Earth 65's Spider-Woman Gwen Stacy balances her hero career with family and band relationships!

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On Earth 65, instead of a radioactive spider biting Peter Parker, the arachnid chomped down on his classmate Gwen Stacy. Granted the proportionate strength of a spider, plus enhanced reflexes and Spider Sense, she patrolled New York City as Spider-Woman!

Dubbed Spider-Gwen, she first appeared in EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #2 by Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez and helped save existence which launched into her own series by the same crew! 

Edge of Spider-Verse (2014) #2

Edge of Spider-Verse (2014) #2

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Instead of worrying about balancing her schoolwork with super heroics, Gwen couldn’t seem to find the balance between her band The Mary Janes and the masked life. Crazier yet, when she came face to face with her father, Captain George Stacy, she unmasked and revealed her true identity to him!

Things got all the more complicated as super villains started trying to kill Captain Stacy and people began asking more questions. They even brought in Lt. Frank Castle to help take down Spider-Woman and figure the whole thing out.

Like her 616 counterpart, Gwen faced off against the likes of The Kingpin – though not in person at first – as well as The Vulture, The Rhino and even Matt Murdock, who’s an evil mob lawyer in her reality!

However, two of the most heart-wrenching foes Spider-Gwen faced came in the form of the Lizard and Green Goblin. See, after she got her powers, her pal Peter Parker became obsessed with Spider-Woman. Wanting to be special himself, he injected himself with a serum that turned him into the Lizard during prom. Gwen jumped in to stop him, but wound up seemingly killing the young man.

Meanwhile, another longtime friend, Harry Osborn, disappeared after Peter’s death. When he returned, he fully blamed Spider-Woman for Peter’s death. To get his own revenge, he created the Green Goblin suit for himself and orange-themed robots to kill her. She finally stopped his rampage – which was aided by some of Peter’s own formula – and revealed her identity to him.

Spider-Woman’s adventures continue in the pages of SPIDER-GWEN as she contines to deal with problems in her own reality as well as a few that connect to the 616.

A Tangled Web

As mentioned above, Spider-Gwen debuted during the Spider-Verse event. Ms. Stacy worked with Peter Parker and Spider-Woman from the 616 among many other spider-folks to stop Morlun and the Inheritors from destroying the web of life by killing all of the spider-folks in all realities. From there she joined up with a group in the pages of WEB WARRIORS featuring Spider-Ham, Spider-Man India, Spider-UK, Spider-Man Noir and Anya Corazon. Though she’s still based on Earth 65, Gwen has crossed over with SPIDER-WOMAN and SILK in the Spider-Women story and also started up a relationship with Miles Morales!

Next week we shine the spotlight on Miles Morales and his post-Secret Wars adventures on Earth 616!

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Robbie Thompson shares how Clone Conspiracy changed Cindy Moon!

Some people go west to realize their dreams. Others get their hopes dashed there. For Cindy Moon, her recent trip to California during The Clone Conspiracy gave her a taste of both.

We found writer Robbie Thompson unpacking his car after a long road trip to tell us how the hero we encounter in SILK #18 on March 1 has been changed by her experiences near the Pacific Ocean.

Marvel.com: As SILK #18 begins, it appears the Cindy is back in her Silk costume and most likely returned to the East Coast. However, does that mean she is the same ol’ Cindy at the start of this new arc?

Robbie Thompson: She is back in on the East Coast, back in her Silk costume and she is one hundred percent not the same ol’ Cindy at the beginning of this arc! The events of Clone Conspiracy have shaken Cindy Moon to her core. There are big, big changes coming for her starting with issue #18, specifically with the very last page, which illustrates the next step Cindy—and Silk—will be taking in the Marvel Universe.

Marvel.com: What is Silk’s state of mind after the events and ending of Clone Conspiracy?

Robbie Thompson: She’s rattled. And not just because of what went down out west. Cindy started Clone Conspiracy on the run—she finally got her family back, but something was missing. So, in classic Cindy fashion, she avoided the issue and went on a road trip and got involved in a crossover event!

But after the events of Clone Conspiracy she can’t run anymore, she can’t hide. Issue #18 really shows her running headlong into these issues and coming to grips with what’s going on in her head.

Marvel.com: Without spoilers, can you speak to how seeing a very different side of J. Jonah may have changed his and Cindy’s relationship?

