writer: David Hine
Artist: Frazer Irving

Publisher: Marvel Comics

For not being into the Inhumans much before this series, Iím definitely on board now. Even though heís not the featured brother, I find myself in the Maximus camp rather than the Black Bolt one.

Iíll get this part out of the way first: you better like decompression if you are thinking about waiting for the trade to come out. I donít necessarily think itís always a bad thing to have this happen, mind you. Several realizations are made by the leader of the moon people in this issue. If you thought he looked desperate last issue, wait until you see Lunaís view of his aura this month. There is something dark and twisted going on in double Bís noggin.

There was a pointed criticism made already online that this is a ďwarĒ book, because it has the word in its title of course, and therefore should be more about fighting and action. I donít necessarily agree. I see this as a welcome change from the huge event-driven story lines involving war that bookend this series quite well in the Marvel U. Some of the best wars are fought in the mind and heart. My guess is thatís where Hineís leading us. Oh sure, Iím not saying there wonít be any kind of battle at all. It may not be until the final issue or two where we see this war is not the kind with punches and bombs, but the less militaristic kind.

Kind of like a ďsilent warĒ if you know what Iím saying. Itís almost like I could write a book called that or something.

I did love two particular parts of this issue. The first is how Luna is sort of the glue keeping this plot running. Her little insights into each character make her a perfect narrator. She speaks up only when necessary and doesnít get too wordy. Damn, you would think Hine wrote for a living, huh?

The other great part is the last two pages involving Maximus. I know hardly anything about him other than heís BBís brother, but I find myself just hoping he speaks more in the next issue. They carry meaning to them, and I am dying to find more out about his power.

A big drawback for me on this issue was its obvious tie in to X-Factor. I donít feel I was properly warned that there would be stuff going on in this book that coincided with Peter Davidís well written book. I had to call one of my buddies who reads X-Factor to fill me in. Yes, I am generally tired of tie in driven stories, but this would have been an easy sell for Marvel to clue me in more.

I donít know if Iíve properly lauded Irving for his work so far on the book, but itís time I admit it. I like his drawings more and more with each issue. Itís partially helped out with a great coloring job that adds to the somber and muted feel of the book. You really saw Medusa in action thanks to the pencils in this issue, and I look forward to more Inhuman powers being exploited by the artist as the issues mount.

If you arenít on board with this title yet, I would say itís not too late to get going. Itís a must read for X-Factor readers, as well as people who are tired of the brand of ďwarĒ Marvel has been selling of late. This version is more to my liking.

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