Silk is now working as J. Jonah Jameson’s personal bodyguard, which is a very strange job for a spider-person to have. Your Major Spoilers review of Silk #3 from Marvel Comics awaits!
Writer: Maurene Goo
Artist: Takeshi Miyazawa
Colorist: Ian Herring
Letterer: VC’s Ariana Maher
Editor: Nick Lowe
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 12, 2021
Previously in Silk: What is the connection between gangland murders, a cat demon, and a futuristic tech company? While Silk unravels the mystery, more people are getting hurt, and a perilous meeting with tech CEO Saya Ishii brings Silk one step closer to the truth!
Plus: A classic Spider-Man villain sets his sights on Silk!
CAT-DEMONS AND INFLUENCERS: WHO’S MORE DANGEROUS?
Cindy Moon opens Silk #3 in a session with her cute new therapist, but suddenly gets an emergency text that sends her out into the streets as Silk. She finds that the cat demon she’s been tracing has shown up and killed several people that she had meant to protect. Cindy takes to the skies once more, ending up at JJJ’s apartment, where she has dinner with Jonah (!) while trying to protect her secret identity. (It’s hard to eat with a mask.) The next day, she takes a meeting with Saya Ishii, a high-profile social influencer who also seems to have a truly nefarious agenda… and who knows who she is! As the issue comes to an end, she follows a lead to an abandoned high-rise where she finds the secret that Saya has been trying to hide: Her father, Silvermane!
WHAT’S WITH THE NEW LOWERCASE LETTERING AT MARVEL?
I have to say, Miyazawa’s art gives Silk’s adventures a really pleasant visual, making it seems like part and parcel of the existing Marvel Universe, but somehow more modern. There’s an almost rustic messiness to her linework that reminds me of Mike Mignola’s work, but her action sequences are more traditional (and pretty inventive). I’m a little bothered by the pacing of this issue, as a LOT happens back-to-back-to-back in a short space, but that might be something we can chalk up to the limited series nature of the book. The last page reveal of a classic Marvel Spider-villain seems like it won’t be a case of “setting his sights” on her, given that the story seems to imply they’ll be working together, but if i held every book to the promises in its solicitation copy, I’d never get anything done.
BOTTOM LINE: THIS IS PRETTY GOOD
In short, Silk #3 reminds me how much there is to miss in Cindy Moon’s whole vibe, and will hopefully lead to an ongoing series (with Takeshi Miyazawa art, if there’s any justice in the world), leaving this issue with an above-average 3 out of 5 stars overall. As nice as it is to see her (and Miles and jessica and Julia and the rest) in Spider-Man’s adventures, I think Silk deserves to have her own place in the Marvel Universe.
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Silk herself is pretty interesting, but the story is all over the place, and the last-page reveal feels like it over-promises. The art is quite lovely.