Review: Silk, Vol. 1: Threats and Menaces

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Title: Silk, Vol. 1: Threats and Menaces
Creators: Maurene Goo, Takeshi Miyazawa (Illustrator)
Genres: Comics, Superhero
Pages: 112
Publisher: Marvel
Review copy: Hoopla digital library app
Availability: Available now!

Summary: By day Cindy Moon is an intrepid reporter for the upstart new media empire Threats & Menaces, under her old boss J. Jonah Jameson. By night she’s Silk, crime-fighting super hero! But Cindy’s worlds are about to collide when her latest investigation puts Silk and everyone she loves in danger! Someone is killing gangsters in Queens, leaving behind a trail of blood and…fur? Who is this powerful new player in New York’s underworld? Where did she come from…and what is she doing with a strange cat demon? It will take all of Cindy’s prowess as reporter and hero to find the answers — and stay alive! But even as a perilous meeting with tech CEO Saya Ishii brings Cindy one step closer to the truth, a classic Spidey villain sets his sights on Silk!

Review: When I learned that THE Maurene Goo was taking over the Silk series, I was beyond excited. Maurene Goo’s YA novels are fantastic — she writes romance, family, and friendship so well, and I always have a ton of fun reading her writing. I Believe in a Thing Called Love is one of my favorite YA novels. The Silk series is a quite a departure from what readers usually see from her, so I was interested to find out how this would pan out.

I’m happy to say that I really enjoyed Silk, Volume 1! While I always root for Asian superheroes, I actually have not been a huge fan of Silk in the past. Other Silk comics just didn’t quite resonate with me — her backstory is fairly dark (okay that’s most superheroes, but still), and I wasn’t always a fan of how her character arcs panned out. But I had a great time following Silk’s latest adventures in the hands of Maurene Goo.

This first volume is really setting some exciting stuff up, which means you’ll have to spend some time getting oriented in the narrative. I loved getting to know Cindy Moon’s two sides as an intrepid reporter and a superhero. And of course, the illustrations by Takeshi Miyazawa are great — they’re dynamic, action-packed, and tons of fun.

I’m excited to see where the Silk series goes from here. I know there’s a new Marvel TV series out, but for me, I’ll be busy catching up on everything Silk. I definitely recommend Silk, Vol. 1: Threats and Menaces if you’re a Silk fan or just love superhero comics — or just love Maurene Goo’s writing. Check it out!

Recommendation: Get it soon, especially if you’re a fan of Silk!