Silk #1

Silk #1

Writer: Robbie Thompson Artist: Stacey Lee Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: March 25, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 34 User Reviews: 21
7.8Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

Cindy Moon exploded out of her bunker and into the Marvel Universe when we first learned that she had been bitten by that same radioactive spider in the first arc of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. She then went on to save Peter Parker's life (more than once!) and traverse the Spider-verse alongside Spider-Woman. Now, as SILK, Cindy is on her own in New York City, searching for her past, defining her own future, and webbing up wrong-doers along the way! Robbie Thompson (writer from TV's Supernatural) fills this new ongoing series with his unique blend of antics and feels. Featuring stunning covers by Eisner Award winner Dave Johnson and interiors by future superstar Stacey Lee.

  • 10
    Newsarama - Draven Katayama (loudlysilent) Feb 19, 2015

    Cindy Moon's new series shares superficial traits with Batgirl - transitional life stage, eidetic memory - but trumps with how deeply the reader gets into Cindy's head and understands her uncertainties. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Refueled - superiorchris Feb 20, 2015

    Cindy is one of the newest character to join the expanding Marvel universe. It expands on many level with the increase in racially diverse characters such as Kamela Khan and Miles Morales,and more leading women such as Thor and Angela. Cindy is a great addition to this group and the creative team came out with a strong debut. If you are looking for a fun and personal experience, then this is your book. Great things are coming from this series! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Edward Wendt Feb 18, 2015

    The overall balance is one which is great first start to this new series, something which Spider-Woman should have had the chance to do instead of being thrown straight into Spider-Verse. The character has a surprising amount of depth despite being new, and the ongoing story lines are compelling but do not confuse each other with their trajectories. This is a great new character from the big two, which all too often are a bit too male-centric in their creative choices, and if this new wave of female led series is any indication, then it would appear that this is no fad, and that these new outlooks on these characters is here to stay. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Booked - Magen Cubed Feb 22, 2015

    Lees artwork is a breath of fresh air. The narrative pace is brisk, with intuitive panel transitions that engage Cindys emotional arc rather than depicted action. Action sequences are artful and well-executed, emphasized by the dynamism in the lines extending from Cindys hair and webs. Cindys hair also plays a strong role in the visual storytelling; it serves an extension of herself that remains free whenever shes in costume, but must be put up in a when shes at work. Her hair is even in a bun when shes arguing with her parents in the flashbacks, but down when shes with her boyfriend, signifying the transition between her identities and how her hair figures into the various roles that she plays. Colorist Herring does a beautiful job as well, alternating between the bold purples and reds of action sequences and the soft blues and greens that define the other spaces of Cindys life. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Mark Brassington Feb 23, 2015

    Silk #1 has made a really good start, previous stories in ASM were covered off well. The book has made good use of the supporting characters from the main book without relying on them whilst also introducing some mystery elements that I look forward to seeing played out with fantastic artwork. You'd be a fool to miss out this book. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - King Mar 28, 2015

    Filled with heart, incredible interior art by Stacey Lee (the cover art is VERY misleading), and bomb-ass Pokmon references, Silk #1 has made me reevaluate my stance not only on Marvel's newest "spinnerette", but also on the state of play regarding modernized tropes for female superheroes; maybe things don't need to be as in your face as Bitch Planet to create a strong narrative for a heroine male and female comic readers will want to support. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Moargeek - Anthony Deaver Mar 3, 2015

    It's another good start to another Spider book. It does however bring up the concern of saturation. I'd hate to lose a good story because there are so many Spider titles to keep track of. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    IGN - Tres Dean Feb 19, 2015

    Silk #1 might slip under your radar this week. Don't let it. This book is entirely deserving of a wide audience. Help give it one. Read Full Review

  • 8.4 - Chase Magnett Feb 25, 2015

    The flaws in Silk #1 are minor though and never dominate the reading experience. They are background noise getting filtered through the energy and momentum created by Thompson and Lee. The care and love they put into Silk #1 along with everyone else on the creative team creates a comic that is propulsive, fun, and really damn good looking. Silk is a fresh, invigorating take on the Spider-Man mythos and I cannot wait to see where she goes next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Corey 'Undeadpool' Schroeder Feb 18, 2015

