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Silk #1 (of 5)

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 11 critic ratings.


There’s something rotten in Los Angeles, and ace detective Cindy Moon is on the case!

Wait… that can’t be right.

In this mind-bending new series, Cindy will face old foes and never-before-seen dangers that will take her to the breaking point!

Brought to you by all-star writer Emily Kim (SILK, TIGER DIVISION) and Marvel veteran Ig Guara (GHOST-SPIDER, SPIDER-GWEN)!

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Print Lenght
22 pages
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11 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 96

    You Don't Read Comics

    The success of a mini-series like this is going to rely on the creative team’s ability to shift from one mood and genre to another in a way that embraces the strange contrast between settings while also maintaining a solid through-line of drama and intrigue that never loses sight of Cindy as the central character. It’s kind of a lot to ask for. Kim did such a good job with the last series. It’s nice to see her going for something a bit more challenging with her second Silk series.

  • 90


    Silk is a growing fan-favorite character who seems to have a new series relaunch every year. 2023 is apparently no exception, as Silk #1 debuts from Emily Kim and Ig Guara this week. Kim isn’t new to Silk either, as she kicked off Silk #1 a little over a year ago, and now she’s back with a tantalizing first issue.


    Silk #1 is an excellent example of outside-the-box storytelling paired with superhero antics working very well. Pick this up for the big mystery, but stay for the compelling setup as Silk travels across iconic eras in American history.

  • 90

    First Comics News

    Cindy Moon returns in all-new series, once again written by Emily Kim and I have to say that it’s a great premise that feels slow at first but gradually picks up the pace after the first few pages; Cindy finds herself trapped in a reality-warped narrative that’s very captivating but it never comes off as predictable (Right off the bat, it looks like Mysterio is orchestrating all of this, but Kim is brilliant enough to not go that route of pure laziness just to sell this story) and the premise is a perfect way for Ig Guara to strut his stuff in the art department because he really knows how to make a dream sequence come alive. Silk fans will go wild with this issue and it’s the perfect jumping-on point for those old-school Spider-Man fans so I would recommend this series just to see what comes next.

  • 88

    Comic Watch

    Silk #1 sets up a new predicament for the character, serving as a Love Everlasting meets Total Recall kind of story. The art team does a great job in portraying the different settings while the cover art seems like it came completely out of left field.

  • 80

    Writer Emily Kim has a fun premise for this new Silk series, doing a multiverse-style narrative with a twist that hinges on a lack of realism. This is where artist IG Guara’s work is at its best, selling the dream logic at the core of this story is something that could be overdone and silly, but Guara makes it flow in a way that only dreams can. By not calling too much attention to the larger shifts in a visual because of its place in a dream, Guara and colorist Ian Herring make this world feel believable until the exact moment that it isn’t.

  • 80

    But Why Tho?

    Silk #1 delivers an intriguing opening chapter filled with style and personality. If you are a fan of seeing characters put into alternate settings, this book feels like it will deliver plenty to love.

  • 80

    Major Spoilers

    I love Cindy Moon. I enjoy the character’s headspace and how she navigates being a hero. In a way, Cindy represents me as a multiracial Asian adjusting to a world of technology. While Silk #1 didn’t have those specific themes, seeing Silk get another miniseries is excellent. This book is visually stunning, and the story has a lot of promise.

  • 74

    Multiversity Comics

    The joy of “Silk” #1 is that it’s pretty simple, straightforward, enjoyable stuff. Cindy gets a tip, she fights a monster, she realizes things aren’t what they appear to be. The dream world twist, though, does’t inspire quite as much joy. That’s primarily because the villains are treated like a big reveal but either (1) they’re new and this treats them with too much familiarity or (2) they’ve appeared in a Silk story before and the team is assuming we’ll know who they are. The problem with ending an issue on this imagery is that it leaves you asking questions about what you’re supposed to know instead of asking questions about what’s coming up next. Where that “The Silk Train Robbery” reveal is thrilling, the issue’s actual ending is confounding.

    The artwork, particularly the coloring, is the thing holding this whole issue together. This team is tasked with something that isn’t easy- creating a consistent visual language for very different genres while still fully leaning into said genres. A lot of that is accomplished through simple coloring. The noir portion of the issue is all about the color grey with pops of red in Silk’s wardrobe and just enough color for characters’ skin that we don’t mistake this for black-and-white. The strong style of this story meshes shockingly well with the gripping fight against the big monster, which features great Spider-action and incredible moments in the flashes to Cindy’s real life. The layouts are perfectly executed, keeping up momentum and pace in the fight while looping in these frames that help place readers in Cindy’s head. The switch to the wild west is awesome, too, suddenly flooding the page with color and throwing us into the middle of a train heist. This is the kind of stuff that get’s you to pick up a second issue and the art team sells is beautifully.

    An absolute blast that doesn’t quite stick the landing

  • 73

    Geek'd Out

    I will say that Silk #1 isn’t totally new reader friendly, as it does drop you in the middle of the action without explanation, nor does it explain its overt connection to a prior Silk run that would go over your head if you haven’t already read that one. But if you’re a fan of the Spider-Fam looking to jump into something new, then Silk #1 isn’t the worst place to start.

  • 60

    Weird Science Marvel Comics

    Silk #1 continues from the previous arc with Cindy Moon trapped in a neverending dream. The concept is novel, albeit unoriginal, and the art is strong, but there’s nothing in this issue that grabs your attention.

  • 60


    Relaunched for the third time in three years, new volume of Silk begins with our heroine the protagonist of a film noir detective story in mid-20th Century Los Angeles looking for a missing kid. It’s a stylish way to kick off the new series, which delays what is really happening until the last few pages where we see her psychiatrist and Saya Ishii working together and being responsible for the fake world Cindy is only just beginning to question as the comic comes to a close. Sadly, this means the noir world is likely coming to an end.

    While I enjoyed the noir touches, with a random bit of monster fighting thrown in, the twist didn’t do all that much for me as I was expected some kind of multiverse angle to explain a different version of Cindy Moon (and one I’d spend more time with). I’m not sure there’s enough here to bring me back every month, especially realizing they’ll likely just relaunch the comic in another year or so.

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