Silent War was an issue that took me by surprise for a number of reasons. Some of that had to do with David Hine’s scripts, but a lot of the book’s success came from Frazer Irving’s phenomenal artwork. The real surprise was how much emotion Hine and Irving were able to mine from the concept of the Inhumans, a group of characters no one seemed to know what to do with for a long, long time (this changed, I believe with Paul Jenkins and Jae Lee’s Inhumans run a few years earlier).
In this scene, Black Bolt has just witnessed his wife kissing his brother. In a fit of rage, he storms out of his kingdom destroying everything in his path until eventually he comes to rest:
I must’ve gone back and read this scene a dozen times already. The pacing here is flawless, and Irving does all the work to show us Black Bolt’s pain and anguish. For a character who cannot speak, the art hear speaks volumes. This is quite simply the best Black Bolt scene in recent memory (which is saying a lot, because Black Bolt has been used extremely well in the last few years). The emotion here is honest and effective.
There is, however, one page with Black Bolt that rivals this one, and I’ll be sharing that one next week…