Cindy Moon debuted in the pages of the new “Amazing Spider-Man” series that launched n 2014. She remained nameless until writer Dan Slott and artist Humberto Ramos created her first full appearance in “Amazing Spider-Man” #4 (July 2014). At that time she was introduced as a long forgotten fellow high school student of Peter Parker who just happened to get bitten by the same radioactive spider as Parker aka Spider-Man. She gained all the same powers but due to a yet unrealized threat to the entire universe she was locked in an airtight bunker for a decade.
When Spider-Man discovered her predicament and freed Cindy from the bunker it kicked off one of the most epic Spider-Man stories ever in “Spider-Verse.” That threat is over and Cindy, who has become the spider-themed hero named Silk, has become wildly popular and fans have let Marvel Comics know they want more.
Those fans need to look no further than “Silk” #1 for the debut of an all-new series starring the breakout hero of “Spider-Verse” as she finally must deal with returning to a life that moved on without her while she was hiding in a cold emotionless bunker for ten years. The new series is written by Robbie Thompson with art by Stacey Lee and kicks off with Silk taking on the menacing Dragonclaw.
Okay so Dragonclaw will never be confused with Doctor Doom on the villain scale, but this D-lister gets us right into the action to see what Silk can do which is pretty much what a spider does. It also allows Thompson and Lee to show how green Silk is as a hero.
The story has an upbeat tone as we get to see Silk and Cindy’s adjustment to the world that moved on without her. Thompson does a great job of filling in the world around Silk who other than her ties to Spider-Man does not have any pre-established story. Much of the story draws from what was learned about Silk in the “Amazing Spider-Man” series and this explains a lot about her relationship with Spider-Man which is captured nicely here.
The artwork from Lee is the perfect look for this book. The pages have an anime look fused with the traditional comic stylings that keep the tone of the story upbeat. The art shows a great narrative highlighting the expressions of the characters that describes the feelings and moods that will tell the story even if there were no words. There is no skimping on the action either as Silk flings through the air spinning webs and making web-shields all shown in great detail.
The artwork is embellished by the great color palette of Ian Herring the colorist. The bright colors of the present day action where the story is set adds a vibrancy to the story. As Cindy Moon reflects on how she became Silk the vibrancy fades and the colors become a muted to create a more somber mood for these moments that trouble Silk.
“Silk” #1 ushers in a new era for one of Spider-Man’s newest allies. Thompson and Lee hit the ground running by building a world around Cindy and her alter-ego. There are lots of story possibilities for them to explore and further fuel Silk’s popularity in the comic book marketplace.
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