If you’re unfamiliar with Silk, you can pick up a recent complete collection, but at the bare minimum know she’s tangentially connected to Spider-Man since she was bitten by the same spider. Locked away in a safe room for 10 years, she was released by Spider-Man and tried to make her way back into the world, find her family, and be a superhero. This week, she’s getting a brand new series and while it has been delayed from its original June 2020 release due to the pandemic, most of us are ready for more Silk-focused storytelling. Given how strong this introductory issue is, I think most comics fans in general will dig it.
This issue opens with Silk aka Cindy Moon taking out some burglars in a high-fashion department store. She makes short order of them and is soon reaping the benefits of crime-fighting first hand. From there, Maurene Goo quickly and efficiently introduces readers to Cindy’s home life, her job at Threats & Menaces working for J.Jonah Jameson, and the main conflict she’ll be working through in this story arc. From Cindy’s current relationship with her brother, some tough cookies to navigate at work, and the complexities of the bad guys she’s facing off with, Goo does a great job establishing everything quickly. You’re right there with Cindy whether you know the character or not.
Silk’s personality comes through loud and clear too. In fact, it’s surprising how much this book gets done while also supplying multiple interactions for Silk to take on as a hero. This allows readers to see her banter in different circumstances and how Cindy may be a bit green in areas, but she covers that up well with fast thinking and good instincts.
Art by Takeshi Miyazawa and colors by Ian Herring continue the trend Marvel has taken with Silk as she’s rendered slightly cartoony, never hyper-realistic, and quite animated in her expressions. You might remember Miyazawa’s art from Ghost-Spider, so the agility of Silk is a given, and there’s a great sense of space in every scene and panel. From Silk tapping away at a keyboard, cutting to her screen, and then heading out from her cubicle, you get a sense of the space around her and how she’s actively living in each scene. The costume looks fabulous as well and storytelling from panel to panel is strong. The point of view of each panel makes sense in a scene and tactfully navigates, making office scenes energetic and never stuffy.
Herring also excels with mood and low light. The opening scene is cast in cool blues, which convey the scene taking place at night, but the play of light from flashlights adds interest in the scene. A shock of flat color helps lift up other moments in the book, too.
J. Jonah Jameson is also an interesting character here. In the past, he’s been like a father figure to Silk, and that continues here, but there’s an interesting old-guy sexism to him that suits the character. He’s not the most likable guy historically, and this gives him that slight unlikability so that he’s not too sweet and fatherly as he’s been rendered in the past. It also creates a sticking point for Silk to navigate, or at the very least shows the different ages of Cindy and Jameson and how they don’t necessarily jive.
Silk #1 is a great start that firmly establishes the character for new readers while also carrying forward the character for longtime fans. This issue is incredibly economical with its scenes and once you put it down it’ll feel like you got extra story. The beauty of this story is how Cindy is actually good at most of what she does, but it’s the people and circumstances in her life that add the conflict. For that, Silk is an inspiring hero for readers of all ages and this is a great start to her latest series.
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