Hi everyone. Welcome back. This week I’m doing things a bit different. Since I don’t have enough Marvel books outside of Secret Wars, I’m adding a review of one of my favorite non marvel titles to the review list. But let’s start with Silk. Spoilers abound:
1. Silk has been a pretty big surprise for me. I don’t think Marvel has created too many new heroes that are memorable and flourished in the Marvel Universe in recent years. There have been incarnations that have been very popular( Superior Spider-man being one) but the quest to build new characters is often futile( DC’s The Movement and Green Team to name two).
It is very clear that Silk is written and drawn for a specific audience but it’s also very clear that the writing( at least) transcends the teenage girl demographic.
Cindy Moon is Silk, a teenage girl who was locked in a bunker when she was bit by a radioactive Spider. She was locked away to be protected from the Inheritors( see spider-verse). During Marvel’s Original Sin event, Peter Parker set her free when he learned of her existence. Since then she’s played a part in destroying the inheritors and has also pissed off Black Cat whom wants her dead.
That’s where things begin in Silk #005. An old minor villain that Cindy met up with in issue 3 has returned for Cindy’s help because Black Cat, who is no longer an anti-hero, has kidnapped his daughter. With the help of Spidey they go after Black Cat.
Another story is also developed a little bit in this issue as well. Cindy finds an unlikely ally in finding her parents. With what we learn about at the end of this book, it should be interesting to see what happens in the next issue. I have to keep some things secret. All in all, this was another great issue. I’m not a huge fan of the art because it reminds me a bit of the powerpuff girls. Grade: B+
2. Spider-Gwen #005 was annoying. I could end the review there and that was all you would need to know, but I won’t. If you have teenage girls, or are a teenage girl then I could see you enjoying this book. Gwen is Spiderwoman in a different part of the multiverse where daredevil works for kingpin.
Everything was high drama and the entire book read as a teenage soap opera. For a teen this might be something a teen could get behind. For an adult, like myself, it reminded me of everything I hated about being a teenager.
The art has been as consistent with that graffiti-esque as previous issues. I have actually liked this series up until now. It’s been fun to see Gwen again but this issue was not for me. Grade: C-
3. So if you have been a follower of my blog then you know there are two or three Image titles that have grabbed my attention and have not let go. One of those titles is Birthright. It has done a great job combining real life and fantasy to create a compelling comic book.
Birthright Issue 8, while being a tad unusual this month, has not let me down again this week. If you are a reader of this series then you know Mikey’s brother, Brennan, has been shot and he is bleeding profusely. This entire issue focuses on the police trying to find Mikey while Mikey attempts to find a way to heal his brother.
Of course there are obstacles along the way. The demon controlling him is one. Another group is the police and a third group are 3 men who are transformed into monsters by, what appears to be, a spirit in the sky.
If this all seems frenetic and just a little crazy, it’s because it is a little crazy and frenetic. this issue is not as strong as previous issues but it’s not a weak issue by any means either. There were moments when the men turned into monsters felt a bit too campy for my taste. But we learned one big thing this issue. Brennan knows what his brother is. That should be an interesting thing to watch develop in coming months.
The writing in the book is still compelling even if it did push the reader pretty close to the line of believability and maybe a little over it. I’m giving this book a grade of B. I want the book to move quicker in its plot development now.
4. Battleworld Ultimate End #2 was different than the first book in that it has a much more serious tone. The Ultimates and earth’s heroes have combined forces( mostly because they have been forced to) and now they are ready to figure out how to get things back to normal. What’s standing in their way? The Thors. They have informed the heroes of Manhattan that they need to peacefully coexist. Someone dies as a result of challenging that order.
There are three stories in this issue. Ultimate Tony and Earth Tony working together to find a solution, Peter visiting Uktimate Gwen and his aunt and Ultimate Hulk vs our Hulk. The third story has all the amount of mayhem you’d want in a fight against the two. It’s great.
The art in this book is really great. There is no artistic license taken with any of the characters so you know who everyone is. There are two months left in this series, and rumor has it, it might go longer due to delays of issue 5 and 6 of the main title.
I’m giving this book a grade of B. I keep waiting for the ball to drop and the title to get worse. That has not happened so far.
5. Secret Wars 2099 #2 was probably as unusual as its variant cover suggested with no Spider Gwen in it as the variant cover might have you believe. Most of this book covers the team’s extra-curricular activities but there is also a plot line that is examined where Ms. Captain America has been attacked by an assassin. She goes after the person who hired the assassin and ends up being attacked by Hulk 2099.
This book takes some getting used to. Different heroes are in the avengers now, and although each one is familiar, their stories are different. I have not read any other titles than Spider-Man 2099 so I am at a distinct disadvantage.
It was a fun issue and the hulk of the future has a venom feel to it.
The whole book is a build up to a new team that is introduced to the secret wars story. The Defenders.
I’m not sure where this book is heading and it’s refreshing to not know. I look forward to learning more about each character as the mini series continues. Grade: B
Part 2 comes tomorrow