Silk #5 by Maurene Goo

Silk #5 (of 5)Silk #5 by Maurene Goo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This great miniseries reaches an all too early end this issue.

I say this because, as good as it is, this series really needed to be six issues, not four. The confrontation with the final “boss,” for want of a better word, feels so ruched that I’m honestly not sure how Silk defeated it (in fact, I just went back to check if I missed something, I didn’t…the big cat demon thing just disappears off panel when Saya makes Kasha’s head explode). Despite this, though, this is still an excellent book and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this series.

Where this really shines is in the small character moments, and the moments shared between characters, particular the subtle flirtations between Cindy and Saya. I also really like the art. It’s not the typical flashy, over rendered, Marvel style people are used to. But the storytelling is solid and it’s a lot of fun.

If you haven’t caught this series then I’d definitely recommend checking out the trade.

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Silk #4 (of 5) by Maurene Goo

Silk #4 (of 5) (Silk (2021))Silk #4 (of 5) (Silk by Maurene Goo
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It’s exposition ahoy as we find out that Silvermane is Saya’s father and he spends the entire issue filling Cindy in on her backstory.

Which is a shame, because this series has otherwise been great.

But there’s just too much exposition in this issue and not enough Silk. This massive infodump could have been spread throughout the series rather than just delivered in on go.

Hopefully it’ll pick back up again in the next issue.

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Silk (2021) #3 by Maurene Goo

Silk (2021) #3 (of 5)Silk (2021) #3 by Maurene Goo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This issue gets extra marks for having such a good cover. Really excellent work.

I am very much enjoying this series. I have some small gripes, like as much as I like Miyazawa’s art I’d like to see someone else ink it, and I’d also like to see this book coloured by someone else. And I have numerous complaints about the lettering, but then I usually do in any comic I read. But none of that detracts from how engagingly written Cindy Moon is and how much I’m generally enjoying the story.

This is a solid book, and my only real complaint is that it’s only a five issue series.

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Silk (2021) #2 by Maurene Goo

Silk (2021) #2 (of 5)Silk (2021) #2 by Maurene Goo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A solid second issue.

I think the fact that Cindy Moon is such a compelling character is what’s carrying this for me, because the giant cat god monster is…uh…odd…

The subplot with the new therapist who’s actually a plant was a little obvious, but it was also kinda cute, so I’ll let it pass.

This feels like I’m being overly negative, but I really enjoyed this…because Cindy is great and Maurene Goo writes her really well.

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Silk (2021) #1 by Maurene Goo

Silk (2021) #1 (of 5)Silk (2021) #1 by Maurene Goo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Finally getting around to cracking this open and I took one look at the art and thought, “Oh, am I going to like this?”

Well…funny thing…it turns out I did, and I liked it a lot. I’ve liked Cindy Moon, aka Silk, for a long time, so much so that a while back I felt compelled to track down her first appearance (and considering how much it’s selling for now, I’m very glad I did). As this new series begins Cindy is starting a new job as a journalist working for J Jonah Jameson’s digital news platform. JJJ has taken a liking to her because she’s more “analog” than digital, due to her having spent ten years living in a bunker (it was a whole thing). Oh, in case you didn’t know, Cindy was bitten by the same radioactive spider that bit Peter Parker and also gained spider powers…but then got shut up in a bunker for a decade (as I said, it was a whole thing).

The art is reminiscent of Aja’s work on Hawkeye, very expressive, very “graphic”…for want of a better word. The writing is witty and sharp and makes you instantly warm to Cindy and her supporting cast.

I can tell I’m going to enjoy this mini series a lot.

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