> I too am loving Silent War. I picked it up mainly due to it's attachment to X-Factor, and I am so glad I did. I loved Hine's District X and he's still got that great storytelling ability. So many parts to our intricate plot are given time in each issue. I actually thought this was the weakest issue so far, just because not a lot happened. Granted, we got some closer character moments with Medusa and Maximus, but after the first issue battle with the FF, and the standoff with Madrox, Layla, and Quicksilver in issue two, this one just felt a little empty to me. Even still, I enjoyed it immensely and I cannot wait to see the battle in issue four.
> I need to pick up Son of M obviously, but to those in the know, is the past Paul Jenkens run of Inhumans important to this story (and is it good)? I assumed that Black Bolt and Medusa's son might be a main plot point from that series.
I share your thoughts about this mini. I thought the latest chapter was just as strong however, as Frazier's art really conveyed the anguish of Black Bolt and Medusa. This books does what so little others do for me these days...go out and purchase other books. This is how you generate interest in characters-not with endless crossovers with a lot of people just standing around.
I bought the first couple issues of the Jenkins Inhuman mini, and while I can't say for sure, I don't think it concentrated on Ahura at all. That story was told in an Inhumans Graphic Novel from 1988. I think there were other chapters in Daredevil(I vaguely remember those issues) and an issue of FF Unlimited that I don't own. Here's the cover to that Graphic novel. I'm going to try to track it down myself.