Enter Old Lady Silk: Reviewing ‘Silk’ #4

by Scott Redmond

Overview

‘Silk’ is a series that is full of very old-school energy in the sense that it takes time to build the life and world of its character alongside all of the superhero action moments. There needs to be an ongoing series right now for Cindy Moon, it’s long past due, as she’s among the best of the newer generation of Marvel Comics characters.

Overall
9/10
9/10

Getting old isn’t easy, especially when said old age is magically placed upon a person thanks to an ancient Korean witch. An old soul gets a body that matches in the latest issue of Silk.

It’s worth repeating every single month that Cindy Moon needs an ongoing series at this point because the past few limited series have been spectacular. They have captured the spirit of a Spider-Man book even better than the actual Spider-Man starring books while mixing in their own flavor.

Great action, personal drama/stakes, great very present supporting cast, and a heavy focus on character moments and development. At a certain point in the 2000s books took on more of a blockbuster action sensibility (nothing wrong with that in many regards) over character per se, so it’s wonderful to see a new generation of books/creators really pushing to reach that balance of character and action again.

Emily Kim is one of those creators, as she very much infuses this book from the writing side with such a great perspective and energy. We see a Cindy that tries to juggle her civilian and superhero lives while also trying to just understand this world after spending her youth in a bunker. It shows that it’s very easy to do the put upon/trying to make life work hero story without reverting to making them the sad sack of the universe (looking at you Peter Parker).

Cindy is a very relatable character, even leaving the fantastical elements aside, for these very reasons as most of us have been there trying to fit in at work, make dating work in this wacky world, trying to deal with our traumas, and just navigating a world that is constantly changing. This is a character whose stories and perspective we need to see lots more of, and it’s beyond time for Marvel to take the plunge and give her the spotlight she’s deserved since her debut in 2014.

Takeshi Miyazawa and Ian Herring bring a lot of that same energy artistically as they mix through the realms of whimsical and grounded at the same time. There is great depth and weight and fluidity of motion within the artwork, the facial expressions/emotion work is top-notch, while there is also a bit of fun that is shown in the overall style. Herring’s colors match this as they showcase a variety of brighter colors but also are toned down almost muted in many ways to give us that sort of “the world around us” tone.

As noted, character moments are huge in this series which means a lot of emotions, and Miyazawa nails those emotional moments so well as the facial expressions are on point and convey everything the character and we should be feeling. This issue is huge on these moments, with not as much action (since Silk is now quite old) and the weight of these emotions is definitely felt.

This great creative team is rounded off with Ariana Maher on letters which is always a fantastic thing. Maher does all the things that many would consider the ‘small things’ to make dialogue just flow and work. One of the best of those things is the use of sentence case for most dialogue and captions, which makes it all feel like a normal standard tone and that makes the whisper or yelling, or other volume change moments stand out far more. It all feels super realistic to how we convey words and tones in everyday life.

It’s really sad to think that there is only one more issue left in this story. Marvel truly, there needs to be more. Cindy Moon deserves an ongoing title right now.

Marvel Comics’ Silk #4 is now available.

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