    This is a strong introduction to a new character, and while she may be based on a pre-existing one, at the very least that gives her a foundation for fans to already know about, and be intrigued by, her, which will hopefully lead to this book taking off. The creative team is new, but theyre incredibly strong, and it seems unlikely that anyone picking this issue up to peruse it would be able to put it back down. Its got its flaws, but those seem to mostly be giving the readers too much all at once, which is easy enough to correct. This is a solid debut for an intriguing character. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Feb 18, 2015

    But even without a rock-solid high concept, Silk does have a strong hook - the art. Stacey Lee is a great find for Marvel, and they'd be foolish to let her go. With her cartoony characters that show so much emotion, Lee elevates Thompson's script, making his bursts of characterization really crackle with energy. That alone makes Silk a book worth keeping an eye on - she may be finding her feet in the superhero world, but I have the feeling she'll be swinging with the A-listers soon enough. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Feb 19, 2015

    After the multiversal madness of Spider-Verse, SILK is a return to a simpler style of Spider-story, one that involves great power, great responsibility and a whole lot of fun. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Feb 19, 2015

    “Silk” #1 is a little all over the place but is a very strong debut for a creative team that might just have the next big thing on their hand. Cindy Moon is likable and relatable and in this issue we get just enough to make her stand out from the rest of the “Spider-Man” family. All the attention has been on Spider-Gwen but Silk deserves a lot more attention than she's getting. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Kevin Finnigan Feb 20, 2015

    A surprisingly great comic that exceeded my expectations Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Lance Paul Feb 24, 2015

    Part coming of age and part indie action, Silk is off to a great start. Thanks no doubt to the superb pencils and colors courtesy of Stacey Lee and Ian Herring. For the past couple of years Marvel has been taking a page out of indie books and hiring talent that goes against the spandex in a cape and tight kinda world. Lee is just another example of that with her soft pencils and almost European Manga style. The traveling Nerd says keep an eye on this one! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Ian Stephen Feb 19, 2015

    New characters sometimes have a hard time fitting into either the DC or Marvel universe, let alone being able to carry their own solo title. However, Silk is able to pull it off by delivering a really fun first issue that is suitable for a diverse audience. Anyone can pick up Silk and enjoy it without feeling bogged down with continuity. This was a wonderful way to introduce both Silk and Cindy Moon to readers and we are glad to have her here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBuzz - ChrisG Feb 25, 2015

    Silk is set up as a parallel in a lot of ways to Spider-Man and it will be very interesting to see how much the spider bite has made them different as well as the same. Overall a strong first issue with a good artistic team in place. Looking forward to seeing how it develops. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Feb 27, 2015

    Rating: 4/5 " Silk's Civilian Identity is Stronger than the ComicSpectrum senior reviewer Shawn Hoklas. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Sep 28, 2015

    Cindy Moon is a really respectable character and has a certain element of innocence to her. Silk has a really strong personality, and it definitely shows. Cindy has become one of my favorite Spider-characters, and I don't think that'll change any time soon. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    The Latest Pull - Marcus Orchard Feb 20, 2015

    "Silk #1" does well at setting the tone of the series, and as a whole it's a very enjoyable issue. While the story is somewhat weak, the art really helps to set this book apart. This is a good debut and before long, Silk could possibly stand on her own as a significant character in the Marvel U. Anyone looking for a fun series should check this one out. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Word Of The Nerd - Sean Ian Mills Feb 23, 2015

    I hope Silk works for Marvel. She doesn't have the name recognition of Batgirl or Spider-Woman (and I really do hate the name ‘Silk'), but she's part of a new wave in the comics industry to feature more women. I am definitely in favor of that change, and I think Silk could have a place in it. She's got a solid creative team behind her, they just need to embrace what her comic could be and really show us what they can do. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Coming Up Comics - David Melton Feb 18, 2015

    While this story is lighter in tone at the moment, it looks as though it could head down some dark paths sooner than later. It will be interesting to see where these creators take Silk as it could go in any possible direction right now. For a first issue, it's good. Got me rooting for the main character, made the villain's story interesting as well (that appears to be a pretty dark story), and didn't overburden the dialogue by trying to be too funny all the time. Let's see if Silk becomes a long-lived character at Marvel. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Feb 22, 2015

    Sets our character's new status quo, shows us her character and has some really lovely art, which equals successful number one issue for me. Read Full Review

