Review: SILK #4

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SILK #4
Written by Robbie Thompson
Art by Annapaola Martello
Published by Marvel Comics
Release Date: May 13, 2015

One of Marvel’s most charming new titles has been Silk and while issue #4 does suffer from not featuring Stacey Lee on artwork, it’s still a nice read featuring a solid take on both some classic and brand new characters.

The further we get into this series, the more obvious it is that Robbie Thompson’s goal is definitely not to create a second Spider-Man, but with a female lead. Cindy is very much her own character and while there are similarities to Spider-Man in her power set and occupation, they are used to highlight the differences in the characters as much as anything. Cindy’s fiery personality is a nice contrast to Peter’s, and the best part about Silk so far is the ability to go deeper into the mind of Cindy Moon. Thompson goes past the rough exterior and digs into what is causing her anxiety in this issue, and he does it in an interesting way through a visit with the Fantastic Four.

He captures the essence of The Four well, and their dynamic is just fun in this comic. Johnny Storm keeps Cindy on her toes, and, as per usual, acts as a great foil for Peter. Cindy’s chemistry with Johnny highlights the differences between this Spider-duo even better, as the rivalry that has existed between Peter and Johnny for decades is not a factor in Johnny and Cindy’s relationship at all. Silk is getting stronger with each issue and I like the pace at which Thompson is letting this story unfold. The slow burn storylines are enough to keep all the fun aspects of the single issues driving forward, and Black Cat is proving to be quite the threat for anyone who slings webs in their spare time. She’s as solid a villain for Silk as she is for Spidey, and drops an ominous line to end this issue.

Annapaola Martello handles the visuals for Silk #4, and while her artwork is not bad, it does lack some of the charm of Stacey Lee’s style. Some of the cartoonish elements are missing in this issue, and there is some awkward body language at points. That said, Martello nails the quiet moments between Cindy and Johnny and the tension Cindy has with Peter for bringing her to Reed Richards. The tone of this issue falls right in line with Lee’s work, but what surprised me is how quickly I had grown fond of Lee’s pencils and take on Silk. The unique take on motion that Lee has is missing here and while Martello’s art certainly told the story, I will be happy to see Lee return to the title.

Silk #4 is another enjoyable chapter in what has been a very strong first arc for one of Marvel’s newest teen-ish heroes. Anyone who has been enjoying Ms. Marvel should be giving this comic a shot and issue #4, while arguably maybe not in the league of the first three issues as far as visuals are concerned, is by no means disappointing. Robbie Thompson has a good handle on this charming web slinger and you can’t go wrong trying out Silk #4.

The Verdict: 8.0/10

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