It’s all been leading up to this. Who is Silk, and what will she hold for the future of Spider-Man?
WRITER: Dan Slott
PENCILER: Humberto Ramos
INKER: Victor Olazaba
COLORS: Edgar Delgado
LETTERER: Chris Eliopoulos
ASSOCIATE EDITOR: Ellie Pyle
EDITOR: Nick Lowe
PLOT: The issue begins with Peter testing out some anti-electro equipment in his lab, which is going well till he gets an Avengers alert on his phone. He swings off into action stating happily to all of his cohorts that he is no longer mind controlled. Then the watchers eye explodes and Peter gets the secret revealed that another person was bitten by the spider. He goes to where Ezekiel hid her from the world, and frees her. She then comes out they have a small fight in which it’s established she’s better than him in all ways but strength. She reveals she was hidden from the world in order to prevent Morlun from coming back and killing everyone. Peter explains Morlun is dead, and she swings off happily to enjoy her new life. She makes up a quick dumb looking costume declares herself as silk, and the pair venture out to her old apartment where her family lived. Meanwhile on some random planet place Morlun stands up and makes some dumb speech about returning to kill the spiders. It’s revealed her parents have moved away, and Spider-Man says he fought Morlun twice and killed him both times. She attacks Spider-Man again, they fight, and then they kiss for no reason at all.
Oh, and the Black Cat sneaks into Parker Industries to kidnap Sajani.
STORY: Now I have been relatively kind to Slott’s run in the past, it has some great issues, and some interesting storylines. I’ve loved Learning To Crawl, and Superior was an enjoyable romp. So know when I say this is one of the worst Spider-Man issues I’ve read in a long time it’s not the words of a hater, but a critic.
THIS ISSUE IS BAD FOLKS, THE ONE MORE DAY TYPE OF BAD, THE TYPE OF BAD THAT MAKES YOU WISH FOR THE NINETIES BACK. Silk makes no sense, her costume is dumb, her abilities problematic, and her abilities are the same route crappy storytelling premise that Spider-Man suffers from in spades. Her powers are better than Spider-Man’s in every way, it’s almost like they’re opposites. You know who else was invented with this premise: Venom, Carnage, Toxin, Scorpion, Morlun, Scarlet Spider, Kaine, Superior Spider-Man and countless others. Spider-Man already has established rogues gallery villains that are better than him in abilities. It is a boring storytelling trope that adds nothing to the story. On top of this they make the truly asinine plot device that makes them “kiss” at the end of this issue. I don’t care what mystical mumbo jumbo “drew” them together it has no place in this storyline. With Original Sin we finally get a Venom Spidey can make out with.
Also we get the true problem with Slott’s characterization of Spider-Man, he doesn’t separate the two personas. When Peter is at his lab he acts exactly the same as he does as Spider-Man there is no real separation. Spider-Man jokes yes, but when the Avengers call for a serious world ending crisis he doesn’t go out happily, he puts on his game face. Spider-Man uses jokes as a way of easing tension, and angering his enemies but his use of humor shouldn’t define him as a character. The revelation that Silk exists should not be the impetus for him to completely leave The Avengers and focus on his own needs. They keep saying Spider-Man is back, but my Spider-Man left a long time ago.
ART:The only thing saving this book from an F is the semi-decent artwork. The artwork doesn’t offend you as much as the story, but Ramos draws the weirdest web duck feet I’ve ever seen. Best panel of the issue is the Watcher’s eye exploding which I’m pretty sure is lifted directly from Original Sins #2.
ODDITIES: The Hulks lip, what is the deal with the Hulk’s lip it looks so weird, and off kilter. How did Morlun end up in some weird Space Planet? Why wouldn’t Morlun just finish the job with Spider-Man if he was still out there? Why would Silk make him more angry? Why does Morlun suck so bad? Why did they kiss? Why Why Why Why Why Why why!!!!!!!