  • 7.1
    Multiversity Comics - Alice W. Castle Feb 19, 2015

    Overall, this was a pretty solid first issue. The lack of actual Silk action is a major bummer as we really only see Cindy suit up a couple times in the issue and it's over way too soon, but it seems that Stacey Lee is much more comfortable drawing the out of costume sequences than action scenes, anyway. Hopefully, the series will ramp up the action in coming issues, but for now this issue worked thanks to Robbie Thompson and Stacey Lee focusing their energy on creating a connection between Silk and the reader. While the last page hook wasn't quite as grabbing as perhaps it needed to be, the establishment of Cindy's quest to find her family and create a normal life for herself means that you want to keep reading in order to see her complete that as opposed to because some shocking character showed up on the last page. It's almost like good characterisation trumps cheap tricks, huh? Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Feb 18, 2015

    A good first issue that adequately sets things up but doesn't offer anything you haven't seen before. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Superior Spider-Talk - Tony Goodwyn Feb 18, 2015

    Written from a more personal viewpoint and delving into Cindy's character, Silk #1 shows readers what the character has the potential to be. Distinctive artwork and telling glimpses into her past give a much more compelling look at Silk than readers have yet gotten, making for a promising new lease on life for her. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comix I Read - Boris Roberto Aguilar Feb 19, 2015

    I really enjoyed this book. It is not fair to compare this to a Spider-Man book but it's hard not too when it uses the same formula as an older Spider-Man comic. We do see some unique elements in SILK #1 and I believe that Robbie Thompson does a great job of building a foundation that will make Cindy Moon and Silk a new and unique character in the Spider-Verse. The highlight of this issue was the art. Stacy Lee does a fantastic job of making SILK #1 pop. The anime style of her line work was very well done.Ian Herring's colours really makes the comic book vibrant, bright, and cheerful. This book is fun. Yes, I used the infamous three letter word that so many comic fans hate to use. While SILK #1 is not perfect, the creative team does a fantastic job of starting something new. This team is a team to watch out for. I sense great things for this series as long as they get to write new, unique SILK stories and not just make it another Peter Parker book. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Feb 20, 2015

    "Silk" #1 has strong humor and unusually fine attention to psychological realism. If Thompson and Lee can step it up with the character development in future issues, "Silk" will be a winner. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    PopMatters - Jack Fisher Feb 23, 2015

    Cindy Moon is definitely one of those characters who could have her own legion of cos-players at some point. She hasn't achieved that status just yet, but she's on her way to earning it. If she can tolerate working for J. Jonah Jameson, then she's capable of standing with the rest of Marvel's growing pantheon of powerful female heroes. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - John A. Feb 18, 2015

    Stacey Lee's art is rendered in a nice, big eyed cartoon style, and it fits the bill for this book well, The Spider books generally are not of the darker variety, so a softer art style works well here, where it may not work on a title like The Punisher. Writer Robbie Thompson is a veteran screenwriter for the CW show Supernatural, and shows a natural sense of storytelling rhythm in his use of flashbacks framed by the current events. The tone emulates Dan Slott's work on the main Spidey title well enough that it fits easily in with that book without feeling unoriginal. The best compliment I can give Silk #1 is that it left me wanting to read #2. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comicosity - J.A. Micheline Feb 18, 2015

    While Silk #1 wasnt a winner for me, Im still very much looking forward to #2. The artistic team is hitting all the right notes and weve definitely got the makings of a great character on our hands. If shes finally given the opportunity to show what makes her special, we could have a great book on our hands too. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Feb 21, 2015

    Silk is a good read. Those that are picking up the Spidey books will pick this up and feel right at home. Newer readers will probably find that the comic struggles to find something original to say about a character that is so similar to Peter Parker. Some readers might find the lead character charming as well as appealing because she is something new, which definitely provides an open book that you won't get with many of the other characters. Silk is an entertaining read and there is something to be said for that. I recommend giving this comic a look. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Danny Wall Feb 22, 2015

