This series never forgets that the best hero stories are full of character depth and emotion and heart alongside the wonderful action and the fantastic moments of humor. This fun and emotions seep into every single facet of the book especially in the wonderful art, coloring, and lettering found within. Silk should be a superstar character at Marvel, and this series is exhibit’s A-Z on why.
It still remains a crime that over the over six years that she’s been a character in the Marvel Universe, Cindy Moon, the web-slinging Silk, hasn’t gotten far more spotlight and opportunity for growth. She’s a truly fun character that just like Miles Morales provides a nice contrast to Peter Parker and how he goes about being a spider-themed hero. The current Silk series fully showcases just how dynamic and versatile the character is and can be.
Right off the bat, it’s truly refreshing that there are writers out there that are deeply diving into the fact that being a superhero is a tough wrecking job and aren’t shying away from characters seeking out therapists to deal with these matters. This is something seen from Guardians of the Galaxy with Nova/Richard Rider to Black Knight: Curse of the Ebony Blade with the Black Knight/Dane Whitman. Maurene Goo easily slips Cindy’s therapy sessions into the story both as a way for Cindy to cope and deal with stresses and get things off her chest (her usual therapist being in on her secret identity) but also fit the plot since her fill-in therapist has ties to the story antagonist.
Goo has a fantastic handle on all of the characters and can perfectly write the version of J. Jonah Jameson we’re all familiar with, prickly and out of touch with what year it is but supportive and willing to lay it all down for those he cares about. The supporting cast that is around Cindy in the form of her brother and Jonah and others at her job are really compelling and it’s easy to want to see more of and get to know more about them.
Genuine deep emotion is on display as Cindy deals with guilt and stress while trying to get to the bottom of this cat creature killing gangsters issue. There is also so much heart and the perfect mix of humor/quipping that one expects from Spider-character books. The exchange between Cindy and antagonist Saya Ishii is a funny but also very serious rapid-fire one, giving glimpses into both characters.
Takeshi Miyazawa’s style is just not only perfect for this book but just always perfect all around and so fun and detailed and fitting for superhero books. Every single close-up shot makes the emotions on display truly felt, even in the ones where all we can see are Cindy’s eyes over her mask. There is a split-second shot in the issue where the pain and grief are told all in the eyes before it fades and she’s back to full Silk mode to take down the demon cat being.
Ian Herring compliments Miyazawa’s art with a very mid-range sort of coloring choice. Things aren’t overly bright but they’re not fully muted either. There is a symphony where bits of each side of the coloring spectrum and everything in-between sort of dances across the pages. Shadows surround Silk in the aforementioned grief panel, but there are bright pops of purple behind her to make her stand out more at the moment.
One really great thing that is being seen a lot more lately is the shots of cities like New York or other places at night where different parts of the city appear to be different colors based on a number of reasons within the area. Rather than sometimes how a whole city can look more uniform in an illustration. There is nothing wrong with that more uniform look across the city, it adds an atmosphere of its own quite often. There is just something about the more varied look that brings this sort of real and lived-in sort of feeling.
Ariana Maher completes this team and keeps bringing her own dynamic type of fun with her really fantastic lettering work. It’s very clear why Maher is showing up on more and more of Marvel’s books, big and small. Her work transcends and can shift to be able to fit the art in this book then shift to fit in SWORD or Star Wars: The High Republic and more. It’s often hard for reviewers to really put into words what makes lettering good, but more often than not it is quite easy to know when it is good and adds a ton to the issue. That’s always the case with Maher.
Silk #3 is now on sale from Marvel Comics in print and digitally.