by Robbie Thompson, Stacey Lee & Ian Herring
The fallout after the epic Spider-Verse event has brought a lot of new spider related titles to Marvel. One of those is based on the character of Silk. Cindy Moon had been hidden in a locked bunker for many years after being bit by the same spider as Peter Parker. Now that she’s free in New York City, she spends her days working at a news network and her nights fighting crime.
Coming into this first issue didn’t require readers to have read the previous Spider-Verse event. A short summary on the first page was more than enough to catch you up on Cindy Moon’s situation. This issue mostly solidified Silk’s status as a superhero and showcased her various problems adapting to a new world. Writer Robbie Thomson perfectly paced this issue to flow smoothly while still being able to add multiple story elements. The mystery behind her family’s mysterious disappearance while she was in the bunker is an incredibly interesting story element that will be interesting to see play out. Some of the dialog did feel a little clunky at times, but it’s probably more of a personal taste scenario. However, having her be able to weave clothing out of the webbing from her fingertips was a brilliant idea.
Now the real treat to this debut issue of Silk was the absolutely stunning artwork from Stacey Lee and Ian Herring. Silk‘s art will seem reminiscent of other similar series that have recently came out like Batgirl or Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. However, Stacey Lee has these thick lines in her inking that perfectly captures both action scenes and facial expressions giving Silk an almost manga quality to its art. Herring’s color palette made this whole issue illuminate. He balances both dark and bright colors to keep either one of them overtaking the issue and muddling Silk‘s playful tone. Having not been familiar with this art team before, both Lee and Herring brought a surprisingly remarkable looking first issue.
New characters sometimes have a hard time fitting into either the DC or Marvel universe, let alone being able to carry their own solo title. However, Silk is able to pull it off by delivering a really fun first issue that is suitable for a diverse audience. Anyone can pick up Silk and enjoy it without feeling bogged down with continuity. This was a wonderful way to introduce both Silk and Cindy Moon to readers and we are glad to have her here.