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I Get Knocked Down, But I Get Up Again! You’re Never Gonna Keep Me Down!
Written By: Robbie Thompson Art By: Tana Ford, Ian Herring Cover Price: $3.99 Release Date: July 13, 2016 Publisher: Marvel Reviewed By: Dan Mayhoff
*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*
The last issue of Silk was really something special. It gave me exactly what I wanted while giving me things I didn’t know that I wanted. It was beautiful and well crafted, not to mention it gave us an enormous cliffhanger that made me so excited for the next issue. So, as July 13th came closer and closer, I found myself particularly looking forward to this comic. So, how did it end up? Well, let’s jump into Silk #10.
The book opens with a scene of Cindy in her Silk outfit laying in a dumpter that is going up in flames. A lot goes through her mind before we go back to where the story left off in the last issue. Cindy is at work and she finds another letter addressed to Silk. She hides it from her coworkers who try to talk to her. They have information on her family but also have discovered that Cindy is Silk. Cindy excuses herself immediately before they can talk and reads the letter. It states that she shouldn’t go back to Black Cat. It’s at that moment that Black Cat messages her with a location. Cindy makes contact with Mockingbird about the meeting without realizing that Black Cat’s bug is still active.
Before she leaves the mysterious figure that has been following her around appears before her. She questions him about who he is which he avoids answering so Cindy decides to just leave him and meet up with Black Cat. When she arrives, Black Cat acts friendly with her, offering to give her a belt. She asks what it can do and Black Cat pushes a button with teleports them to another part of the city. Considering Mockingbird was monitoring Cindy, she sounds the alarm when they lose track of her.
Cindy attempts to keep her cover but Black Cat already knows everything. She has brought a crowd to witness her beat Silk into the ground so that no one ever betrays her again. Cindy takes an incredible beating from Black Cat, eventually finding an opening for her to escape. However, Black Cat still has the teleportation belt. There is no getting away. It’s at this moment that S.H.I.E.L.D. shows up to break up the meeting. Black Cat’s gang has been busted but Black Cat and Cindy are still alone. Black Cat beats on Cindy more and more when Cindy tries to reach out to her. She gets inside of Black Cats head, telling her that she’s not really bad—at least not all bad. Black Cat is displeased but chooses to spare Silk, throwing her into a dumpster.
Black Cat gets away but Mockingbird appears on the news to clear her name. She states that Silk was working undercover with S.H.I.E.L.D. and that the win wouldn’t be possible without her. However, Mockingbird hasn’t been able to find Silk yet. We go back to Silk who remains in the dumpster when a piece of concrete from the building falls and is about to crush her when two hands reach up through the dumpster and pull her down into the lower levels of the city. Cindy awakens to find the mysterious figure that she had spoken to earlier. She demands to know who he again and this time, he reveals himself. It’s Hector, a man from Cindy’s past. Hector was Cindy’s boyfriend before she got her powers and was sent to the bunker for ten years. However, now he seems to be some kind of spirit. That’s where we leave this issue.
Honestly, Silk continues to impress me through all the books I’ve been reading. The setup from the last issue was a hard act to follow but the creative team really stuck the landing here. Now, the last issue I would have considered to be nearly perfect. I gave it a 9.5 last week. This issue is not as good. The dialogue in this issue was a little clunky at times. That said, it still is incredibly entertaining and is still a great issue. I praised Stacey Lee a lot last week for her art. While she did an amazing job, I have to admit that I do really enjoy Tana Ford’s art on this book. Granted, Ford’s art is usually very hit or miss for me but this issue has more hits than misses in my opinion. Also, I think Ian Herring really deserves some recognition for his work on this book. The colors are really something special.
Bits and Pieces:
While the issue doesn’t have the same quality as the issue before it, the story and art is still very good we get a lot of satisfying conclusions to cliffhangers while keeping some still in the air. We also get introduced to new ones. This book is great and I can’t recommend it enough.