An Ending And A Beginning: Reviewing ‘Silk’ #05

by Scott Redmond

Overview

Silk is a fantastically created series that has brought new life to the title character and catapulted her back to the heights she deserves to be soaring through. The character moments, the art, the colors, the letters, the overall conclusion, and growth from the beginning are spot on. This is a series that any fan of Silk or spider-themed characters or just good superhero books needs to pick up today.

Overall
9/10
9/10

After dropping a villainous origin story and establishing the stakes of the series major threat, Silk took a month break in July. The series has returned now with the final issue of this run where it neatly wraps up most of the dangling threads and plots while leaving just enough for future writers to pick up upon.

Cindy Moon/Silk has been swinging around the Marvel Universe since her introduction in 2015, and while she’s had quite a few ongoing series and guest spots in other Spider books, she hasn’t fully broken through as the character she could and should be. Under the writing of Maurene Goo, she feels the closest she’s ever been to that point and truly feels like a really established character and part of the Marvel Universe.

This series, and this issue, has really done a lot to not only set up a solid supporting cast and world for Cindy (pulling from aspects of her past books) but has really fleshed out her job and life and her style as a superhero. In many ways, despite her decade in a bunker cut off from the world, Cindy is a slightly more assured and focused Spider hero than Peter Parker (her partner in spider bites). A lot of that comes not only from her personality and who she has surrounded herself with but having her attending and thriving in therapy was a great move.

Even if her new therapist turned out to be the brother of her new semi nemesis Saya, who is also super complimentary of Cindy in many aspects, which threw her for a loop.

This issue moves to wrap up things pretty rapidly, but it still makes sure to give them the room they need. Teaming Saya and Cindy up works as they play off one another well, as does the correct choice to have Saya still be Saya at the end when she dispatches her cat demon ally, Kasha.

Takeshi Miyazawa and Ian Herring do what they do best once more. As with the past issues the amount of detail when it comes to both the quieter character moments with expressions and body language, as well as the heavier action moments, is great to see. There are a lot of really nice touches like the way Silk and Saya’s body language changes depending on the tense or less tense moments of their conversations or the smoke still drifting off Saya from her intense fight with Kasha from the last issue.

Herring pulls of making panels look legit nighttime dark without losing any of the details of the art, while then playing with a variety of realistic shadows as the book moves along. The colors are a more middle tone that straddles the line between the bright colors of many hero books and a more realistic tone palate.

Then there is the always fantastic lettering from Ariana Maher to cap it off. There is all the stuff around making sure that dialogue works in around the art that is pulled off, but it’s the other stuff even beyond that which elevates everything.

There are the pages with Silk having text conversations with other heroes. It would be simple to just reuse the same style and coloring for these text boxes for each character. That’s not the case though. While Silk’s boxes are similar, the replies from Spider-Man and Mockingbird have different styles to the box and slight text differences alongside being colored differently, which is such a nice little touch.

Of course, the varied colorful big SFX that dot the action pages are always just a nice touch. Not only do they provide the usual ‘sound’ or ‘feeling’ of what is happening on the page, but they add a touch of superhero-type fun to the books.

This is the end of this version of a Silk book, but the back pages promise that more is coming with Cindy Moon in the future. That’s great to hear but I will truly miss this creative team and the work they’ve done to bring Cindy Moon back to the forefront.

Silk #5 is now on sale in print and digitally from Marvel Comics.

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