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Silk #1 (OF 5)
Writer: Maurene Goo
Artist: Takeshi Miyazawa
Colorist: Ian Herring
Letterer: VC's Ariana Maher
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: March 31, 2021
Cover Price: $3.99
WHO IS CINDY MOON (AKA - SILK)?
Cindy Moon made her cameo appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man #1 (April 2014), and her full debut was in The Amazing Spider-Man #4 (July 2014), as part of a tie-in to the "Original Sin" storyline created by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos. In that story, we learn Cindy was bit by the same spider that transformed Peter Parker into the Amazing Spider-Man. Like Peter, Cindy has superhuman strength, speed, agility, stamina, reflexes, endurance, long-range precognitive spider-sense, and the ability to cling to most surfaces. She, however, can create and shoot strong organic webbing from her fingers. However, she finds that she is unable to control her powers, so Ezekiel Sims approaches her family and offers to help Cindy. After six years of training to use her powers, Cindy is locked up inside a bunker (she may mention this ... several times) by Ezekiel to protect her and the other "Spiders" from the villain Morlun and his family called the Inheritors.
This mini-series is Cindy Moon/Silk's third solo title. First came a 2015 run of 7-issues with a Secret Wars tie-in. This was followed by a 2016-2017 run of 19 issues with a HOT #1 Marvel Hip-Hop Variant of Mos Def - The New Danger Homage cover. She was a member of the Spider-Army / Web-Warriors and, most recently, Agents of Atlas in the Atlantis Attacks and War of the Realms events.
**** SPOILER WARNING ****
Skip down to the SPECULATION section if you don't want to know what happens in Silk #1 (OF 5) VOL. 3
The creative team for this book begins with first-time comics writer Maurene Goo. Maurene is an American author best known for young adult fiction novels and shows an interesting balance between fun dialog and action. Takeshi Miyazawa's artwork perfectly fits with Silk's graceful and fluid movements within Ian Herring's gorgeous color palette. Ariana Maher's creative lettering rounds out the "SILK SQUAD" for this exciting mini-series.
The story opens with Silk breaking up a hilarious robbery with two inept criminals, Carl and the (aptly named) Karen. This opening scene is an excellent introduction to Silk with smooth and flowing action. Cindy's personal background is established with her brother Albert living at her apartment. Her professional background is described as an aspiring reporter with an upstart new media empire called Threats & Menaces under her old boss, J. Jonah Jameson. His interaction with Cindy is familiar, and there are a few "Don Draper-ish" types of comments from this more "hip" J Jonah. You see his more traditional side as he refers to Cindy as "Analog" while others in the office are more modern and embrace the digital landscape direction the media has moved.
One of the reporters takes pity on Cindy as she has been relegated to research and invites her to investigate a strange gang murder. When they get to the scene, it resembles more of a mass animal mauling than the gangland killing they were led to believe. Run off by the investigators, Cindy spends hours back at the office writing the article and inadvertently publishing it online. An awkward elevator ride with J Jonah ends with Cindy ready to head home when she observes two men scoping J Jonah as he heads down to the subway. The two men confront Jameson, telling him to back off the recently published gangland killing story, and J Jonah answers with expected belligerence. Before the men have a chance to act, Silk swings into action, making short work of the baddies and unknowingly (grossly) removing a cochlear implant. Back at her apartment, she finds that the implant is tech from the company Fujinet.
The issue closes with Saya Ishii, the new head of Fujinet, having tea with a sizable werewolf-type creature and getting a status report on its negotiations with the late Mulligan Gang.
The issue was a fun read, and I expect to see an effort to expand characters like Silk after the tremendous success with Miles Morales. Cindy Moon has already appeared in the MCU portrayed by Tiffany Espensen. First in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) as a classmate and decathlon team member of Peter Parker and in Avengers: Infinity War (2018). As for future speculation, there is talk of Sony Pictures developing both a live-action film based on Silk and appearing in the next animated Spider-man: Into the Spider-Verse movie. Cindy Moon/Silk was initially considered to appear in the 2018 animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, but the filmmakers chose to use Peni Parker instead.
Pictured above are some of the fantastic variants available for Silk #1, and I highly recommend you pre-order the SILK #2 1:25 ROSE BESCH variant as it is destined to be classic.
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