By Ryan McCulley
It is a great time to be a Spider-Man fan! Superior Spider-Man (a book that I maintain was neither superior nor Spider-Man, but that is a whole rant unto itself) gave Peter a whole new life, complete with a shiny new PHD, and international company. So, new power: new responsibility, and a whole new set of challenges for the perpetually underachieving Parker. Spider-Verse gave us Spider-Gwen, Silk, and Web Warriors. Most recently, Secret Wars brought Miles Morales into the 616. Seriously, I don’t think that I have ever seen this many quality Spider-Titles on shelves at one time.
I want to talk about Silk a little bit. This is an absolutely fantastic title! It has elements of a person out of their time story, a coming of age story, and search for family story. Cindy Moon was bitten by the same spider that gave Peter his powers, but instead of being a jerk and getting a family member killed, she gets ten years of quality alone time locked in a bunker. Her release from said bunker triggers a purge of spider-powered people across the multiverse (and Pete is still whining about poor old Uncle Ben). Life outside the bunker is no walk in the park, but Silk quickly distinguishes herself by being more powerful than Spidey (and sometimes a bit more reckless as well). After Spider-Verse, Cindy lands a job at the Fact Channel, under my all-time favorite nightmare boss, J. Jonah Jameson. From here, things echo early Spider-Man days, but there is a twist. Instead of being vilified by the curmudgeonly JJJ, Silk is hailed as a hero, and as Cindy Moon, she is Jameson’s favorite intern. Now, Silk is infiltrating the Black Cat’s gang for S.H.I.E.L.D., with Mockingbird as her handler. I look forward to this book more every month, and Silk is quickly becoming one of my favorite heroes.
There is one thing that bothers me about this book, though, and that is that it seems like Peter Parker shows up every could of issues for no other reason than to lend legitimacy to the title. Cindy doesn’t need an appearance by Spider-Man to make her a “real” hero, or to make her book worth reading. If Spider-Man does show up, I’d like it to be because he needs Silk’s help. The title of the book is “Silk,” after all. I’d also like to see a story where Peter has to learn from Cindy how to take his powers up a notch or two. Cindy is stronger, faster, and her spider sense is much more sensitive. Other than that, Spidey should stay out of Silk’s book. I mean, it isn’t like he doesn’t have plenty of other stuff to do.
Silk will be part of the upcoming Spider-Women event, and I can’t wait! Jessica Drew (Spider-Woman) is mentor to both Spider-Gwen and Silk, and in the course of guiding these young heroines, multidimensional mayhem ensues. If you are reading Silk, come by the shop and tell me what you think of it!