Silk #1: Back in the Game
Writer: Robbie Thompson
Artist: Stacy Lee
Colorist: Ian Herring
Cover Artist: Dave Johnson
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Editors: Devin Lewis, Ellie Pyle & Nick Lowe
Editor-In-Chief: Axel Alonso
After the events of Spider-Verse, Cindy Moon is operating in New York under the name Silk. Her first encounter with Dragon-Man goes poorly and Spider-Man saves her.
After 10 Years Earlier flashbacks to establish her family (mother, father, and younger brother) and the poor terms she ended her relationship with them on, we learn Cindy has taken a job at Fact Channel. She works under J Jonah Jameson, but she is using Fact Channel’s resources to hunt for her family. Jonah threatens to fire Cindy until she pitches Silk to him, an idea which he loves.
Cindy encounters Dragon-Man again but he escapes. Cindy realizes she is no longer comfortable with roommates and moves back into her bunker. Someone watches her in the bunker over a video feed, stating Cindy has returned home.
The issue ends with Dragon-Man reporting into Black Cat, who forces him to get genetic mutations to make him more of a threat against Silk.
Have you watched The Spectacular Spider-Man? This feels like The Spectacular Silk, which is about as high a compliment I can give anything Spider-Man related. It also makes sense, seeing as how writer Robbie Thompson’s biggest work to date has been for the television series, Supernatural. It feels like classic Spider-Man, but with twists. Jonah is telling the news, but now he has a boss and he’s backing both Cindy Moon (who sees as old school because of her disdain for technology) and Silk (who he sees as an antagonist to Spider-Man). Black Cat is a criminal but in a much higher position in the crime world. There is quips everywhere but they lack the passion Peter throws into them (except when Peter himself shows up). And Johnny Storm is coming, so there’s that too.
But it’s also more than a Spider-Man imitation. Cindy Moon comes to life under Thompson’s pen. She’s very socially awkward in an abrasive, speaks before she thinks type of way. She struggles with being alone while furthering isolating herself. She has a wonderful relationship with her little brother and an awkward one with her parents. And she really struggles with being a superhero and its very obvious she plays at being Spider-Man without fully committing to it. I’m actually excited to see her move away from this imitation and move into her own as a superhero, as the seeds are already being sown here.
Not everything about the issue works though. I think first issues should be largely stand alone, but this is pretty much all setup and catching up new readers on who Silk is. There is also a flashback to an earlier love, that adds nothing to the story for we have no current love interest that he can be used as a foil against (Peter does not count). The romance flashback do seem to end on ominous tone though, as they enter a very familiar Science Exhibition. She also has eidetic memory which is nothing more than a plot device. Finally, she develops a dislike for noise right before the issue’s end, that conveniently pushes her back to the bunker. Little things like that drag down what is otherwise a really solid first issue.
I LOVE Stacy Lee’s art in this series. Its minimalist but that makes it kinetic. Its expressive, both when it comes to body language and facial expression. It’s also incredibly easy to follow everything going on in this series. The fight scenes are vibrant thanks to the wonderfully talented Ian Herring filling the backgrounds with solid colors that seem to reflect the emotion of the moment. He adds a faded blend to the flashbacks scenes that keeps you aware of where in time you are.
And Thompson’s script gives them tons to do, especially with Silk’s powers, which are all over the place after Spider-Verse. In the issue, she creates a web shield and web clothing while also using several of Peter’s classic powers. While these wonky powers could end up being something that gives her an out whenever she needs it, for now it is fun to see new uses of spider powers (although the clothing seems more like a symbiote power) and Lee delivers. Even just having the webs come out of her fingertips looks really cool.
Verdict: This was much better than I was expecting. It feels like old school Spider-Man in a modern world. A lot of interesting plot threads are set up and Cindy feels like a strong character worthy of her own Spider-title. It is a strength of Thompson’s script that he writes Silk as trying to be Spider-Man and failing, without it being a bad attempt at writing Spider-Man. Here’s hoping it continues to be strong.
- Excellent use of Spider-Man’s corner of the 616
- Setup of interesting storylines
- Kinetic art
- A bit too convenient
- All setup