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Silent War Paperback – 3 Oct 2007

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics; Direct Ed edition (3 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078512425X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785124252
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 489,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By IrishZombie22 on 12 Jun. 2013
Format: Paperback
After reading Avengers Disassembled,House of M and Son of M this is the continuation of the Inhumans struggle with the United States Government and SHIELD to get the Terrigen crystals back.
The story begins with Gorgon leading a covert attack on a New York theatre and after a brief fight with The Fantastic Four, The following attempts by Black Bolt to free his people, However Maximus uses the situation for his own needs..
The story is well written and the art is ok ( not Secret Invasion Inhumans quality) but is enjoyable.
You can enjoy Silent War as a stand alone novel but it fits in better as a link to Secret Invasion: Inhumans and The War of Kings storylines.
Overall i would recommend buying this but only if your a fan of the Inhumas or want the complete back story to War of Kings.
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When they make the Inhumans movie, id love if they did this story
i never read the Inhumans, this story got me into them
artwork is odd but suits the story and characters
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Psychological Warfare 27 Feb. 2008
By M. Rude - Published on
Format: Paperback
After Black Bolt was revealed to be a Skrull, I decided to go and check this out from the Library. Being a superhero comic book with 'war' in the title, I had expected it to be a book centered around big action scenes. However, I was pleasantly surprised when this story turned out to be much more about mental battles than physical ones, with a little bit of court intrigue thrown in. While it's true that not too much happens until the final chapter, building to that chapter is endlessly entertaining, with great character interactions and imagery. And no offense to David Hine, but I think most of the credit for that is due to Frazer Irving's art. He manages to perfectly create the mood of the scene, the tension, the madness of the characters. His roots in horror comics are very obvious here, and it's exactly the kind of treatment the Inhumans needed.

A definite must have if you're a fan of the Inhumans, or Irving's art, also a good read if you want to keep up with the goings-on in the Marvel Universe, such as House of M, World War Hulk, or the upcoming Secret Invasion.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A war where not much happens 22 Jan. 2008
By N. Durham - Published on
Format: Paperback
Silent War is supposedly a big time landmark on the road that started with House of M and Decimation, but you'd never really know it. What happens when the Inhumans declare war on humanity and the Fantastic Four are what stands in their way? Nothing much, as a majority of Silent War ends up being, well, pretty boring. David Hine's script is pretty standard fare, with predictable turns and action scenes, and above all Silent War just comes off as rather formulaic. Frazer Irving's artwork is pretty good though, despite some inconsistencies here and there between panels. As a whole, Silent War isn't bad one bit, and does deliver a solid story that bears relevance to what's been going on in the Marvel universe over the past couple years, but there just isn't anything special or universe shattering that warrants picking it up. All in all, Silent War is worth a look for Marvel enthusiasts, but your time is better off spent elsewhere.
More noise would've made this war enjoyable. 3 May 2015
By Luquillo - Published on
Format: Paperback
The Inhumans lead by their leader and king, Black Bolt, declared war against the United States on the island of Genosha over a year earlier which ended in a cold war. After negotiations failed to be met, the Inhumans whom inhabit the blue area of the moon began to feel disrespected. Black Bolt puts an end to the cold war and sends his followers to attack a theater that ends with civilians being mercilessly killed. The cold war has ended yet some are hoping to still end this conflict peacefully. -summary

Silent War is another short status quo changing arc that took place across Marvel's makeover, and it's the direct sequel to Son of M. The roots of the series falls back to the final moments of House of M, when the mutant Scarlet Witch stripped many of the world's mutants of their powers, thus bringing the race closer to extinction than they have ever been. One of the mutants robbed of their powers was the main orchestrator of House of M, her brother Quicksilver. Heavily depressed with losing his powers, he used his connection with the Inhuman race to steal the Terrigen Mist crystals which is used to give them their powers in an attempt to return his. This angered Black Bolt enough to chase Quicksilver to Earth which brought the Inhumans and Earth to a cold war, due to the US government taking some of the crystals from Quicksilver and refusing to return them. These events took place in Decimation: Son of M. Silent War is the direct sequel to that story and it's written by David Hine. This TPB collects Silent War 1 - 6.

Silent War was definitely a story with great potential that was never truly realized. The artwork is what caught my attention only in the wrong way though. Frazer Irving's artwork isn't bad as far as quality goes, it's actually quite good albeit somewhat inconsistent; the problem is that it's in the wrong type of story and Hine even tries to force it into the narrative. Irving is more of a horror artist, and the work feels completely out of place with these superhero characters doing superhero things. It's hard to take this spacey, creepy atmosphere serious when the Fantastic Four and Avengers are using their powers and punching whom they believe to be villains. It also doesn't really work on the Inhumans world either, plus it's definitely difficult to take this serious with Layla Miller and Madrox of X-Factor making comedic appearances.

There's almost a complete lack of details in the backgrounds, and taking its place are various solid color schemes with near terrifying faces as if the characters are experiencing some horrible delusions. There's also an attempt to bring about a mad scientist from within the shadows with a creepy black and blue backdrop, yet there's nothing mad about him at all. The visuals are just one big fail in conjunction with this style of storytelling. It belongs in Hellblazer, Ghost Rider, or Morbius the Living Vampire. The action panels have some decent moments of murder when it comes down to civilians. Unfortunately the Inhumans conflicts with The Mighty Avengers and Fantastic Four aren't even marginal.

The story and the plot has some interesting moments that takes place with various internal dialog by the Inhumans as they ponder what to do, and Black Bolt appearing to be slipping mentally. Personally, I think someone new will have a firm enough grasp on their world and how they think. The FF and Avengers whom mainly respond to the Inhumans raids are only making token appearances. I believe the true winner here is the re-introduction of Black Bolt's twisted brother Maximus. He doesn't play a significant role at all, he only works towards developing the after math, but he was the most interesting character by far.

I thought the use of the Terrigen Mist in conjunction with SHIELD was a crafty move to trigger events in their act of war. Plus there's enough suspense going on to hold one's attention; but Hine is clearly forcing this horror like atmosphere into the story attempting some type of psychological warfare narrative, and the result is a plodding, slow paced somewhat bore that is trying to be deep when there's no call for it. This is just a classic superhero showdown through a misunderstanding, with a wild card from the shadows attempting to grab his reward from the chaos.

I don't hate Silent War, it may be an exaggeration to say I don't like it; the story still holds my attention and sometimes I can mildly ignore the artwork. Unfortunately, this storyline is pretty much skip-able and just not really necessary in moving forward. The Inhumans plight continues in Secret Invasion: Inhumans and later War of Kings. I recommend going into those storylines instead of this. Pick this book up only if you're a serious completest or if you read Decimation: Son of M and liked it enough to find some closure.

Pros: Some interesting storytelling

Cons: Out of place artwork, not enough cool action
A+ 13 May 2013
By WMKzelis - Published on
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Great overall read. Really liked the angle they did with the Inhumans, liked the story and the art was exceptional
Five Stars 9 Oct. 2014
By Rodrigo Berrios - Published on
Format: Paperback
Fun all around read! Especially if you like the Inhumans.
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