REVIEW: Thwip Up SILK #1 Today!
Wednesday is always an exciting day here at Marvel Blog because that’s when the new Marvel Comics arrive at our local comic shop… but this week, there’s an especially exciting issue: Silk #1 by Maurene Goo, Takeshi Miyazawa, Ian Herring, and Ariana Maher! This book is the first issue of a new series starring Cindy Moon, A.K.A. Silk, which means that it’s officially a book in the Spider-Man line… and it gives you everything you want out of a Spider-Man comic!
What? Without Peter Parker making even one on-panel appearance? It’s true, True Believers! Read on to find out how.
Enter the Spider-Verse
If you haven’t heard of Silk before, now is the perfect time to get acquainted, and Silk #1 is the perfect introduction. The recap page will catch you up on all of her superpowers, which are basically the same arachnid-themed powers as Parker (except her webs are organic, and shoot from her fingertips).
However, if you’d like to know more about the character before diving in, you can read her original appearance on Marvel Unlimited, or you can read a little more here at Marvel Blog in our previous coverage of the Silk series.
Even if you aren’t that familiar with the hero in Marvel Comics, you may have heard of the story arc that shortly followed Silk’s introduction: Enter the Spider-Verse.
While Moon was sadly absent from the screen when the animated adaptation of the Spider-Verse story arc was released in 2019, she was an integral part of the story in the panels of the Marvel Comics version (which, like her original appearance, is available on – you guessed it, Marvel Blog readers – Marvel Unlimited).
What Makes a Great Spider-Man comic?
There are a few things you expect when you pick up a Spider-Man comic: some amazing action, some laugh (or groan) out loud quips, and some intriguing antagonists. Silk #1 delivers all three of these, and the necessary final ingredient: a compelling character under the mask!
As a Korean American who lives with her younger brother, Albert, and regularly sees a mental health professional, Cindy is definitely a compelling character!
As for the action and quips, I was chuckling by the third page thanks to the fact that the debut issue immediately plunges Silk into action (and, as any good Spider-Person does, she immediately begins distracting her opponents with some very funny chatter).
Finally, while the “disposable villains” are engaging, the final pages introduce a very strange (and interesting) ongoing villain, unlike many of the opponents previously faced by Spider-Folks.
Still not convinced? Never fear, webhead: Silk #1 has an ace in the hole: J. Jonah Jameson! Cindy is working at the veteran newsman’s online blog, Threats & Menaces. A Spider-Person working for a blog… You’re really hitting us where we live here at Marvel Blog, Silk #1!
Swing Out for Silk #1
Silk #1 is available today on the shelves of your local comic shop! In addition to the main cover by Stonehouse (pictured above), there are also variant covers by Jeehyung Lee, Wooh Nayong, Skottie Young, Bengal, and Jen Bartel, which may (or may not) be available at your LCS. Many stores sell variants (sometimes at a markup from cover price because of their rarity), so half the fun is swinging by your local shops and seeing what they have in stock!
Did you get a copy of Silk #1? Let Marvel Blog know what you thought of the issue in the comment section!