Robbie Thompson: Jonah is actually able to let his guard down around Cindy in ways he doesn’t normally and that bond actually helps both of them as we’ll see in issue #18. Without giving too much away, they’re both really rocked by Clone Conspiracy and their lives are changed forever, but they still somehow find a way to have empathy for one another. I think in some ways, Jonah has been like a father-figure to Cindy, and even though her dad is back now—and being controlled by a villain!—that bond is still there.

Marvel.com: Clone Conspiracy also affected her relationship to Spectro. Again, avoiding outright spoilers, how would you describe the new challenges their connection to one another now faces?

Robbie Thompson: This road trip has definitely brought them closer, and Spectro being back in an actual human clone body, allowed them to express how they feel about each other in ways they couldn’t before—kissing!

Silk #18 cover

Silk #18 cover

You never forget your first love, especially when he is haunting [you]! But Hector, aka Spectro, also knows Cindy in a way all of her friends don’t—he can remind her of who she was before the bunker changed everything. Cindy often thinks the bunker defined her, but it only sharpened who she was before and Hector is able to remind her of that.

Marvel.com: What did Silk learn from becoming Silkworm? How did teaming up with Mattie Franklin change her experience of being one of the Spider-Women of the Marvel Universe?

Robbie Thompson: I think she learned that she should have a different costume for every city she visits! I loved Helen Chen’s design for Silkworm.

Without giving too much away, I think teaming up with Mattie was a real eye opener about what being a hero really means, and as you will see in issue #18, Cindy is directly confronting what it means to be a hero and trying to understand who she wants to be moving forward.

Marvel.com: Speaking specifically to issue #18, Cindy’s family seems to be creating increased complications in her life. Can you speak to how past choices they have made are now forcing her into doing things or acting in ways she might prefer not to?

Robbie Thompson: On a plot level, she doesn’t yet know her father is being manipulated by a villain named Fang. But it’s starting to creep into her life and we’ll be confronting that in issue #19 directly.

On a personal level, though, Cindy isn’t sure what to do now that her family is back. When she got out of the bunker, they were all she was looking for. Finding them defined her. She shaped her life around tracking them down: working at the Fact Channel, going undercover in Black Cat’s gang for S.H.I.E.L.D.

Now they’re back, and she wants life to be normal, but it just isn’t. Her external life is now suddenly normal, but with Cindy, it’s always been about her wrestling with her struggles with her internal life. Now that she has found them, hopefully she takes the time to find herself.

Marvel.com: When we last spoke about SILK, Irene Strychalski had not yet started drawing the book. How did her style change things? What’s next for the artistic direction of the book?

Robbie Thompson: Irene Strychalski came in for this Clone Conspiracy arc and absolutely killed it. I’m a big, big fan of hers and hope to work with her again and I’m grateful that editor Devin Lewis brought her onboard for this run. Irene has such a detailed and nuanced style to how she lays out and fills in a page, but what I love most from her is the performance work she puts into every single face and expression. This was a darker storyline for us, but Irene found the perfect tone and balance of emotions in every single issue. She also worked really well with our colorist Ian Herring, whose work has been instrumental in every single issue of this series.

Tana Ford is coming back with issue #18, and I think it’s the best work she’s done on the series—tons of emotions and performance throughout. I can’t wait for folks to see it!

Get your hands on SILK #18 coming March 1 from Robbie Thompson and Tana Ford!

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Irene Strychalski discusses working with Robbie Thompson to bring Silk into the Clone Conspiracy!

Cindy Moon—aka Silk—continues to build a name for herself in the Marvel Universe. The character who first debuted in Dan Slott’s AMAZING SPIDER-MAN swung out into her own solo SILK series and now she’s knee deep in the Clone Conspiracy crossover event.

For Cindy, this means trying to fit in with her newly found family, working for J. Jonah Jameson, and dealing with the returned dead including Jameson’s wife as well as one-time Spider-Woman Mattie Franklin!

Artist Irene Strychalski joined regular series writer Robbie Thompson with SILK #14. We talk with her about diving right in with a huge crossover, sending Cindy to San Francisco in new togs, and how the two arachnid-themed heroines differ as the book swings toward issue #16 on January 11.

Marvel.com: Was it at all intimidating jumping on a book like SILK in the middle of a huge crossover like The Clone Conspiracy?

