Writer: Robbie Thompson
Artist: Stacey Lee
Colorist: Ian Herring
Robbie Thompson and Stacey Lee brings you Cindy Moon from the pages of Spider-Verse! As a young teenager Cindy was bitten by the same spider that bit Peter Parker and made him into Spider-man. Faster, precognitive spider-sense and the ability to weave web out of her finger tips, Cindy will come to know the meaning of with great power comes great responsibilities!
The Ups: Let me start by saying that I am have been reading the Amazing Spider-Man series and enjoying Cindy Moon’s character as well as the strong chemistry between her and Peter. I was excited to hear that she was getting her own series and it did not disappoint. Robbie Thompson introduces Cindy into her own with great success and without bombarding you with information. He crafts her interaction with people and the environment to trigger small inner monologue that fills in what you need to know if you have not been reading Spider-Verse. This makes this issue reader friendly as a number 1 issue should be. Although Cindy grew up in a bunker and watching tapes of Peter for most of her teenage life, she is trying to be her own character. Robbie has Peter appear a couple of time as a helping hand but Cindy refuses because she wants to be on her own. The theme of accomplishing things on her own is present a lot as a result of her living in the bunker alone for a long time. There are some other unique attributes that defines the character and sets her apart from the rest of the spider family. She is faster and has a more precognitive spider-senses than Peter. She can produce organic webbing that she can harden the texture to create claws. Robbie shows us much like movie-verse Star-lord, Cindy’s pop references have a limit, which gives you a nostalgic feeling such as referring to Dragonclaw (imaged below) as a Pokemon (which is a Pokemon move) that had me laughing for a while. Robbie delves into some flashback moments that shows us Cindy’s life before the bite and the trials a teenage girl goes through especially in relations to an Asian upbringing. In these flashbacks we get to see Cindy’s past and the people she knew, which I am interested in knowing more of. It was a nice touch that help readers relate to her as they did with Peter.
Stacey Lee is known for her amazing covers but she is now a newcomer to drawing pages in one of the bigger comic book companies. My view can be summed up in one sentence: What took you so long Marvel?! Stacey is an exceptional artist that brings the energy and fluidity of a spider-hero in all her action scenes. Her art style has some manga elements but it’s still her distinguished style. Stacey also has a great way with expressions. You can easily pick up on the emotions in the issue like doubt, embarrassment, confusion and the many other emotions that hit this issue. After the dark times of Spider-Verse, Stacey brings a more lighter tone to the issue with the help of the colorist Ian Herring. The colors on flashbacks are distinguishable from the present scenes. The colors shine in many aspect with the use of bright colors such as orange for the sky and the dark tint layer on Dragonclaw’s costume that emphasizes how much bad guys like dark colors. This art duo was the right choice.
The Downs: The issue ended and I wanted more! On a serious note there was a moment in which a flashback was trigger but I did not see how the flashback was connected to the previous scene.
Overall: Cindy is one of the newest character to join the expanding Marvel universe. It expands on many level with the increase in racially diverse characters such as Kamela Khan and Miles Morales, and more leading women such as Thor and Angela. Cindy is a great addition to this group and the creative team came out with a strong debut. If you are looking for a fun and personal experience, then this is your book. Great things are coming from this series!
Grade 5 of 5