Published: January 31st, 2018
Written by: Dan Abnett
Art by: John Romita Jr., Sandra Hope, Dean V. White, various
DC Comics, 159 Pages
I’m just going to put this out there to start this review: I was blown away by this story and this is one of the greatest comics I have read in the last several years.
That being said, it only takes one mediocre writer to completely screw this thing up and apparently, this comic is getting a new writer starting at issue number 8. But I will cross that bridge when I get to it, even though it’s only about a month away.
This review covers the first six issues, which will be collected and sold as Code of Honor in a month or two or however long it takes for trade paperbacks to come out these days. I read this story arc by picking up the single issues, as I heard this was great and I didn’t want to wait. Plus, this doesn’t sell that well and tracking down all the issues was rather easy. This should sell well though, it’s certainly better than 99.9 percent of the bullshit on the stands, right now.
The story has a Kill Bill vibe to it. The main character, who goes by the name Honor Guest, is an ex-assassin that used to do dirt for Talia al Ghul (Ra’s al Ghul’s daughter). Everyone in the underworld knows her as the Silencer but she’s been out for several years and has since lived a normal life, got married and had a kid. But her past comes knocking on her door and before she’s even ready, she’s suited up, guns blazing, trying to protect her new life and family.
This isn’t a typical superhero comic. Although it is cool that it is directly tied to characters we know like Talia al Ghul and Deathstroke, who is also flung into this situation.
Jon Romita Jr.’s art is top notch and I love his style. This has a gritty pulp feel and it doesn’t look like a typical DC book but it also isn’t so far outside of the box that it doesn’t fit in well with their current general style.
Dan Abnett has done a stupendous job writing this book. I’m not happy that he’s going to be replaced by Patrick Zircher, almost immediately after this string of issues but I’ll stick with it unless it really gets terrible. I’m not a big Zircher fan but that doesn’t mean I dislike his writing, it’s just that nothing has jumped out at me yet.
Anyway, looking at this story arc as one body of work, The Silencer: Code of Honor is magnificent.
Pairs well with: Recent DC Comics runs on Deathstroke, Suicide Squad and Red Hood and the Outlaws.