Monday, October 24, 2016

Silk #13 Review and *SPOILERS* - Marvel Monday

It’s Not a Race Guys… Well… Maybe It Is.

Written By: Robbie Thompson
Art By: Tana Ford, Ian Herring
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 19, 2016
Publisher: Marvel

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Silk has put itself in a bit of a pickle this month as we are kind of in the middle of a pretty significant story arc. Since the beginning of All-New, All-Different Marvel Cindy has been searching for her parents and it seems like we’re finally gonna find them. However, this story arc that we’ve been waiting for is gonna be a quick one because next month Silk will be having tie-ins with The Clone Conspiracy. I’m not sure if that was a decision made by the creative team or by the company but either way, the latest Silk story has to at least mostly wrap up in this issue. No pressure guys. That said, we did get some amazing art in the last issue as we are traveling through the Negative Zone so I expect more of the same. However, will Cindy be able to find her father along with her mother? Let’s find out.

The issue starts with a small flashback of Cindy’s parents through different times in their life before immediately switching back to the present where Cindy’s mom is currently kicking some major ass as a red knight. This time, Cindy and her friends have all joined the crusade in order to recapture a floating castle which her father is currently being held inside. The battle rages on as we see more and more flashbacks about Cindy’s family. Cindy and her mother then face the leader of the enemy army and he seems to have the upper hand at first but the two of them finally team up and are able to defeat their foe, effectively ending the entire conflict.

Cindy and her mother immediately begin climbing toward the castle in order to rescue Cindy’s father. The two race through the castle and eventually stumble upon a cell with her Cindy’s father in it and the three embrace as they celebrate their reunion. We immediately cut away to the exit of the Negative Zone. Cindy’s mother talks to the inhabitants and tells them to be strong and to follow her example. That way, they will always be able to keep themselves safe. The group leaves the Negative Zone and the immediately begin asking about Cindy’s brother so she makes sure to explain the situation to them.

We then get a monologue from Cindy that seems to be her talking with her therapist once again. Her family reunites and although some friction still remains, they all seem very happy to be together once again. At the end of their reunion, Cindy tells them that she has a place for them all to stay. They all arrive at a very nice and obviously expensive apartment and Cindy’s family questions how they are able to afford it. This is when Bobbi Morse (a.k.a. Mockingbird) arrives and tells them that the place is traditionally used as a safe house for S.H.I.E.L.D. but that they were welcome to use it for a while until they are able to get on their feet.

As the rest of the family explores, Bobbie and Cindy talk about what is to come next for Cindy and Cindy honestly doesn’t have a real answer yet. Bobbi tells her that the position at S.H.I.E.L.D. is always open to her before she leaves. Cindy and her mother enjoy another talk before we cut to her at the therapist’s office. She tells her that she simply wants a normal life for at least a little while. Her therapist believes that it is well overdue for her. However, it would seem that is a pipe dream as we see Cindy’s father enter a building and deliver some kind of package to the people inside. We see the eyes of another masked person who says that it is time to put an end to Silk once and for all. This is where the issue leaves us.

I’m not gonna lie, I love this series and when you enjoy a series for so long, you are usually able to ignore the down issues and still enjoy the series overall. However, when you are reviewing a story for a website, you have to take a finer look at each individual issue and ask yourself how good it really was. As much as I hate to admit it, this is a down issue for Silk. It just doesn’t hit the same level of quality that the rest of the series has until now. I thought this might be the case considering the story had to be finished in this issue and we had to get ready for the next crossover that Silk is getting wrapped up in. Thus, it was very obvious that the issue was rushed. There’s no way around it. This is a storyline that we have been building to since the relaunch and unfortunately it’s over in what seems like a couple of minutes. I still have faith in this team and this book though. One down issue isn’t enough to spoil a series but it certainly is one down issue.

Bits and Pieces

Silk has been an amazing book since the relaunch (with the exception of Spider-Women) but has finally hit a bump in the road. The series has been building up to this reunion and unfortunately it all feels rushed, most likely due to the crossover event that Silk will tie into next month.


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