Irene Strychalski: I didn’t even think about it at first, but it really is a little intimidating! That’s not a complaint though, since I love challenges. It’s been fun tying the story into what other teams are doing.

Marvel.com: In addition to Silk, the series also recently saw Mattie Franklin’s return. What sets these two Spider-themed characters apart for you when drawing them?

Irene Strychalski: I think it’s mostly subtle things, like slightly different mannerisms and expressions. Even though they’re both spider-themed super heroes, they do have such different backgrounds.

Marvel.com: In SILK #14, Cindy dons a new costume when heading out to San Francisco. What went into designing that look?

Irene Strychalski: I actually didn’t design it. Helen Chen did! I think it looks swell though, and it’s been refreshing to draw!

Marvel.com: Another big portion of this story revolves around Cindy not being sure about J. Jonah Jameson’s recently returned family. Do you enjoy playing with those more dramatic moments as well as the big super hero stuff?

Irene Strychalski: I love the dramatic moments of character interaction. Besides, from big action scenes and explosions and all that juicy stuff, I enjoy portraying the psychological side of each arc. My hope is always that a reader can feel immersed in a characters’ emotions just from looking at the art and visual language.

Marvel.com: How has it been working with Robbie in general and the whole team more specifically when it comes to contributing to this larger epic?

Irene Strychalski: Robbie delivers a great script every time and I think he really takes into consideration what the artist would like to contribute to the story. It’s been wonderful working with him. [Colorist] Ian [Herring] and our cover artists all do beautiful work, and of course the rest of the SILK team is super professional.

Honestly, I’m still pretty new to the super hero scene so I’m more worried about delivering good work on my part! But this opportunity on SILK has been nothing but a great experience.

SILK #16 by Robbie Thompson and Irene Strychalski continues the saga of the Clone Conspiracy on January 11!

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The former Daily Bugle Editor-in-Chief has stepped over the line more than a couple times!

On January 11 in SILK #16, it appears the venerable J. Jonah Jameson has struck an alliance with—or perhaps sworn allegiance to—The Jackal. While this might shock some, Jameson has a long history of associating with some pretty shady characters when it suits his purposes. We look back on some of the higher profile bad choices the mustachioed man from the Daily Bugle has made.

To Slay a Spider
When Spencer Smythe goes door-to-door to promote his brand, Jameson initially turns away the clearly mad scientist on account of him being clearly mad. However, Triple J cannot help himself and before long he has the remote control to guide Slayer and uses it to follow Spidey around the city.

When the time comes to strike, the Slayer initially proves quite the tool, preventing the Webhead from attaching to walls and, eventually, ensnaring Spider-Man. In the end though, defeat gets snatched from the jaws of victory when Peter Parker, even while captured, figures out how to mess with the robot’s circuitry, shutting it down.

Once More, With Feeling
Despite his general disposition, Jameson apparently has a hidden optimistic streak because he went back to Smythe for another Slayer without any evidence to suggest that this had become a better idea from the last time he tried.

Ultimately, this go around, JJJ got overruled by his mad scientist colleague who would not be satisfied with a simple W. Instead, Smythe seized control of the machine from the newspaper man and forced the issue, hoping to utterly disgrace the arachnid. By pressing his advantage however, it allows Spider-Man to prolong the fight and bombard the robot with so many spiders, it became too overwhelmed to work.

Surely Third Time Will Be a Charm Though
Apparently deciding only a spider can beat another spider, the Smythe-Jameson duo took their act on the road one more time, this time with a Slayer that looked like the eight legged creature it so hated.

Predictably, Smythe took control of the robot from Jameson once again. This time, however, Smythe—doing the thing that Jonah apparently cannot and learning from past mistakes—settled for knocking out the Webslinger and stealing some lab equipment instead of trying to definitively ruin Spidey.

A Shady P.I.
While his actions sometimes suggest otherwise, J. Jonah Jameson has smarts. Those smarts led him to realize that there could be more than one way to defeat Spider-Man and if the route of physical violence seemed to be a no-go, perhaps an old fashioned unmasking would work.

To that end, JJJ went to the phone book and searched for “Amoral Investigators” and found Mac Gargan as the first listing. Gargan, who loved money more than doing the right thing, took the job straight away. While he failed, he and Jameson’s bond led to a far bigger assignment.

