Since her first appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man #1 and her involvement in last year’s mega-story “Spider-Verse,” Silk (Cindy Moon) finally has a series of her own, but is she ready to fight crime on her own? Will she be a great crime-fighter without the assistance of Spider-Man, Spider-Woman, Spider-Gwen, or anybody else who fought along her side, from the events of Spider-Verse? This new series is written by Robbie Thompson, art is by Stacey Lee, and the colorist is Ian Herring, with the regular cover illustrated by Dave Johnson.
In the beginning we see Silk fighting crime, and she is battling a B-List villain (more like a D-Lister), who calls himself Dragonclaw. Silk gets a kick out of this villain’s name, she gets quirky like Spider-Man, and this is when we realize what her fighting style is going to be. But, because Silk’s inexperienced, she makes a mistake, Spider-Man has to come to her rescue, and Dragonclaw manages to get away (for now). Frustrated, Silk runs away from Spider-Man after he asks her a few questions. After this moment, we see the first flashback sequence of Cindy and her family, and looking at her carefully, there’s emphasis with the color red on her. We see the relationship Cindy had with her family, specifically her mother and her little brother.
We also see Cindy at work, at “The Fact Channel News,” and J. Jonah Jameson has an immediate liking to Cindy, due to her “old school” spirit. Instead of carrying a tablet or smartphone, Cindy is walking around with a pad of paper and a pen, but this is to be expected since she’s been trapped in a bunker for so many years, she’s not familiar with today’s technology. Shortly after, we see another flashback, but this time it features Cindy with her little brother, again, the color red being emphasized on her. Once that’s over, it’s round two for Silk and Dragonclaw. The difference is, Silk does good this time…a little too good, momentarily, she thinks that she killed the villain, but did Dragonclaw teleport his way out, or did he just weasel his way out of his costume and sneak away?
Cindy goes to her roommate’s place and realizes, she can’t live there anymore, so she leaves a note, and heads to the only place she knows as her home…the bunker she was trapped in for many years; her prison. The last flashback we see is of Cindy with her former boyfriend, and everything seems to be going well with them…until they go to the science exhibit that changed her and Peter Parker’s life forever. We also get a glimpse of Peter in the background taking pictures. Then, we see who the mastermind is, and she gives the costume-less Dragonclaw another chance. Lastly, we see Cindy setting up her Ethernet cable so she can go on her laptop. She is now on a mission to find her family, but somewhere out there, there are people monitoring her from a “security” room, and the story ends here.
Silk is a character I’ve liked since her first appearance, so having her own series was great news to me, but not to be biased, I took some days to think about this book as a whole, without showing favoritism. I even had to read it more than once in order to see the pros and cons, and overall, this premiere issue is really good. The story by Robbie Thompson gives us a sense of who Cindy Moon was and is, and seeing the flashbacks were nice, because we now know more about the title character. Seeing Silk fighting on her own was nice to see, because she’s not perfect, she has so much to learn; she has to master her crime-fighting skills. The artwork by Stacey Lee is complimentary to Silk, she not only looks great as Silk, but she cleans up well as Cindy Moon, and her expressions add realism. Wrapping the book up with the colors by Ian Herring, looks stunning. It’s nice to see the lighter, faded look during the flashback sequences, it separates those scenes with the current events.
A job well done by the creative team, and overall I rate this issue a 4.5 out of 5 stars, a highly recommended read for fans of Silk, and for those who haven’t heard of Silk before, what better way to be introduced to her than a premiere issue? The mix of action and humor mesh well in this story, put together, it’s a really good read. Silk #1 has 23 pages, retails for $3.99, and is available now in print and on digital formats.