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Review – Silk #1 (Marvel Comics)

Silk #1 (Marvel Comics) main cover (detail) by Stonehouse
  • Writing - 8/10
    8/10
  • Art - 9/10
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  • Overall - 8.5/10
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Silk #1

Writer: Maurene Goo
Artist: Takeshi Miyazawa
Colorist: Ian Herring
Letterer: VC’s Ariana Maher
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Released: March 31, 2021
Maturity Rating: T

Silk #1 starts her newest series off strong, with lots of action, drama, and comedy. Don’t forget a murder, and maybe some work/life balance issues.

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Analog Meets Silk in Silk #1

Silk #1 is about to bring Cindy Moon back into the limelight! That’s right, she’s getting her own series (again), and I, for one, could not be more excited about that fact. In truth, fans of hers all over are stoked about this news.

Silk #1 (Marvel Comics) variant cover by Jee-Hyung Lee
Silk #1 (Marvel Comics) variant cover by Jee-Hyung Lee

Last we saw, Cindy Moon had landed a job at Threats & Menaces – with J. Jonah Jameson as her boss. Yes, that one. That’s her day job, but at night she’s still doing her thing as a superhero, donning her mantle of Silk.

Every hero who has tried to keep their identity a secret has faced trials in doing so. The whole work/life balance thing gets a bit more difficult when you’re essentially juggling two jobs. One of which is literally life or death. Now it looks like it’s time to see how Cindy Moon manages that balance.

Writing

If you’re a fan of Cindy Moon and the chaos that tends to follow her around, then you’re going to love Silk #1. Written by Maurene Goo, the series is already turning out to be a huge blast to read, especially if you like your Cindy Moon with a hint of Spider-Man dilemma.

Jonah Jameson has long been a problematic character for people like, well, Spider-Man. That relationship can get a bit on-again/off-again at times (as comic readers well know), but it’s interesting to see how he regards Cindy. Both her mild-mannered persona (aka “Analog”) and her heroic side (Silk, duh).

That isn’t the only thing that will feel familiar in this issue, but I won’t go ruining it all. Don’t worry. This issue did do an excellent job of raising questions surrounding how superheroes support themselves financially. Well, heroes that don’t run a company called Heroes For Hire, that is.

Overall, this was a high-intensity first issue to Silk’s latest series. It had a lot going on but never hit that overwhelming point. It did a great job of drawing readers in, and will likely throw many more surprises our way soon.

Art

The artwork in Silk #1 creates a feast for the eyes, so to speak. With all that action going on, it’s easy to stay invested in the story. Even scenes that should be dull (Cindy’s time in Threats & Menaces) is anything but.

Takeshi Miyazawa (art), Ian Herring (colors), and VC’s Ariana Maher (letters) really had a lot of fun illustrating this issue – you can tell. Silk’s action, reactions, and combat are all spectacular, as always. Her expressions somehow clear even when half of her face is covered.

Meanwhile, Cindy’s work-life (uh, other work-life) is illustrated in a way that feels very familiar to some. It’s a modern view of a newspaper agency, with lots of details thrown in to seal the look. Details including unnamed characters, sassy faces, and technology-enabled storytelling notes.

In short, while a lot is going on in Cindy’s life, it is not too much for the artists. Or the fans, for that matter. This issue is vibrant and fun, with a hint of danger. Much like Cindy Moon herself.

Conclusion

Silk #1 is the perfect first issue to kick off Cindy Moon’s story once again. It’s fantastic to see her back. There are already several plot points running beneath the surface of her series, and I for one, am looking forward to seeing how it all gets resolved.


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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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