Comic Book Review: Silk #1
Cindy Moon a.k.a. Silk, was the catalyst of the mega event “Spider-Verse”. She was first introduced in “Amazing Spider-Man” #4 during the “Original Sin” storyline that attempted to change some of the long set history for many Marvel characters. The same spider that bit Peter Parker and bestowed him with super powers also bit Cindy Moon on the ankle and she was granted very similar powers. She was forced to hide herself away in a bunker to protect the fate of the world and herself but “Spider-Verse” changed all that. After this event she is now out in New York City trying to find her way and that’s where “Silk” #1 begins.
“Silk” #1 takes Cindy Moon out of the giant pool of Spidey characters and into a story that is her own. Immediately she has to face a villain named Dragonclaw and we get a great grasp of who she is as a person. She’s a little lost, awkward and definitely doesn’t have the ability to recite one liners the way Peter Parker can. She does however have a love of Pokemon that I appreciate. Robbie Thompson and Stacey Lee spend a lot of time covering every aspect of Cindy’s life post “Spider-Verse” and they do a fine job. We see her at work, adapting to having friends, being a superhero but most importantly we get inside her head. The inner monologue in “Silk” #1 is incredibly important and well executed because it is inviting. There’s not need for prior knowledge leaving even the most new reader able to get into the series easily.
“Batgirl” and “Ms. Marvel” have really ushered in a new wave of female superheroes and “Silk” is another series that follows this new trend. She’s another character representative of the current younger generation but this team doesn’t really go out of their way to illustrate this. It’s all very natural and again makes “Silk” very inviting for all readers. Cindy Moon is also Asian American which is a much needed addition to the fight for more diversity in comics. Asian Americans are terribly underrepresented in comics and Cindy Moon could be ground breaking and hopefully open the door for even more diversity in mainstream superhero comics.
Stacey Lee’s art is in a word, awesome. Lee has a young sensibility artistically and reminds me a little of what Babs Tarr is doing on “Batgirl” but with more polished pencils. There’s a lot of attention paid to the details and the feel is slightly manga like. The scenes with Silk in the air, fighting and using her webs are kinetic and truly embody movement. Lee’s facial expressions are vast and completely on point. She’s really able to capture Cindy’s lack of confidence, her fear and her strong desire to do the right thing. Ian Herring handles the colors and he does a top notch job. This is a bright and vibrant issue. The way he colors the flashbacks works because it’s a clever use of faded colors to visually show how this is in Cindy’s memories. It differentiates the two time periods excellently.
“Silk” #1 is a little all over the place but is a very strong debut for a creative team that might just have the next big thing on their hand. Cindy Moon is likable and relatable and in this issue we get just enough to make her stand out from the rest of the “Spider-Man” family. All the attention has been on Spider-Gwen but Silk deserves a lot more attention than she’s getting.