Monday, September 12, 2016

Silk #12 Review and *SPOILERS* - Marvel Mondays

Highway To The Danger Zone!

Written By: Robbie Thompson
Art By: Tana Ford, Ian Herring
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 7, 2016
Publisher: Marvel

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Silk has been fairly consistent since the Spider-Women crossover ended. The creative team has given us some really amazing content for months now so it’s really a treat to have this book in my pull. I look forward to it each and every month. Previously, Cindy Moon was still looking for her parents with some small success but she has also recently met her ex-boyfriend Hector, who turned out to be dead and yet alive. In addition, Cindy’s friends from work have now figured out that Cindy swings from webs as the superhero known as Silk and they have supported her. Now, they are all diving into the Negative Zone in an attempt to locate Cindy’s parents. So, how does this story progress? Does this comic continue to give us amazing content? Let’s find out.

The issue begins with a small flashback from when Cindy’s family is packing her things for her before she goes to the bunker. She’s obviously upset as are her parents but they comfort each other. Quickly, we snap back to the present where Cindy and her friends are traveling further into the Negative Zone. They believe that they are on the trail of Cindy’s missing parents and they soon come to a small camp. Inside the tent, they find two sleeping bags but the area hasn’t been used in months. They find a parachute and discover that Cindy’s parents most likely jumped deeper into the Negative Zone so Cindy quickly weaves parachutes for the three of them out of her webs and they continue after them.

After a small crash landing, the three discover something much different. They have found giant eggs in a giant nest. However, they also find another parachute similar to the one they found earlier. This gives them new hope that they are on the right track. As they look out on to the horizon though, they realize that they are in a much different world as dragons fly across the skies. They see a village near them that seems to be under attack so they decide to investigate. Cindy weaves them more disguises and they enter the town, dressed in medieval gear. However, the novelty of the situation is fleeting as a dragon lands near them.

Luckily for our heroes, the dragon seems to be somewhat friendly. His name is David and he smells the same outsider smell on Cindy as he does on others. They ask him about others that have come and he tells them that their answers are with the Red Knight, who is currently in the heat of battle. Riding on the back of David, the three enter the fight and save the Red Knight from certain death. With their help, the Red Knight is able to vanquish the enemy. Cindy introduces herself and ask for help. The Red Knight lifts off her helmet to reveal that she is actually Cindy’s mother! That’s where the issue leaves us.

As much of a fan as I am of this book, this issue left me feeling kinda “meh.” Don’t get me wrong there is a lot to like about this issue. It certainly isn’t bad. That said, it certainly isn’t anything special either. Most of the story is simply following three characters as they marvel at the Negative Zone and random travel from one set piece to another. They are looking for Cindy’s parents but honestly, until the end not a whole lot happens in the book. There is one thing in particular that I really do want to praise though and that is the art in this book. I usually praise Tana Ford but this art really showed me something special. The Negative Zone really does lend itself to an artist to make some visually stunning work. Ford does just that throughout this book. Overall, this issue is nothing special, but damn is it pretty!

Bits and Pieces:

The creative team behind this series has really set the bar very high for themselves. Unfortunately, this month they did not reach that same level of quality. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still very excited to see what happens next and the art in this book is really incredible. Honestly, the art is probably what kept my score high for this book. That said, this issue is ultimately a bit unsatisfying.



  1. first time commenting on this site, not even sure if this is gonna work..

    I absolutely loved this issue. The interplay between the three protagonists, the humor, the character building done here were really good for me. I realize that this is probably the only "light hearted" comic that I'm interested in. I've never before cared for a story like this. The art, which isn't my cup of coffee, even feels somehow appropriate. It certainly has it's moments.

    I think this would get at LEAST a 9, maybe a 9.5 from me, with the only ding being that the art is just so non-standard, and maybe my taste palette just isn't refined enough for it yet.

    1. Thanks for commenting :) I get what you're saying about the art. Tana Ford's art isn't for anyone. I wasn't a huge fan of it when the series started but its grown on me. Maybe it will for you as well. Or maybe you are just forming your own taste palette and this type of art just doesn't suit it. There are no wrong answers when it comes to your opinion :)

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