Know Thy Sting
Sensing that while he proved unequal to the task of discovering who dwelled under the mask of Spider-Man he might still prove useful, Jameson approached Gargan and offered him another opportunity: a painful, highly experimental technique that could turn the P.I. into a super powered individual himself. Or could leave him dead.

Gargan decided “could” felt good enough to him and agreed. He survived the process to emerge as The Scorpion. While the emerald clad super villain did prove quite successful at first, Spidey quickly got his number and that, combined with Gargan’s increasingly precarious mental state, left him with a huge grudge against Jameson and a life as the Wallcrawler’s punching bag.

Seriously, Again?!
While Jameson and Smythe parted ways after the third Spider-Slayer, it seems that JJJ remained enamored of the concept, if not the scientist making them. So when a chance to still use the name and goal came without Smythe attached to, Jameson hopped on-board right away.

This fifth Slayer resulted from a collaboration between Jonah and future wife Dr. Marla Madison. Proving that JJJ went into journalism not engineering for a reason, the Slayer ended up done in by a falling statue, despite attacking Spidey at the same time as Will O’ the Wisp.

Osborn’s Stooge
Blackmailed and fearing for his family’s life, Jameson agrees to let Norman Osborn seize control of the Bugle. Acting as a sort of PR wing for Osborn, JJJ quickly began to crack under stress and knowing his very actions ran aground of journalistic ethics.

Nearly driven to murder by the experience, Jameson ends up saved by Osborn’s own deteriorating mental health. Forced underground by the Goblin serum’s deleterious effect, Osborn gives up the Bugle along the way, getting Jameson out from underneath the super villain’s thumb and keeping the newspaper man from going too far down the path he found himself on.

See what the future holds for J. Jonah Jameson in the pages of SILK!

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The artist discusses Cindy Moon's involvement in the upcoming crossover!

Robbie Thompson and Tana Ford plan to keep Cindy Moon on her toes as SILK continues. Thompson kicked the All-New, All-Different series off by making it seem like the title character had gone bad as a way to get information about her family; now she’s heading to another dimension with an alternate version of herself in charge of the group hunting her down as part of the Spider-Women crossover.

The fun kicks off with SPIDER-WOMEN ALPHA #1, then moves into SPIDER-GWEN #7, SILK #7, SPIDER-WOMAN #6, plus one more entry in each series and then ending with SPIDER-WOMEN OMEGA #1.

The story starts with Cindy, Jessica and the baby visiting Gwen on Earth 65. Meant to be a relaxing journey, things go south for the heroines when the mysterious organization known as S.I.L.K., led by Earth 65’s Cindy Moon, appears to give them trouble.

Stuck on Gwen’s world, the arachnid-themed heroes try to figure out what’s going on and how to get back home. For her part, in SILK #7, Cindy looks into her counterpart while also trying to discover exactly S.I.L.K.’s game.

We talked with Ford about coming back to SILK in time for the character’s latest crossover, rendering alternate realities, and bouncing Cindy off of her sisters in webs.

Marvel.com: SILK #7 brings the book into the Spider-Women crossover. Was there a lot of collaboration with the other writers and artists about the newly introduced characters and alternate reality ones?

Tana Ford: There was a fair amount of collaboration, yes, [and] the credit for which goes directly to our amazing editorial staff. I work directly with Nick [Lowe], Devin [Lewis] and new to me this issue Kathleen Wisneski, who handled my requests for reference—Tana Ford, always asking for more reference—with aplomb.

I don’t want to reveal too much, but I think I can safely say that the villainous reveal at the end of SILK #7 involves a fresh take on a familiar face, who had already been drawn in some of the other crossover books, so I wanted to be sure that I got those changes right when it came to me to make this character come to life.

Marvel.com: The story finds Cindy in both her own universe and Spider Gwen’s. What went into making those look similar, yet unique?

Tana Ford: Two words: Ian Herring. Ian has got to be one of the hardest working and most talented colorists in the business and he pays attention. He understands how to shift gears away from our Silky reds and blacks, into the vivid tones that characterize Gwen’s universe—the saturated, ethereal realness of it.

Marvel.com: What can you tell us about S.I.L.K., the organization that seems to be chasing down our favorite arachnid themed women?

Tana Ford: Classified!

Marvel.com: Fair enough! This story also involves an alternate reality version of Cindy. How do the two differ from a design standpoint?

