My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The Life and Times of Cindy Moon kicks off smack dab in the middle of a tussle with Dragonclaw, only to find out that Cindy’s powers are going a little bit bonkers and that nothing is working the way that it should. Whatever happened in the Spider-Verse is the cause (but I have yet to read that volume). What I do know though is that Cindy was bitten by the same radioactive spider as Peter Parker. Her resulting powers posed a threat to her family. Therefore she was tucked away in a bunker. It was believed that locking her up in an undisclosed location would keep them all safe. However, when she emerged 10 years later, her family was nowhere to be found. Her greatest mission now is to find them and to adjust to a world that has morphed into something foreign while she was bunker bound.
Cindy works for the Fact Channel by day and fights crime at night while capturing footage of Silk for Jameson. Her handiwork, however, has made Silk a target, capturing the attention of Black Cat who really is not a fan of anyone who would get in the way of profit. She’s not the only one with a watchful eye on Silk though. Some mysterious creeper has been monitoring her every move and may very well know what happened to Cindy’s family but what will it cost her to uncover the truth?
I was introduced to Cindy Moon while reading my way through the Spider Gwen comics where she was referred to as Silk and while she did not play a major role in that series, I found her friendship with Gwen and Jessica Drew to be interesting. Fabien (4/2017) from How to Read Me suggested starting with Amazing Spider-Man (v.3) #1-6, followed by Spider-Verse, but I have yet to read either one of those. I did borrow Spider-Verse from the library but it was a rather large collection of comics and I didn’t know if my desire to learn more about Cindy Moon was enough for me to dive in, so I didn’t bother to read it. I may come back to it at some point. The Life and Times of Cindy Moon then was the first comic that I read in the Silk series. I enjoyed it. I learned that 1) Peter Parker is the one who freed Cindy from the bunker (probably in Spider-Verse) and he and Cindy used to have a thing, 2) Cindy has an eidetic memory, 3) her brother may have been caught up in a gang, 4) Jameson has a soft side to him. I will look forward to reading Sinister next.
Robbie Thompson | https://www.marvel.com/comics/creators/12444/robbie_thompson