Grim_Noir Punches Neo-Nazis with Silver Sable & The Wild Pack

 

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Title: Silver Sable & The Wild Pack (Legacy) #36 (“Silver and Bold, Part 1 of 1”)

Writer: Christa Faust

Pencilers: Paulo Siqueira & Jose Luis

Inkers: Cam Smith, Terry Pallot & Paulo Siqueira

Color Artist: Rachelle Rosenberg

Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino

Cover Artists: Mahmud Asrar & Marte Gracia

Variant Cover Artists: John Tyler Christopher, Ron Lim, Scott Hanna & Andrew Crossley

Editor: Devin Lewis

Published by Marvel Entertainment LLC

Reviewed by Grim_Noir

Aside from the anti-Sony Pictures sentiments by some Marvelites, when Sony announced their Black Cat-Silver Sable team-up movie, Silver & Black, I suspect you could draw a pie chart to graph fans reactions: One third would be Marvel Zombies who reacted “Cool!” One third would be fans who went “Why?!?!” And the final third were saying “Silver WHO?” I fall squarely into the first camp.

Silver Sablinova (working alias Silver Sable) is a freelance mercenary and bounty hunter. Together with her personal elite force, The Wild Pack, she uses their missions, hunting high-profile supervillains, to fund the coffers of their home nation, Symkaria. Symkaria is a small nation which borders Dr. Doom’s Latveria and maintains strained, but cordial relations with both that nation and the U.S.. As a member of Symkaria’s royal family, Silver holds diplomatic immunity on most of the team’s missions. She inherited the family “business” from her father, a world-famous Nazi hunter. (Think of her as Black Widow with Tony Stark’s budget and Janet Van Dyne’s fashion sense.)

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Extreme Spidey fanboys can tell you that Ms. Sable was created by Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz, and that she debuted in The Amazing Spider-Man #265, in June 1985. Personally, I renewed my Symkarian passport when she got her own series, from 1992-1995. I have tracked her backwards and forwards in the Marvel universe from there. After her own series was cancelled at issue #35, Silver has dealt with the Heroes For Hire, Paladin, the Hand, Doc Ock and Rhino (just to name a few escapades).

The OCD among us have been asking, “Why didn’t they just let Silver Sable & The Wild Pack finish out that third year of their series?” Over twenty years later, Marvel has finally answered that question with this “Silver & Bold” one-shot.

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Edgar Award nominee Christa Faust’s plot for this all-new issue #36 involves a “simple” infiltration mission during a freighter hijacking. Like any good action film, the original mission was never really simple and gets progressively more pear-shaped as it goes along. For a single issue story, it has just the right rhythm of suspense beats and fight scenes. The last two pages feel a little rushed, although only in retrospect. In Faust’s defense, if this were the actual finale issue of a long-running series, it would have been given another eight pages.

Marvel has spared no expense in the Art Department for this issue; as any reader can tell just by looking at the massive Art credits on the first page. One might worry that too many chefs might spoil this stew, but your eyeballs will quickly tell you that is not the case. Everything is fluid and gorgeous. Emotions of anger, disgust, shock and relief resonate strongly. The layouts move things along briskly and the details in the panels reward multiple re-reads. (Plus, that Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Steranko homage cover is pure catnip!)

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Full disclosure (for those who don’t already know: Heist movies and espionage action are kinda my grooves. I have written reviews before about Black Widow and Velvet floppies. Silver Sable & The Wild Pack issue #36 satisfied my superspy itch and turned my Black Friday Silver.

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