Monday, November 21, 2016

Silk #14 Review and *SPOILERS* - Marvel Monday

Experience a New U

Written By: Robbie Thompson
Art By: Irene Strychalski, Ian Herring
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 16, 2016
Publisher: Marvel

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

*Being a Tie-In to The Clone Conspiracy, there will be mild SPOILERS for that ongoing event*

Well, Silk may have gotten by without being roped into Civil War II, however the book couldn’t stay untouched forever as we are now thrown into the Clone Conspiracy crossover event. Granted, I have likes the Clone Conspiracy event so far. Right now it still feels like it is building up to something but I’m excited to see where it goes. Unfortunately, this probably means that we won’t get any answers about Cindy’s parents for a while as it seems that storyline is being saved until after the crossover event. However, I’m hopeful and I’ve got a lot of confidence in this creative team. I’m kind of hoping Silk becomes one of the big players in this crossover. Will she? Let’s find out.

The issue begins with Cindy simply doing her Silk heroics as usual but she seems very happy about it all considering she now has her parents back and even her ex-boyfriend Hector is back in her life, even if he is only a ghost at this point. Silk is also seen as a hero to the public once again but something seems to be off about Cindy. She doesn’t seem to be spending a whole lot of time with her parents despite all the time that she has been looking for them and she is missing sessions with her therapist. We cut to her at work where J. Jonah Jameson is briefing them on the continuation of his New U story. He asks for a volunteer to travel out to San Francisco to cover the story more and Cindy quickly volunteers.

Cindy then meets with Hector and tells him about her upcoming trip to San Francisco. He offers to join her on her trip and she agrees. Hector uses his powers to make it so no one else but Cindy is able to see him. (Convenient much?) Despite a small mistake at the beginning of the flight the two end up sharing a delightful trip and even share some romantic moments together, although the other passengers of the plane seem creeped out by the fact that this girl is talking to no one. The two arrive in San Francisco and Cindy drops Hector off at the apartment before she heads off to work.

Cindy meets with Jonah who seems much different than he usually is. She tells him about her parents being found and he rejoices. He even hugs her, a gesture that Jonah has never done with Cindy. Cindy is dumbfounded but returns to her work. We get a small scene back in New York with Cindy’s family worrying about her and we see Cindy’s father entering the mysterious facility once again before we return to San Francisco. Cindy has become far too suspicious to let it go so she dawns a new costume and she and Hector go to investigate Jameson. The two track him to New U and they sneak into the facility. They split up and Cindy find Jameson having a meeting with his wife but she knows that his wife is dead. Meanwhile Hector finds some kind of lab and trips an alarm even though he isn’t noticed on the camera footage. Cindy attempts to leave the facility but is stopped in her tracks by none other than the old Spider-Woman. This is where the issue leaves us.

Silk has a lot of catching up to do with this new crossover and this issue gets a lot of the tedious aspects out of the way. While that gives me hope for the story going forward, it doesn’t exactly make for a great comic. I don’t know if the creative team was planning on this crossover or not but this comic needs to step up fast. We are just about to dive into the (hopefully) juicy parts of the Clone Conspiracy as we are about to hit the halfway point but the series benefits from the long prelude that Amazing Spider-Man gave it. Silk doesn’t have that prelude and so it feels more like we were just thrown. I really liked the new work that we got from the new artist, though I did miss Tana Ford a bit. Thankfully, Ian Herring’s coloring really brings out the best in any artist’s work. Overall, kind of a down issue for Silk but I’m hoping that I see a bright future on the horizon.

Bits and Pieces

Silk spends its debut Clone Conspiracy tie-in setting up the future of this storyline rather than giving us anything really big or juicy but hopefully that will pay off. Unfortunately, that doesn’t make for an extremely entertaining issue but some great art really pulls this comic along and I’m still looking forward to the future that this series will give us.


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