Though this series is Silk’s first solo comic, it expects you to know a little bit about who she is. So here is a small rundown.
Young teenager Cindy Moon was bitten by the same radioactive spider that had bitten Peter Parker. When her powers started to manifest, she was taken from her family and trained by a man named Ezekiel Sims. It’s soon after, the totemic predator “Morlun” tracks down Cindy for reasons not yet understood. In order to protect Cindy from his machinations, Ezekiel hides her in a bunker at the bottom of his tower. Free to go when ever she pleases, out of fear of Morlun, Cindy realising there is enough food and magazines to keep her busy for a long time, chooses to live alone in this bunker for good.
A decade later, Peter Parker learns of Cindy Moon and goes to free her. When hesitant to leave in fear of Morlun, Peter reveals to her that that Morlun is dead. After leaving the bunker, Cindy’s first quest was to find her parents. It would be failed attempt-after-failed attempt as Cindy’s parents are no- where to be found.
Working at the “Facts Channel” for JJJ (Jay Jonah Jameson) Cindy hopes her job and her new secret identity “Silk” will help her on her quest to find her parents.
I know what your thinking, “another spider-person!” Don’t we have too many already? Peter’s Spider-Man, Mile’s Spider-Man, Spider Woman, Spider-Gwen and the million Spider-Man clones from different universes.
What were Marvel thinking making another wall crawler?
The truth is, in the last few years Marvel have been making some amazing new characters and it’s not really been their powers that has made them so relatable, but the brilliant writing behind them.
It’s clear in his writing of Silk, Robbie Thompson used the recent Ms. Marvel as inspiration. The story is neither complicated nor convoluted. The art is simple yet expressionistic. We get to see in the mind of Cindy Moon, her inner monologue is expressed on every page allowing for humour and greater insight.
As mentioned the story is fairly straightforward. Cindy’s brother got mixed up in the wrong crowd; The Goblin Nation. It has left his mind ill and sick. Cindy wants answers and she is willing to fight any Goblin King-wannabe to get some.
Meanwhile, Black Cat is up to something. Cat and her gang are stealing tech from all over the city. Cindy has been hired by Shield’s Mocking Bird to infiltrate Black Cat’s gang and find out what her motives really are.
The key to making these types of comics enjoyable seems to be in the tone. Keeping things lighthearted without it coming off too childish or young in theme.
Cindy is a great new character. Thankfully it isn’t her powers that make her a welcome addition to Marvel but her attitude, her personality, and drive. Being locked up for over a decade has left her a little naive with how to handle situations. It’s not that she acts stupid or foolish, but is always the optimist. She seems to have a thing for smells as much as everyone she encounters leaves her holding her breath in disgust. She is funny but in a different way to Peter. Where Peter shows the stupidity in his opponents and often their attire, Cindy makes fun of herself and her predicaments. Though implied to be a young adult, her absence from society for over a decade has left within her a drive often lost in adulthood.
The supporting characters even appearing regularly never really left any imprint. Black Cat was her normal self, though now appearing in more of a gang leader role, and Peter appears in the third quarter to basically tell Cindy she is doing everything wrong. The only possible exception is JJJ who showed Cindy his rarely seen softer side when he worries about her absence at work.
The Goblin Nation are an interesting group of villains, with each new member being someone either an outcast or a rebel. Like any cult, they target the feeling of belonging. It’s quite dark when you think about it, but the comic manages to handle it in a light manner.
The art by all three artists is good with Stacey’s Lee’s contribution being my favourite. It really set the tone for the rest of the comic. The expressions are exaggerated and the colours are beautiful and vibrant. Sadly, it made Tana Fords art dull by comparison, which is sad because as a stand-alone her art is brilliant, but as a follow up to Stacey it just didn’t have the same life. Veronica Fish did the last two issues, it’s not quite as stylised as Lee’s however, it does bring back the tone I liked so much at the beginning.
Marvel seem to be on a roll with their new characters lately, especially with their female ones. This first volume of Silk is proof that Cindy Moon has a place in Marvels pantheon of heroes. It’s fun, engaging with a touch of heart.
Though I’m not bold enough to say she is my new favourite Marvel character, I will say this: “She is my new favourite “webhead” next to Parker and a hero I will be reading more of!”