Comic Book / Silent War

Silent War was a 2007 Marvel Comics limited series, about the war of The Inhumans against the United States.

In the end of the House of M crossover Quicksilver lost his powers, along with most of the mutants. In Son Of M he was rescued by Crystal, his former wife of The Inhumans, and taken to Attilan. He stole the terrigen crystals, the source of the inhuman's powers, in a bid to restore the power of the depowered mutants. It did not work work well: he did not recover his super-speed, but got instead a weird power, to go forward in time and return. His daughter Luna, who did not have powers, got the power to "see" the evil or the emotions. The ex-mutants exposed to the mists mutated horribly. And, before the Inhumans could recover the terrigen crystals, the US army secured them. Black Bolt then declared war to the US.

Gorgon led a small team that invaded a theater play and revealed to the public what was going on. The "Do Not Adjust Your Set" number soon turned into a terrorist attack when Jolen killed a number of people; Gorgon and the others were defeated by the Fantastic Four and captured. A scientist tested the terrigen mists on Gorgon, exposing him to it a second time: he became a beast. The scientist Cartwright was exposed to it as well, and got super-strength.

The inhumans tried to teleport to the Pentagon and retrieve the Crystals, but Reed Richards had prepared a defense that took them somewhere else. They visited Quicksilver later, and found that he had embedded the crystals into his body. He warned as well that in a jump forward he saw an atomic explosion in the moon, at the location of Attilan. The Inhumans teleported again, not to the Pentagon itself but near it, and proceed from there. Despite the resistance of the Avengers, they retrieved the crystals and returned to Attilan.

The crystals had been used on marines, to create super-soldiers, although the process is lethal for humans after some time. Those marines were sent to the moon, to attack Attilan; Medusa freed Maximus and her son Ahura by then. The marines were defeated, captured and taken to the city; and one of them used her power: to explode like an atomic bomb.

Silent War contains examples of:

  • The Bad Guy Wins: Maximus gets control of what's left of Attilan, and Medusa. Depend on how you view their actions, the American government might count as this.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Dr. Cartwright, who studies the crystals, determines one of the things they do is give the subject what they most wish for, if only in a limited sense. In his case, it was to be like Captain America (i.e. with a body bodybuilders would kill for). He certainly got it. For a few days.
  • Body Horror: Quicksilver with all the crystal shards embedded in his chest. Also, the scientist who exposes himself to terrigenesis crystals.
  • Bolivian Army Ending: Luna confesses Black Bolt that she had freed Maximus, and that she's a bit responsible of the destruction of Attilan. She asked Black Bolt what can she do, there is a view of Black Bolt's mouth... the end. Did he kill her, or not? Later series would show he didn't.
  • Canon Discontinuity: The ending where Attilan gets blown up? By the Inhuman's next appearance, in their Secret Invasion mini-series, it's been completely rebuilt just fine, thanks for asking.
  • Creepy Child: Ahura. It's not his fault, he's just got a power far too much like uncle Max for his own good. Plus, being locked up in a cell and never allowed to see anyone. That, and Maximus framing him in the first place.
  • Do Not Adjust Your Set: Gorgon began the war with one of those. It did not end well.
  • Engineered Public Confession: The president of the US will say that the terrigen mist are a massive destruction weapon. That it will be used to create monsters that will commit terrorist attacks against the US. That Black Bolt is a religious fundamentalist, who will not stop until he destroys the American way of life. Blatant Lies? Let's hear the recorded tape again, shall we, Lord Gorgon? "When Black Bolt comes for you, you will have no salvation. When he speaks, those walls will crumble, and your great civilization, your precious America, will fall".
  • I Choose to Stay: as the destruction of Attilan is unavoidable, Quicksilver wants to keep Luna with him. If not him, then the Fantastic Four, Atlantis, Wakanda, anywhere except the doomed Attilan. She did not accept that: she's an inhuman, and must stay with her people.
  • Karma Houdini: The Inhuman who actually kills all those people at the beginning? Vanishes from the narrative without a trace, and it's never said whether he's actually punished for, y'know, causing the whole problem.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Maximus, even while imprisoned and supposedly incapable of using his powers, manages to get inside everybody's head.
  • Me's a Crowd: Multiple Man appears in issue 3. Medusa threatens some of his aggressive dupes with Black Bolt causing every electron in his body to collide with every other electron in his body, and see what happens.
    Aggressive Dupe: She's bluffing. Imagine a bazillion dupes being creating instantaneously in a room this size.
    Aggressive Dupe 2: Wow. Yeah. That'd be, like... amazing... Let's take him!
    Madrox: Guys, seriously. Not a good idea.
  • Neck Lift: When the Inhumans visited Quicksilver, Layla showed up with the Multiple Man, told them that nobody attacks them in their territory, and told the Multiple Man to attack Black Bolt. His poor throat does not need friends like Layla...
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Luna, since she was exposed to the terrigen mists she has a big variety of powers.
  • No-Sell: Maximus's powers work on everyone but Black Bolt and Luna.
  • Oh, Crap!: Madrox, the Multiple Man, was taken by Layla to protect Quicksilver. He opens the door, and find Quicksilver with the Inhumans. Yes, he's a bit outnumbered, duplicates included.
  • Ominous Message from the Future: Sort of. Quicksilver visited the future and knows of the inevitable destruction of Attilan. This future can not be changed... and it isn't.
  • Shooting Superman: Jamie Madrox brings a baseball bat to meet with Quicksilver, and actually tries using it against Medusa. He gets his ass thrown into a wall for his troubles.
  • Shout-Out: Maximus quotes a verse from The Tempest in issue 3
  • Super Soldier: The US does not trust the regular superheroes to wage the war against the inhumans, as they are their friends, and sought instead to use the terrigen mist on marines to create superpowered soldiers.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behaviour: Luna, who isn't even in her teens, wants to take part in the fight against the empowered marines.
  • Unperson: Black Bolt and Medusa's son, Ahura, explaining the reason for why he hasn't been seen for years. Black Bolt actually gets angry with Medusa for saying his name.
  • The War Has Just Begun: Reed Richards pointed this when the military took Gorgon prisoner. The Thing thought that things were over by then.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: The scientist pointed to Gorgon that Human Rights are, well, for humans
  • What the Hell, Hero?: The reaction of the Fantastic Four to Gorgon after his terrorist attack.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: Maximus didn't cause the situation with the U.S., but he did infect Medusa and Ahura with malicious thoughts years ago and waited to see what happened.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Medusa visits Maximus down in his cell, and kisses him passionately. All completely against her will, with her wondering in her mind what's going on.

Who's got the voice now, brother? Who's got the voice?!