Honor Guest seems to be an unassuming, pretty, blonde, suburbanite mom living the middle-class American dream. The cute, well-behaved kid, the doting real-estate agent husband who knows his way around a kitchen, the spacious, but practical home, two nice cars...Yes, Honor seems to have it all. It's the life she's always dreamed of - and she's in danger of losing it all. You see, Honor has a past. It's a past soaked in pain, in power, and in murder and blood. And it's come looking for Honor, and the ones that she holds most dear. No, Honor is not at all what she seems to be - she is much more; and, much more vicious and capable than her loved ones could ever dream. Honor just wants her life to be filled with the peace that she's enjoyed for the last half-decade, but no one can stop what's coming...Not even her mentor and friend, The Daughter of The Demon, Talia Al-Ghul. Hell is barreling down upon them both - and Honor is the only one standing between her family and total annihilation. Pretty, blonde, suburbanite mom, Honor Guest, must go back into the box, and The Silencer, one of the world's most deadly assassins, has to come out to play one more time. And The Silencer ALWAYS plays to win.
Dan Abnett is back (without Andy Lanning, sadly), to pen this high-octane actioner...The Silencer! Abnett is on point, crafting a first issue that gives us just enough information to suck us into this mysterious protagonist's world. I actually cared about her and I sympathized with her plight and motivations, while at the same time I clamored hungrily for more about her past, and wanted to see her engaged in more insane, brutal action. Honor Guest is very interesting and a whole lot of fun on the page - she's a deadly killer who is also a loving wife and mother. It's an uncomfortable juxtaposition of tenderness and a capacity for extreme brutality - a juxtaposition of what some might associate with the masculine (aggressive) and feminine (nurturing) natures. I find it quite fascinating, even though it is a trope that has been explored before in films like Geena Davis' and Samuel L. Jackson's "The Long Kiss Goodnight." I look forward to seeing how the killers from Honor's past affect her life, what she loses, and what she can salvage - as well, as exploring her past and her connection with Talia Al-Ghul even more. Even though I am not a fan of John Romita, Jr.'s art, he does a stellar job here, giving The Silencer #1 a layout that has a feel that I can only describe as cinematic in its style and execution. I could see The Silencer used as a standalone DC film, or maybe even as a part of The Suicide Squad. Who knows? Whatever the case, Dan Abnett and Romita, Jr. have created a new and fascinating character that I want to watch develop and evolve. The Silencer #1 is worth every penny of its cover price - we may be looking at a whole new take on Marvel's Punisher. Recommended.
RATING: 9 out of 10.