    The clean, bold artwork is a strong selling point, and the book overall makes a fairly good showing for a character (and a comicbook) that has to establish herself (itself) as something both familiar and unique. With so much of the first issue all about the establishment/expository set-up, though, there's a lot that defaults to some frankly average stuff that can only be explored later. It's a comic that hits the notes it needs to hit, so I'll give it a slightly-above-average grade, but I'm not convinced that Silk is someone who I want to follow in the first place. I might pick up issue #2 and see if the direction continues its upward momentum. Sidebar: -- Let's do take a moment to applaud a new milestone: a headlining solo hero who's Asian, female, and not Japanese nor a martial artist. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Nerds Unchained - Nate Tieman Feb 22, 2015

    Silk has loads of potential, if Robbie Thompson can move beyond the surface issues of the character and really delve into what the world would be like with a psychologically scarred hero of Spider-Mans caliber. For now, though, Silk is about a damsel-in-distress Spider-Man wannabe, and thats a huge disservice and a step back for the growing roster of female icons in the Marvel Universe. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Supes' soups Feb 19, 2015

    Silk is not a game-changer by any stretch of the imagination. In fact if it wasn't for Spider-Verse and Spider-Man, her character would have trouble standing on her own two feet. Gwen Stacy has had a cult following since before I was born so it's obvious Spider-Gwen is easily gonna overpower Silk in terms of sales. But kudos to the business execs who are trying to squeeze every last penny out of the manufactured Spider-Verse event. The writing is generic but I did enjoy some of the flashbacks prior to Cindy being condemned to her bunker. The Dragonclaw villain is as ridiculous as they come and the Pokemon reference jokes were plain worn out by the end. Stacey Lee's art reminds me of Babs Tarr and it's similar with the cartoony feel that you either love or hate. Between Silk, Spider-Gwen, and the new direction for Spider-Woman, I just don't know how much my wallet wants to handle. I wanted to enjoy Silk enough to make me want to stay on this book but unfortunately that didn't happen. Marvel has pumped out a plethora of female lead books including Thor, Squirrel Girl, Angela Asgard's Assassin, Silk, Spider-Woman, upcoming Spider-Gwen and even Princess Leia (well for about 6 issues) to add to Storm, Ms. Marvel, Elektra, Captain Marvel, and Black Widow. Most of those books are good but unfortunately Silk is not in the top 5 of the titles I mentioned.

  • 9.0
    jtefft Feb 19, 2015

    This was a very well written and drawn intro issue. The setup for the series was nice. I like that Cindy and Peter had opportunities to interact and that we got to see a bit of Cindy's back story. I find myself looking forward to seeing how the events of her past unfold further in future issues. I'm glad I subscribed early to this series.

  • 9.0
    Henry Killinger Feb 26, 2015

    As a newbie to the spider-verse I enjoyed this.

  • 9.0
    The Villain Oct 5, 2016

    Good book that gets readers up to date with Silk's backstory if you didn't follow Spider-Verse or the events that led up to it. It also establishes what Cindy Moon wants to do with her life now that she has been freed. Spider-Man appears and their chemistry is solid once again. The villain isn't really memorable but for this issue it didn't really matter.

  • 8.0
    Slayer666 Feb 24, 2015

    Its actually better than I expected. I thought it was just another effort to push more female led books but they did a pretty good job with it. The art helps big time, goes good with the character. Overall good first issue but I can't imagine it will have much staying power.

  • 8.0
    AgentPoyo May 5, 2015

    At first I wasn't sure about the art but then it seemed as if it suited the story. I was quite surprised to find the story more interesting than expected. Of course she was bitten by the same spider Peter Parker was but it's a nice twist to see her come into her own, with her own story now. I'm looking forward to seeing a different approach than with Peter while the possibility of creating new characters, villains, etc.

  • 6.0
    Synthozoid Feb 24, 2015

    Been there, done that, boring.

  • 5.5
    FuzzyCracker Feb 19, 2015

    It's not bad, but it feels derivative of other similar books coming out around this same time. The art is nice, but the writing tries a little too hard to be "meta", and the humor doesn't really stick. What it really needs is a solid angle to separate it from other Spider books.

  • 10
    Jason The Dude Mar 19, 2015

  • 10
    iAmTru Oct 13, 2015

  • 9.0
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  • 8.5
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  • 8.5
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  • 8.5
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  • 8.0
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  • 8.0
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  • 8.0
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  • 8.0
    GlenWizard May 11, 2015

  • 7.5
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  • 7.0
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  • 7.0
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