REVIEW: Silence #1
Book Title: Silence #1
Book Description: Stanley Kane was on top of the comic book industry as one of the biggest artists in the game. Then life happened. From being on top, our hero finds himself mired in a nasty divorce, he can’t find work, and he’s about to be evicted because he can’t make rent. You would think that at this point Stanley is hitting rock bottom. It would be nice. Unfortunately when things are going badly there is no such thing as catching a break. Stanley has a massive heart attack in a taxi cab. The heart attack should have been a widow maker. Stanley is a skosh too stubborn to just give up and die. Now he just needs to recover and get back to work. His agent has the perfect solution for both: Silence, Michigan. The town is on the North Eastern peninsula and has a population of 108. Plenty of peace and quiet for Stanley. After everything he went through in New York City, this is exactly what he needs, right?
Book Author: Evan K. Pozios
Book Format: Paperback
Publisher - Orgnization: Second Sight Publishing
Illustrator: Alex Sanchez
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- Cover Art
Silence is a cautionary tale that combines Falling Down with the Killing Joke. You can be on top of your game, until you have one bad day. That bad day is all it takes to make everything go sideways and throw a person’s work/life balance out of whack. Suddenly both work and life outside of work are in the toilet and circling the drain.
I found Stanley to be very relatable in some regards. He is trying to be involved in his children’s lives while having to keep a roof over his head, hold down a steady job, and keep his ex’s barracuda of an attorney at bay. It’s not exactly an enviable position to be in.
This cover is a perfect match with the title. I think we have all had moments where the silence was deafening. In my experience after years of constant noise from my family, pets, and traffic, if it’s too quiet I can’t get anything done.
A picture is worth a thousand words. The way that the interior artwork meshes perfectly with the story to bring Stanley to life is a demonstration of that. It’s not perfect. Neither is Stanley. It helps make him feel more realistic.
The first issue of Silence isn’t as action packed as some of its contemporaries. I found the break from the norm to be refreshing. We spend a lot more time focusing on character development than normal. Love him or hate him, we know Stanley. I look forward to spending more time with him as the series progresses.