Out With The New, In With The Old: Reviewing ‘Silk’ #3

by Scott Redmond

Overview

‘Silk’ is a series that represents how combining slices of life and superhero action can make some of the best comics, allowing characters and a world to feel deeper and more realistic. An energetic and emotional series not afraid to dig into the intricacies of living life in our present-day world.

Overall
9/10
9/10

Growing older isn’t easy, as there are a lot of things and changes that come with the natural aging process. A lot of Marvel Universe social influencers and Cindy Moon are looking to learn that the very hard way.

It’s truly criminal that Silk is relegated to sporadic short-run titles or mini-series here or there and hasn’t gotten a full ongoing run in quite some time. Not only is she a fantastic character, but no matter who the writer is lately they have been nailing how to tell superhero stories that don’t feel the need to eschew all the things that make these stories even greater. Like solid supporting casts, an actual life for the character, dealing with real-world and relatable issues of varying sizes, and just how to have fun with these types of stories. Hands down the best books that Marvel is putting out these days are the ones where the creators are putting a spotlight on an equal balance of character/world development and superhero action.

Emily Kim keeps that great character development that began with the last few series (Cindy’s supporting cast including Jonah, her brother, therapy, etc.) while adding more wrinkles such as Cindy’s drive to figure out just who she is as Cindy Moon and not Silk. Diving into the realm of social media influencers and how the world is changing and how they are in essence very similar to leaders that gathered massive flocks of believers is such an interesting thread to pull at. Especially once you throw in the ancient Korean witch that uses that devotion power to suck the lifeforce out of others to replenish her own (and her youth).

Truly I could spend a whole long run just following Cindy dealing with juggling life, trying to find herself, and occasional superhero stuff. It’s really refreshing and light while also being very deep as it tackles issues that all of us, even the non-fictional superheroes, have to deal with regularly.

That mix of light/fun and darkness is evident within the artistic realm as well. Takeshi Miyazawa and Ian Herring are the perfect artistic duo for this book. Miyazawa has a very detailed, smooth, and energetic style that fits this character and her world, capturing emotions easily and perfectly. These are boosted by the shadowy muted bright colors that Herring brings to the pages, elevating everything and bringing the rest of the emotional tone that the book delivers so well.

There is never a question about how characters are feeling in the moment, what they are trying to accomplish, or what actions are happening because they make sure it’s all there on the pages for us to take in. Showing so that the dialogue doesn’t have to always tell us and can spend its attention elsewhere like filling us in on the things that aren’t visible by sight.

Every time I see Ariana Maher’s name on a book, it’s a great day because it means we’re getting something special with the lettering. It’s all the so-called ‘little things’ that she does that make it this way. There is a realistic sense of volume and tone in her work because of font size changes or styles that get across how a person actually would be talking at this moment. Using sentence case rather than all capitals helps with that too, because it relegates all caps type of lettering for things like yelling to give them greater emphasis.

Silk #3 is now available in print & digitally from Marvel Comics.

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