Review: SILK #2



Written by Robbie Thompson
Art by Tana Ford & Ian Herring
Published by Marvel Comics
Release Date: December 16, 2015

Criminal by night and crimefighter by—No, actually just a criminal.

Cindy is still trying to gain Black Cat’s trust as she helps her new crime boss and Killer Shrike steal some new tech. Her nocturnal adventures are taking a toll on her though, adding to the daily stress of working for J. Jonah Jameson. After a new development, and a new face comes on the scene, Cindy is left wondering how to find balance as a faux-villain while salvaging the rest of her life.

There’s a slow build, still working from the pages of Silk volume 1. Cindy is invested in getting Black Cat’s trust, but the dilemma of being a hero who’s acting as a villain but really still a hero is definitely getting to her. I like that we had more development on the Goblin Nation front, but I have a feeling that resolution is going to be the matter of a long haul.

Robbie Thompson’s writing is pretty solid. Cindy is trying to make sense of her new position at work, her brother’s time with the Goblin Nation, being Black Cat’s lackey, and struggling to find the truth about the world around her. Thompson writes a great worrying Cindy without minimizing her capabilities as a hero. I appreciate that, while Cindy faces challenges in balancing the many aspects of her life, Thompson continues to write her as competent and powerful.

Tana Ford won me over on the art, which grew on me as I read through Silk #2. Cindy is tired, worried, and nearly at wits end in this installment, and Ford’s style aligns with the internal tension our hero is experiencing. There’s one super cool panel where Cindy is walking around the sewer in all manners of ways and Ford portrays this scene excellently. Ford’s art capitalizes on emotion and movement, making for a powerful impact in this issue.

As always, I love Ian Herring’s colors. The hues are muted and subdued, which fits the underlying emotions Cindy has expressed in this series and its preceding volume. In one page, Herring breaks from the normal and has very vivid and warm colors, which I think are a nice touch. Herring is amazing at adding colors to comics that help convey emotion and tone, and that is not to be glossed over.

I don’t see myself putting down Silk any time soon and this issue was one more piece in Cindy Moon’s story. I think there are some great things in store and this story cannot be rushed. Cindy has the makings of a great hero and Spider, and I have high hopes for her future.

The Verdict: 8.0/10


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