Silk is Cindy Moon, and after years spent in isolation, locked away and imprisoned, she is working to renew contact with her family, and build a life using her abilities to protect New York. Silk #1 offers:
- Artwork that uses effective colour and perspective.
- Silk starting an interesting story arc: combating isolation and the villain Dragon Claw
- Some continuity threads weighing down the current story
- Themes of isolation that bring out a statement: making small connections to combat a sense of isolation and disconnection.
Colour, Forced Perspective, and distinct posture add to the high standard of artwork. Silk’s battle against Dragon Claw is enhanced by these art choices. Her posture at work, and other moments in the art, separate her from the other characters.
There is excellent use of background lighting and colour in this comic to separate time and place. Flashbacks
are covered in grey colours. Aerial fights between Silk and Dragon Claw have Bright orange, yellow, and blue colour filling the backgrounds. Forced perspective set up in Silk’s battle with Dragon Claw early in the comic book is effective, separating certain actions from the rest of the battle movement.
There are several moments where Silk is shown as different, disconnected, or otherwise running on a separate
track to everyone else around her. In a flashback featuring her now lost family, Cindy Moon is highlighted in red, while the other characters where drab colours. At work, her colleagues all have very distinct posture – slightly hunched shoulders, head down, frowning expression – as they read information on tablets and smart phones. They do not look up to speak to each other. Cindy Moon looks up, and makes eye contact when she speaks.
Silk’s current story does have many significant ties back to Spider-man’s, which can make the Silk #1 confusing. Clear motivation, exploring isolation and attempting to be more social, appear strongly in this introduction. Spider-man’s advice is not particularly useful since he does not give Silk anything she can practice or try out to improver her situation.
Does it make sense that Silk would begin working for J. Jonah Jameson? It fits when she explains her family
has gone missing, and she needs Jameson’s media network to find her family. To understand Silk’s story, there are many threads that stem from Amazing Spider-man and Spider Verse needed to see Silk’s motivation clearly. Knowing or not knowing Silks back story either makes this comic clear – understanding the full impact of Spider-Verse – or confusing at times.
The comic does take a step toward giving Silk a clear shot at her own story. She returns to her bunker, and
begins searching for her family while reflecting on who made the bunker, what resources they used to keep her there, how it was done, and why.
Momentum for her own development begins here.
Previously, however, Silk had a normal life. From her point for view, “normal” was fighting with her parents, struggling with schoolwork, hanging out with her partner Hector, and playing hockey. Now after being locked away from the world, she’s fighting villains, and weaving new clothes out of silk threads she can fire from her fingertips. It makes sense she is handling the clashing experiences of silent bunker and loud New York with only small success.
Spiderman appears briefly. His advice on balancing strange spider sense powers with day to day life is not particularly useful: “give it time” is not anything that someone can work on or practice to improve on their difficult situation.
The isolation theme built up gives way to a statement: moving forward from isolation is about making small connections around you to combat the sense of being separated.
Isolation is the main problem that Silk fights against, however. Struggling with change and being social, she makes several key decisions to isolate herself from others.
It’s interesting that there are several Pokemon references, since it is a game about making connections through trading with other players worldwide (not just about collecting). Cindy makes several comments that the villain Dragon Claw sounds like a Pokemon (it’s an attack that Dragon Pokemon can learn). She also has the pink singing Pokemon Jigglypuff on her desk at work.
The theme of isolation builds up in the artwork, and in Cindy’s behaviour – running from her roommates, and from Spider-man. But she starts to put down new connections when she wins J Jonah Jameson’s trust with her analog, pen and paper approach to her work.
Her search for her family introduces an opportunity. A good step toward re-connecting after isolation and loss. That’s the statement made by the theme of isolation. Moving forward by building small connections around you to combat isolation.
Silk #1 is published by Marvel Comics ($3.99 USD). Robbie Thompson (W.) Stacey Lee (A.) Ian Herring (C.) VC’s Travis Lanham (L.). Cover artwork by Dave Johnson.