Mind Capsules – Silk #1 and Aquaman #46

Silk #1
Silk #1

Writer – Robbie Thompson
Artist – Stacey Lee
Colours – Ian Herring
Letters – VC’s Travis Lanham

The second volume of Silk begins with a bit of a change in the status quo, or at least it would seem so. Now we are to believe that Cindy is a villain, at least that is until we discover that Cindy has gone undercover for S.H.I.E.L.D. so that she can bring down Black Cat and more importantly, find out what happened to her now returned brother and her still missing parents. While it might seem a little strange that our hero already has a second series, all we can do is roll with it as Robbie Thompson and Stacey Lee also return continuing to make Silk one of the very best Spider-books on the stands today. For the most part Cindy has changed little in the brief time that she has been away. She is still very affable, now has her own apartment, has a new promotion at work though she is still called Analog by her boss, J. Jonah Jameson and she now looks after her brother as goes through treatment for whatever was done to him. One little thing that that has differed from the previous run on the title and has changed our hero is just how confidant Cindy has become and you can see it in all aspects of her life. There is still a slight bit of culture shock going on as spending a decade in a bunker will do that to anyone, but for the most part, she has adapted well and it is really starting to show. Cindy still lacks a real nemesis, and you cannot really count Black Cat as such, nor the villain who is revealed on the last page of the issue. Silk’s supporting cast is also a little thin at the moment too and could use an addition or two, but at the moment, it is not as if the book suffers because of it. While the current crop of books to fall under the Spider-Man family of titles are all quite good, this one is closer to what Spidey used to be when he first premiered all those many years ago. Cindy still has a sense of wonder as she goes through life and it is a lot of fun to watch her learn and grow as she does so. With great artwork and a really entertaining story, action and drama galore, Silk is a book that has it all.

4 out of 5

Aquaman #46
Aquaman #46

Writer – Cullen Bunn
Artist – Vincente Cifuentes
Inker – John Dell, John Livesay, Marc Deering
Colours – Guy Major
Letters – Tom Napolitano

At one point, this forty-sixth issue of Aquaman was to feature a story by Cullen Bunn completely different to the one contained within. As it is the story that is printed here is not a bad one, merely one that feels like a fill-in. It does fit within the context of the larger tale that Bunn has been telling, but not a whole lot happens. To sum it up, the book is essentially one long conversation between Aquaman and Wonder Woman with just a little conflict to break up the monotony of it and keep things interesting. It is not the best issue of Bunn’s run, but it does propel the story forward and more than anything else, despite being a last minute tale, it is good to see. The artwork is good, but having a different artist issue after issue makes the book look quite erratic and it would be nice to see DC get somebody that can keep a monthly schedule. For those picking up the trade for this series, it is going to be a little jarring to read with all of the different art styles present. The shame of this story and series is just how truncated it has become due to the outrage of some fans. It held a lot of promise and seemed like it would have been quite exciting should it have been allowed to run its course. As it is, it should not be too long until Bunn’s story is wrapped up and everything returned to the status quo and though it was an okay issue, it will be nice to see how it does end, abrupt or not.

3 out of 5

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