We’re into the final third of the crossover now, so everything has to be racing towards the conclusion, right? Right? (Apologies to anyone viewing this through the Facebook app, you may not be able to see the text.)
Spider-Women Part 6 (Silk #8)
Writer: Robbie Thompson
Artist: Tana Ford
Colorist: Ian Herring
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Cover Artist: Yasmine Putri
Editors: Kathleen Wisneski & Devin Lewis
Executive Editor: Nick Lowe
Editor-In-Chief: Axel Alonso
Recap: After getting their butts handed to them by Cindy Moon of Earth 65, Agent of SILK, Gwen Stacy and Cindy Moon Prime are arrested by Bobbi Morse, Agent of SHIELD/Mockingbird. Cindy tries to talk Bobbi out of it, but Gwen’s sass works against her. Thankfully, they are saved by Felicia Hardy, Crime Lord/Black Cat. Gwen discovers her powers are on the fritz and takes off. Black Cat confronts Cindy about the crime spree her 65 counterpart went on and Cindy lies her way into Black Cat’s confidence. The issue ends with them deciding to continue Cindy-65’s crime spree and we’re left uncertain if Cindy Prime is actually breaking bad.
Thoughts: This issue is pretty polarizing, containing some good and some not so good. Considering Robbie Thompson has penned a good third of this crossover, you would think a lot more would be happening with Cindy Moon, but so far we’re still at the same point as when we started; Cindy Moon is in over her head and the idea of breaking bad looms. There’s been some fun exploration of this, especially when she is compared to her Earth 65 counterpart, but it’s starting to feel like Thompson is treading water.
Gwen Stacy continues to steal the show. The loss of her powers is an exciting prospect as her solo book heads into its Venom storyline. Her antagonization of Cindy, Bobbi, and anyone near her makes her the most enjoyable character in this issue. I think it’s pretty telling of Gwen’s mental state that she accuses Cindy of following in her 65 counterparts’ footsteps, when last issue everything Cindy said and did showed otherwise.
Unfortunately, Bobbi Morse comes off like a bit of an idiot this issue. Having been abducted by Skrulls and possessed by a dead super-villain in the past, you think she’d be a little more open to Cindy’s defense, but that would make the story too easy I guess. She just assumes Cindy is pretending to maintain her evil cover, even when Cindy says nothing to that effect. And of course Jessica inconveniently can’t be reached.
Black Cat fares a little better, but she’s also shown to be overly aggressive for no reason and we have a repeat of every scene she’s had with Cindy: Cindy accuses Black Cat of not trusting her, Cat says she will change, they decide to do something evil together. Rinse and repeat.
With Gwen, Mockingbird, Cindy 65, and Black Cat all expecting her to break bad, is it really that hard to expect she finally will? The ending of the issue really sells it, as she improvises her way through a great conversation with Black Cat. Throughout the conversation, her inner voice is playing good cop, but it slowly fades away at the end when Cindy seeming decides to go super villain. Either way Cindy falls at the end of this event, it is well earned.
This is probably Tana Ford’s weakest issue in a while. There’s no cool page layouts, her superheroes look emaciated, and her masks look awful; also why the hell is Gwen’s eyes on her mask lopsided when no one else draws the mask that way? Still, there is some improvement in her hair game and as always, Ian Herring brings a strong sense of visual continuity to the issue.
Verdict: This is a slightly below average issue of Silk and probably the weakest issue of the crossover for me. There’s a lack of fun, a sense of treading water until the finale, and the art feels rushed. Gwen is the star of the issue in Cindy’s book, which is never a good sign. It’s not a bad book though, just a weaker issue.
- Cindy breaking bad
- Treading Water
- Rushed Art
- Black Cat scenes repetitive
- Bobbi’s pigheadedness