Unleashing The Hero Within: Reviewing ‘Silk’ #5

by Scott Redmond


Another amazing volume of ‘Silk’ comes to a satisfying but bittersweet conclusion that is high on character and emotion with just enough action to satisfy the needs of a superhero comic book. Marvel needs to finally give Cindy Moon another long-term ongoing series, preferably with this creative team still on board, because the character is wonderful and deserves more than just once-a-year minis.


Big bold action and enormous status quo-shaking events are cool, but there is nothing that beats a good old-fashioned hero facing adversity, beating their villain, and learning something about themselves so that they can keep going type of story. There are few that do it better than this current, and prior, volume of Silk.

There won’t be a time in a review for a Silk series that I will not repeat that Cindy Moon needs an ongoing series because the character is awesome, and all of her recent series have been amazing. In a time where folks are missing classic feeling Spider-Man stories but also want something that fits the modern times, every single one of the recent Silk minis has fit that feeling perfect. There is great character work, action, drama, stakes, humor, a solid supporting cast, and a book that is not afraid to dive into emotions and the mental state that comes with being a hero in the Marvel Universe.

Emily Kim easily finds that balance between action and character, with a lot heavier emphasis on the character. There is a battle here between Silk and Manyeo that sees Cindy embracing her role as Silk and saving the day (and herself), but that is just a really great side dish to the main course. That main course the whole time has been Cindy’s trying to find herself in this world after being in a bunker for a decade and feeling that maybe heroics had become too much of her life. Kim does the character stuff perfectly and makes Cindy continue to feel like a deep fleshed out character surrounded by deeply fleshed out and varied supporting characters that make the whole thing richer.

I cannot wait to see what Kim has coming out next, as I’ve come to enjoy her writing very much, though I’m hoping more Silk is on the horizon because we need so much more of this.

What we also need more of is Takeshi Miyazawa and Ian Herring bringing Silk’s adventures to life. They perfectly balance that line of whimsical/fun and grounded that fits this type of character and story, with there being a lot of depth and fluidity to the artwork and a great bit of weight added by the bright but muted colors. Their version of New York and the characters within feel like they could just burst off the page at any moment, which is always a great thing to see.

Not only are they great at the overall images and the action, but all the emotional scenes are also nailed and have the right weight and power that we need from them.

Rounding off the team is the always fantastic lettering work of Ariana Maher who does all the great things to make dialogue and SFX pop. My favorite thing is the use of sentence case for dialogue which makes it feel real and normal, like an even tone of voice, leaving the bigger and smaller fonts to convey things like yelling or whispering. It makes the tone/volume changes clear and more like real life. Just like the SFX are very much connected to whatever they are the sound for, making them integral to the scene, which is another level of sort of realism that works.

Silk #5 is now available.

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