Silk #2 REview & Spoilers
Robbie Thompson, writer
Stacey Lee, artist
Ian Herring, color artist
Two issues of Silk, and so far so good. There’re so many Spider-People webslinging around New York, and whenever a new one shows up, I’m usually hesitant to accept them. Whether to milk Spider-Man for all the money they can, or as a lazy way to create new characters and stories, it seems so easy for Marvel to hand some spider powers to new characters. Maybe that’s the case with Cindy Moon, a.k.a. Silk, but through her appearances in Amazing Spider-Man, Spider-Verse and now her own series, she’s been a fun addition.
That’s really what this comic is too: fun. Oh, there’s definitely drama, but it’s all put together quite well without being bogged down in depressing sadness.
This issue is a winner based solely on Silk referring to Morlun and his weirdo family as “JERKSTORES.” I wish she would have called him that during Spider-Verse because “Jerkstore would have smoked that guy!”
Issue 2 does take up some more time in exposition, which has already been covered in the previous issue and Amazing Spider-Man. Still, I guess it’s good to help new readers jump into the story. The remaining pages give us a glimpse of Cindy Moon’s life both at work and super-hero’ing. The series’ two overarching mysteries continue here as well, with no real answers revealed yet: where’s Cindy’s family and who is watching and evaluating her? Both questions have me interested.
As for the plot of this issue . . . it involves Silk battling a hilariously scary looking Hydra-tentacled-skull-robot that that happens to be rampaging through her neighborhood. Through the fight we get to see both Silk’s power in dispatching the robot, but also some of the downfalls of her inexperience. Again, both are portrayed quite well.
The drama? Besides the previously mentioned mysteries, Cindy finds out her first love is engaged. It’s a pretty weighty development, and an emotional event many people can probably relate to. Robbie Thompson really deserves credit for so effectively mixing emotional elements like this into the comic.
A lot of my opinions are above, so not much to add here.
I will say the art is virtually perfect for this kind of book. It’s cartoony, but in a really good way. Even with the style presented, Lee and Herring nail the emotion and action in every panel. Makes me wish Disney and Marvel would produce a Silk cartoon series.
Also, props to Thompson for remembering Spider-Sense was weakened due to the events of Spider-Verse.
No reservations here: Silk and her book are top-notch.
I put this series and Amazing Spider-Man as the two Spidey-themed books to buy right now. There’s no doubt in my mind that Silk might even appeal to some people more than Amazing Spider-Man.
Finally, comparisons to Spider-Woman and Spider-Gwen will be inevitable, and while those two books are solid, Silk is clearly the Superior Spider-Woman . . .
. . . Take that Doc Ock!
Tags: Marvel Comics, Robbie Thompson, Silk, Spider-Man