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Silk #1

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Cindy Moon explodes out of the Spider-Verse and into New York!

The Good

When Silk first burst out of her bunker at the beginning of the post-Superior Spider-Man, it wasn’t clear what her role would, if any, be in Spidey’s world. Though it fast became clear the two had some chemistry, both literal and figurative, introducing this new, dynamic character, only to have her join the Parker Support Brigade felt like a waste. It seems, however, that the folks at Marvel had other ideas as SILK #1 has debuted, and while Spidey features in it, this is definitely Cindy Moon’s story. We pick up directly after Spider-Verse, with Silk battling a new villain in the form of the Pokemonish Dragonclaw. Things go quickly awry as her danger-sense is apparently on the fritz, either as a result of her recent massive battles against the Inheritors, or because it isn’t properly calibrated to work outside the bunker she spent a decade in. Robbie Thompson’s got his hands full introducing this character while simultaneously catching people up on what she’s been up to currently, and where she’s come from. Thompson zeroes in on what makes Moon unique, and a big part of that is her deteriorated social skills due to a decade of being locked away, which is played as both strength and weakness. We also get flashbacks to her life before the spider bit her, and this is where the issue really shines: the teen angst here may not be 100% true to life, but it feels at the very least genuine. Thompson also eschews the usual “shattered home/awful life” superhero trope in favor of some run-of-the-mill drama about pressures from school and a social life interfering with them.

Stacey Lee isn’t the most well-known name for interiors, but it’s a name destined to rocket to the top of art requests based on what I’ve seen here. We get a style that’s not quite manga, not quite realistic, but a tremendously effective merging of the two without seeming too derivative or too dull. The linework on display in this issue possesses an incredibly fluidity that makes the action, and traversal, not only easy to follow, but actually fun to follow. This is a book that, based on this issue, won’t be taking itself too terribly seriously, and Lee’s art is versatile enough to inject a sense of whimsy, but knows when to pull back from more dramatic, introspective moments. Ian Herring handles the colors, and does a beautiful job bringing Lee’s New York to vibrant, colorful life, as well as tinting the flashbacks to let the reader know when one transitions into another.

The Bad

As a result of how much new readers may need to know, and how much apparently needs to be done in this first issue, the narrative here is all over the place. Flashbacks begin and end with little rhyme or reason, and Silk seems to traverse New York, and various scenes, in what seem like seconds. The action’s not difficult to follow, but it IS sometimes confusing to see what takes how much time.

The Verdict

This is a strong introduction to a new character, and while she may be based on a pre-existing one, at the very least that gives her a foundation for fans to already know about, and be intrigued by, her, which will hopefully lead to this book taking off. The creative team is new, but they’re incredibly strong, and it seems unlikely that anyone picking this issue up to peruse it would be able to put it back down. It’s got its flaws, but those seem to mostly be giving the readers too much all at once, which is easy enough to correct. This is a solid debut for an intriguing character.

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superhoodie

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I found the writing very solid for the first issue, the only thing que really did not like was that she ignored Peter all the time when they were together, the writer gave a contextualized, but i thought unnecessary create this kind of conflict.

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I think I'm going to wait until issue 2's review, but I'm glad this got off to a good start. If all's good next time around, I'll be adding this to my pull.

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I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Initially I was a little worried about the art direction based on the preview pages that had been posted online. Luckily, I was wrong. Stacey Lee has more artistic range that does not show in those previews. The tone got a little more somber and likewise vibrant when it needed to. Plus I feel like the writing was done very well for Thompson's first time on a comic. I think a lot of the issues people were having with Silk being a "mary sue" character are addressed here fairly well. Easily a 4 or 5 in my book.

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I wonder if this will get overshadowed by Spider-Gwen.

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@aeroman said:

@ostyo: I hope it doesn't

Same here. Really enjoyed the first issue; hope the series does well.

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I enjoyed the first issue. I think it will be interesting to see where they take this series. Especially with silks ties to Peter and Spider-man. Looking forward to #2. One thing that really did stand out for me was the art, at first read it almost looked like a Sunday morning comic strip style. very simple with almost blocky edges and multiple sketch lines.

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Wow this was actually really good. I dig the art style and Cindy Moon is actually a compelling character. Consider this added.

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dragon claw is a move in pokemon.

its a fun book but i felt it could have done more to strand out for a debut it feels like a spin-off/tie in

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@superhoodie: I loved when peter and her had that 'spark' type feeling and the distance between them this issue kinda bummed me out

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the story seemed decent.... however i felt the artwork in it was BLAHH. not sure if i'll continue with this title but it remains to be seen. the best cover in my opinion was the regular version.

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I just read Silk and Spider-Gwen back to back ... Cindy Moon wins!

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One big problem I had was addressed in this opener, and I feel a lot better. I feel so bad for Cindy, considering all that she's lost and I think the way it's being handled has been okay so far. A piece of me feels like she could get a lot of answers through utilising Spider-Man a bit more, but we'll see. I'd rather she do it on her own, without Peter being on panel too much.

It's fun too, how ten years can make a huge impact on how technologically advanced and then savvy someone can be (or not). It's cute too, how that is being depicted with Jonah as the huge blowhard he's always been, haha, and it working in Cindy's favour.

So like I said, one of my biggest criticisms of this new character has been laid to rest and I can confidently say I expect to enjoy more of Cindy Moon.

Great review.