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Friday, October 28, 2016

Reader's Diary #1405 - Robbie Thompson (writer), various artists: Silk Sinister Vol. 1

If my forays into Marvel's Spider-Verse earlier this year taught me anything, it's that the days of Peter Parker being the sole spider-themed superhero are long gone. One of the more recent additions is Cindy Moon, who goes by the name Silk, and who was apparently bitten by the same spider that bit Parker. So where had she supposedly been all this time? Having difficultly initially controlling her powers, she was whisked away to an underground bunker, kept out of the public eye and presumably hanging with Kimmy Schmidt.

(Silk also, for the record, joins the ranks of Elektra and Mort from Bazooka Joe comics as one of the few whose idea of a disguise is pulling a turtle-neck up over one's nose.)

Silk is a lot like Peter Parker, not only in her super-abilities, but also works for the media, for J. Jonah Jameson who now leads Fact Channel, a competitor to the Daily Bugle of Spider-Man comics. I didn't get this, but apparently there's a Silk collected edition volume 0. Maybe it was explained there. What an idiot I was to presume #1 would be a good place to start.

Also, Silk likes to make a lot of funny quips. While I admit to finding most of these funny, some of her word choices seemed a bit too modern for someone who'd been cut off from the world for 10 years (e.g., "What the what now?").

I nonetheless enjoyed her character, similar to Peter Parker but with enough differences to keep her interesting (besides the unique bunker backstory, she's also Asian American). And the plot of this volume was quite interesting. Pretending to be a villain, while working for SHIELD and infiltrating Black Cat's war against another villain King Goblin, Silk is subtly thrown by Black Cat's revelation that she not be completely evil and that sometimes people are not as black and white as they seem. While the main plot of King Goblin is resolved in this arc, the secondary more character-driven plot remains open and for me, is certainly enough of a hook to pick up a 2nd volume.

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