Silk has aged into a hero well past her prime, but she is the only one who can defeat the life-sucking wraith! Find out if she can find her energy in Silk #5 by Marvel Comics!
Writer: Emily Kim
Artist: Takeshi Miyazawa
Colorist: Ian Herring
Letterer: VC’s Ariana Maher
Editor: Lindsey Cohick
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 18th, 2022
Previously in Silk: Silk is going through an identity crisis! Who is she beyond the mask? On top of that, an ancient Korean witch is sucking the energy of high-profile individuals. Silk, unfortunately, got in her crosshairs and has turned her into Old Lady Silk! Now she is being driven to the museum by J. Jonah Jameson to confront the witch again if her old bones can make it!
ON DEATH’S DOOR
Silk #5 shows Old Lady Silk approaching the witch before she can bring Joseon Dynasty to New York. Silk tries her hardest but cannot put up much of a fight. She then has a new idea to keep the witch talking so she can sneakily web the amulet around her neck. When she breaks the necklace, her youth returns! Now at full strength, she can stop the witch and prevent a world-ending magic ritual.
Cindy then returns to her everyday life and realizes that it is okay to just be Silk. She can be happy being a great superhero. She sets up a new date with Ivan and returns to her Korean class.
I was disappointed that Silk is not an ongoing series! She is such an engaging character, and I thought we were setting up future character development story arcs. Instead, I thought Silk #5 was a little rushed. It seemed like it tried to wrap up all these elements in a tight little bow that could have used more time or at least another issue. Silk is a great character to represent Asian Americans, and I related to her struggles. And I just want more stories with this character.
The comic itself answered all the promises of the previous issues. It addressed Cindy’s feelings of being a failure, imposter syndrome, and beating the villain. And with that in mind, the comic was a great book. But the ending feels like it works better as a trade paperback than as a single issue. Perhaps this is because Emily Kim comes from a writing background, but Silk as a whole is a good story. The art and coloring in this story are also exceptionally well done, and I appreciate the character design of Old Lady Silk.
BOTTOM LINE: WORTH PICKING UP
I really enjoyed Silk #5, and I find myself upset that there isn’t another issue coming up. Hopefully, this creative team will reunite in the future. 4 out of 5 stars.
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Silk #5 provides a satisfying conclusion to a phenomenal series.