Written by: Dan Abnett
Art by: Jack Herbert
Inks: Tom Derenick
Colors by: Mike Spicer
Letters by: Tom Napolitano
I was honestly a bit stunned to already see Talia alive and kicking in The Silencer #11. I thought for sure there’d be a decent-sized fight between The Silencer’s camp and those still loyal to Talia. (There was some action, which was good, I just expected more.)
That was not the case. Instead, we found out just how brilliant, confident and insane Talia al Ghul really is. Because you don’t come up with a plan as Talia did, then do what she did in The Silencer #11 without those three characteristics being what defines you most.
Based on what Talia’s saying, all the chaos with Leviathan was a plan hatched by her to not only trim the fat but to also display her significance. Which she is right about, things were out of hand with her not in control. With time someone else might have taken control and stabilized the crime group, but clearly, it was going to take A LOT of time. It probably would’ve cost more lives, too.
It really is a great move from her. You need to be very confident and a little insane to begin to attempt something like this though because it easily could’ve ended differently for her. Just like it could’ve gone differently when she stepped to center stage where everyone had their sights set on her. How not one person in there took a shot at her is beyond me. But like she said, she is Leviathan.
And now everyone is back in line with Talia. That is, everyone other than The Silencer, of course. As much as she has Raze, who met this issue and specializes in invisibility, she’s shown time and again that she wants Honor Guest back in the fray. Given she’s in a room filled with assassins and criminals, something tells me Honor will have to play along for at least a little while longer. Hopefully, she doesn’t keep her husband waiting too long since he and their son think she’s dead and all.