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Silk #1 Shows Cindy Moon Adjusting To Being Human Not Her Powers

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Silk #1, written by Robbie Thompson and drawn by Stacey Lee, is the introduction to Cindy Moon AKA Silk from the Spider-Verse event and how she is adjusting to her new life.

Silk #1

Silk #1

WRITER: Robbie Thompson
ARTIST: Stacey Lee
COLORIST: Ian Herring
LETTERER: VC’s Travis Lanham
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
RELEASE DATE: February 18, 2014
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Way back when I reviewed Edge of the Spider-Verse #2 I mentioned that I appreciated the idea behind the series because it gave the writers a chance to play with new ideas that might not work as full pitched series. The entire Spider-Verse turned into a playground for writers to try new things with the Spider-Man mythology, much like Earth2 for DC writers or the Ultimates universe. Out of this story came two characters; Spider-Gwen or Gwen Stacey as Spider-Woman and Cindy Moon, AKA Silk, a young woman who has spent the last decade locked in a bunker and whose presence kicked off the Spider-Verse event. I didn’t know that much about Cindy, but I was worried when I saw her solo series because fans don’t always take to new characters well. I was very wrong.

The events of the Spider-Verse have subsided (read up on Marvel Wiki if you don’t know that much about it) and Cindy Moon has re-entered the world for the first time in ten years. Cindy has taken the name of “Silk” and is trying her hand at being a superhero. Unlike most new heroes Cindy has had a decade to understand and come to terms with her powers. What Cindy has learned is how to interact with other people. She has been in forced isolation for so long that she’s forgotten how the rest of the world works and her place in it. She’s also on a mission to find out about her past and the family she left behind when she was seventeen.

The thing I really like about Cindy is that while this is an origin story it’s coming about it from a different angle. Like I said Cindy has had her powers for ten years, and with no one else to keep her company she spent that time honing them and learning what she can and cannot do. The angle that most stories come from is watching a hero learn their powers, push their limits and finding their superhero identity. For Cindy it’s quite the opposite; Cindy is learning how to be Cindy in a big world that she doesn’t know that well. One of the best moments in the comic is when Cindy calls Peter Parker and asks how he deals with spider sense in a world that is so loud. Her senses are literally overwhelmed from the real world. It was a similar moment that we see in a lot of origin stories, but the different angle made it so much more powerful for me.

There is quite a bit of pressure falling on writer Robbie Thompson. While not a novice writer by any account, Thompson has done most of his work on television and mostly on Supernatural. He gave us Felicia Day’s “Charlie,” and has written some of the stronger episodes of the latter seasons of the cult classic show. Aside from a little work in the Spider-Verse series and some work in 2010, this is Thompson’s first comic. He does a great job with so little comic experience as he gives Cindy a very human voice, and even does a great job with Peter Parker in his few appearances in the book. If this issue is any indication of his skills in comics, comic fans might have to file for shared custody with Supernatural fans. Thompson isn’t the only new face in this series as artist Stacey Lee makes only her third series appearance with Silk. Marvel fans might recognize her beautiful art from New Warriors or Spider-Man and the X-Men, but for many this is going to be their first comic with Lee as it was for me. Lee’s simplistic but beautiful art, combined with veteran colorist Ian Herring of Ms. Marvel fame, creates one of the most beautiful comics I’ve seen since Ms. Marvel.

The team of Silk have a lot of pressure on them because not only are they helming a new series with a new character, but also introducing the first Asian woman in Marvel comics. This team might not have a well known character or a lot of notoriety under their belts, but if Silk #1 is any indication of what this team could produce then we’re in for a treat. Silk #1 has already gone to its second printing, so I absolutely recommend you check it out.

Silk #1
Silk #1 variant cover by Skottie Young from Marvel.com

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