Monday, April 24, 2017

Silk #19 Review and *SPOILERS* - Marvel Monday

Mercy Killing

Written By: Robbie Thompson
Art By: Tana Ford, Ian Herring
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 19, 2017
Publisher: Marvel

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

We have finally arrived at the end of this series and while it saddens me to see it go, I have to say that it is time for it to go. Unfortunately, since the beginning of this series, it has had storylines interrupted for subpar tie-ins to crossover events. Whether it was Spider-Women or The Clone Conspiracy, Silk’s place in those storylines was limited and usually not very entertaining. What’s worse is the probability that the creative team wasn’t told that these events were happening in advance as they would constantly set up stories just to have them wrap up too quickly in order to make room for the next crossover event. It’s just been a mess for a long time and while I loved this book for so long, I have to say that it is time for it to go. This was the first book I ever reviewed for this site and I’m disappointed that it won’t be around anymore. Let’s just jump right in and rip the band aid off.

We catch up with Cindy who has run into her father. Her father had just come out of the facility he has been working at to remove Cindy’s powers. He attempts to keep it a secret but Cindy knows all about the building and she knows that this isn’t his fault. He begins to cry as the two are interrupted. Three robot spiders appear and the battle begins. Turns out that the one her father was working for is Fang, a member of the Spider Society. Turns out she has figured a way to take away Cindy’s powers. However, they will allow her to transfer those power to herself so she can lead her organization to new heights. Luckily for Cindy, she didn’t come alone this time.

Back in the building we catch up with Hector who has used his ghost power in order to sneak into the building and take over their technology. The spider robots begin to malfunction and Fang exits her machine in order to fight Cindy on her own. At first it would seem that she has the upper hand as she is able to pin Cindy fairly easily. However, just when she is about to inject Cindy with the substance, Cindy is able to overpower her and Heck is able to disable the controller in her father’s neck. After a few punches, Fang is down and Cindy stand victorious. She turns to her father who now has another dose of the substance and she talks with him. He tells her he always wanted her to be safe and instead of injecting her with the serum, he destroys it.

Cindy is able to contact S.H.I.E.L.D. and have the arrest the members of the Spider Society and reunite with her entire family now. She even receives a call from Peter Parker and the two catch up a little bit. Peter even offers her a job but she immediately turns him down. Our issue ends with Cindy going to her friends wedding with Hector and even seeing Jameson there. She finally speaks with her therapist and tells her she plans to keep coming to see her even though now she is finally happy. This is where the issue leaves us.

Silk is finally over and it all seems a bit convenient. Once again, I have to wonder if the creative team was told that this book was coming to an end. The entire issue attempts to wrap up the storyline that has been set up since Cindy found her parents. However, I have no idea how Cindy even found out about the Spider Society or how her father was involved with them. I mean, she even knew enough to know that her father was under some kind of mind control. Despite that aspect of the issue, the action in the issue is really nice to look at. Tana Ford and Ian Herring once again knock it out of the park on that front. However, considering all the set up we have done, this feels very rushed. Once again, this series was one of my favorites when it began so it is sad to see it go. This was a poor send off but it has some really nice moments.

Bits and Pieces

The finale of Silk has some really nice moments but ultimately the entire issue feels rushed. Perhaps the creative team wasn’t told in advance that this series would be coming to a close. The ending feels a bit poor but ultimately very satisfying. The art is great and the panels with the fight scenes are well done. However, it certainly feels like this series should have ended a while ago but I guess it’s better than nothing.


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