A Tribute to Robbie Thompson’s Silk

Silk

I’ve been reading Marvel’s Silk from the first issue. Spider books aren’t normally something I read. When it comes to Marvel, I tend to read Deadpool and more Deadpool.

That all changed when my favorite writer, Robbie Thompson from Supernatural, announced that he would be writing a comic for Marvel.

I was instantly taken in from the first issue. In Cindy Moon, Thompson created a character that was real.  She was flawed, she was full of love for her family and friends, and she never gave up.  Cindy was quirky and full of pop culture references.  This was reflected in what she said and in the little nuances in the art of the book. She was someone I, as the reader, could relate to.

Cindy also went through her days dealing with anxiety.  This is something I understand all too well.  For me, that was one of the things that stuck out most in the Silk comic.  How anxiety was explored and handled in a comic book character.  Here’s someone who was like me.  Sure, I wasn’t out fighting crime, but I was certainly fighting my own thoughts and worries.  She saw a therapist throughout the series and you could see how she learned how to adapt and live with her anxiety.  In the final issue, she tells her therapist that she feels happy.  She is no longer afraid to be afraid. What a powerful statement and a powerful place to be.

I was sad to hear that Silk was ending.  I’m going to miss reading about Cindy Moon’s adventures and her personal journey.  It was a good run of two volumes and 26 issues, but unfortunately all good things must come to an end. I know Robbie Thompson writes other books, and I hope will continue to write comics for a good long time.  None of his characters (other than Charlie Bradbury in Supernatural) have stood out as much as Cindy Moon has.  But, at the same time, I’m excited to see what Thompson does next.  Robbie, thank you from the bottom of my heart for creating such a wonderful and thoughtful comic that means so much to so many people.

Author: Jessica Halladay

Jessica primarily reviews comics including Silk, Starfire, and Tart. She also offers insights on various other comics, movies, books, and other geeky topics.

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