The saga of Silent Earth has been building for nearly a year and it’s all comes to a head, at last.
Last issue, Claudio finally decided that the fight must be taken to Wilhelm Ryan. After an attempted, and botched, rescue of his friend Cecil, Claudio managed to defeat a group of Ryan’s Red Army through a combination of dumb luck and sheer, overwhelming power. Setting off in the company of the fallen Prise, Ambellina, and the serial killer, Al, he is unaware that Al plans to kill them both.
This issue begins as Al partially incapacitates Ambellina and plans to add her to his collection of frozen victims. Claudio charges to the rescue and, in the course of a vicious battle, takes out both Al and his ship, inadvertently. The ship screams towards a potentially rough landing on top of the House Atlantic, Wilhelm Ryan’s stronghold, currently under siege by Inferno’s rebel troops.
Down on the ground, the battle seems to be turning against Inferno when Chase, the child-like IRO-bot, comes to Inferno’s rescue and brings the rest of Ambellina’s sister Prise with her. Things seem to be looking up for a moment, but unfortunately Ryan had planned for all of this and the arrival of the Prise serves to further his goals as he uses their stolen energy to activate the vast weapon that the House Atlantic has secretly been turned into.
Though I am a big fan of Peter David, some of the dialogue in this issue seemed oddly stilted and awkward, and I found it hard to believe David had written it (if, indeed, he did) as his scripting over Claudio Sanchez’s story has made this the best written and most professionally-assembled Amory Wars series to date.
Aaron Kuder’s art, initially somewhat weak after taking over from Chris Burnham but gaining strength with each issue, also seemed to have backslid somewhat as some of the inking seemed heavy-handed and actually drew my eye away from what should have been the focus in several panels.
This was, however, still a very good issue overall, and the action was both engaging and well-paced. I look forward to the conclusion of this series.