Released: December 8th 2015
Received: Marvel Unlimited
Issues: Silk 1-7
Silk has been one of those new spider characters that I don’t know much about. I know she exists in the same world as Peter Parker (unlike Spider-Gwen), and that she got her powers in a similar manner to him, but beyond that I couldn’t really tell you much about her. I do like her character design though, and was more than willing to learn a bit more out about her character. So here I am.
Silk (AKA Cindy Moon) was first introduced in Spider-Man’s comics, where she had been bitten by a radioactive spider (sound familiar?) and promptly locked away in a bunker for everybody’s ‘protection.’ Peter found her and released her from the bunker ten years later, only for her to emerge into a world she no longer recognizes. And that is more or less where our story begins.
Cindy Moon had spent the last ten years of her life utterly alone and locked away in a bunker. I don’t know about you, but to me that does not sound like a healthy way to grow up (and imagine being a teenager and getting locked away like that). It’s no wonder she has more issues than Peter Parker when it comes to settling into her own skin.
Despite the similar manner in which Cindy became infected, Cindy and Peter are very different people and different superheroes. They even have different abilities. Cindy’s webbing appears to be organic (where we know Peter’s obviously isn’t); she can also web her own clothing, as well as absorb it. I think that little change there was the hardest thing for me to adjust to if I’m being honest. It just seems so weird to me.
This may seem like a relatively minor thing, but I have to say that I love that Mr. Jameson made it into this Spider series as well. Cindy works for the Daily Bugle (in a sad attempt to try and find her missing family) which means she works for Jameson. Oddly enough Jameson has taken a liking to both Cindy and Silk (not that he has any idea that they’re the same person). Which is pretty hilarious, when you stop to think about it.
The creative team behind Silk has a good sense of humor about the whole thing. They let Cindy be naïve and silly at times (which makes sense, given her extended isolation). I love the running gag of “it’s right behind me, isn’t it?” and seriously hope they keep that in the series (can you imagine if that manages to last multiple volumes? That’d be hilarious). But the joke actually helps to conceal a very serious problem – that Silk is having trouble with her Spider-Sense. Which again, given her isolation makes sense.
There are plenty of cameos throughout Silk that help lend credibility to her character. Obviously Jameson is in it, and it’s no surprise that Spider-Man makes a couple of appearances as well. The Fantastic Four and Black Cat also get appearances, which was a bit more unexpected for me.
I’ll be curious to see where they go next with Silk. If I’m being honest I wasn’t really sure if I was going to like her character or series all that much, but she’s grown on me. I do wish I had read her introduction during Spider-Man. I may just have to dig that up so I can see the details for myself. In the meantime I’ll probably continue reading her series.