Tana Ford: The secret is in the body language, not just in the change of clothing or costume. Since these two women are, essentially, the same woman, the choices I make about how to frame them, how they hold themselves, how I choreograph their scenes together will really serve to define these two as separate people to the reader.

Marvel.com: SILK has given you the chance to draw Silk, Spider-Woman, Spider Gwen, and a variety of other characters. How do you balance putting your own spin on them and sticking with the existing designs?

Tana Ford: For me this is the best part of the job. I am an artist that loves the detail, loves the minutiae of storytelling. With Black Cat for instance I take special care to sculpt the cat shaped buckles that adorn her outfit. I think cosplayers and careful readers especially love this sort of thing. I feel like I know Cindy Moon—after almost 100 pages of drawing her, that’s hardly surprising!—but with women like Gwendolyn and Jess, they feel more like new friends to me, new faces. I try to make them look like real people, people you might know or see on the street. I never take the cookie-cutter face-shape approach. The more alive they seem to me the more real they will come across to the reader. For me that’s the real joy in doing this kind of work.

SILK #7 brings Cindy Moon’s series into the Spider-Women crossover thanks to Robbie Thompson and Tana Ford on April 20!

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With her struggles mounting, a new figure enters the tattered life of Cindy Moon!

Life since emerging from the bunker has not been all Cindy Moon hoped it would be for her. Instead, it has been a series of confusing encounters, bruising battles, and emotional wreckage leaving her over her head and gasping for relief.

“Cindy is overwhelmed,” concedes SILK writer Robbie Thompson. “She has a lot going on, probably too much going on. Part of the reason why is because she’s hell-bent on figuring out where her family is, and part of it is because she’s making up for lost time being locked in the bunker.

“Part of it is because she’s avoiding dealing with some real internal pain. She’s been confronted with her anger, but anger is often a symptom of a much deeper issue. Exploring Cindy’s inner life is something editor Nick Lowe and I have talked about from the beginning.”

Unfortunately, the rest of the world does not seem to respect Silk’s emotional journey. The latest evidence of that comes in the form of the mysterious Espectro—the very mysterious Espectro.

“He’s a mystery!” Thompson confirms. “Wrapped in a riddle!”

While the writer might enjoy keeping readers in suspense, he does allow a bit more to slip out along the way.

“Silk is going to find out that she and Espectro have something in common: they’re both not fans of Goblin Nation,” he reveals. “So, he’s helpful and likes beating up the people she likes to beat up, so all that kind works for her—for now; having said that, we’ll see in upcoming issues that Espectro knows a lot about Silk, maybe more than she’d care for him to know.”

Two artists help the writer to bring Espectro to life, something the writer makes sure to point out quickly.

“Tana [Ford] came in at the end of our first arc and just knocked it out of the park,” Thompson enthuses. “I’ve just seen her pencils on issue #6 and they’re also awesome. I think she’s totally hitting her stride artistically on this book, and I’m thrilled to be collaborating with her on this story and bringing this character to life. There’s a wonderful sense of both grittiness and personality to her work that’s the perfect mix for showing both Silk and Cindy’s inner world.

“We also have Veronica Fish coming in for issues #4 and #5 of SILK and her work has also been outstanding,” he reveals. “Finding the balance visually between a big, fun super hero scene and then a character’s internal life is no easy task. I’m so grateful to [editors] Nick Lowe and Devin Lewis for pairing me up with these amazing and talented artists.”

So once again, Thompson and his collaborators prepare to thrust Silk into a situation that she may be ill-prepared for, putting yet another barrier between her and some kind of stability. Each new obstacle will continue to challenge her physically and mentally, pledges the writer:

“Shining a light on Cindy’s mental health has been my favorite part of her ongoing story. So while it’s full steam ahead for Silk, there’s a lot going on internally, and that internal struggle, left unchecked, might cause problems for her many lives.”

Pick up SILK #3, on sale now!

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Get caught in Cindy Moon's web - with art by Stacey Lee!

This November, meet the Sinister Silk. That’s right True Believer, Cindy Moon is back… and she’s running with the Black Cat and her gang?! Marvel is pleased to present SILK, the new ongoing series from writer Robbie Thompson and artist Stacey Lee!

Since she escaped the bunker and returned from the universe-hopping Spider-Verse her one mission has been to track down the missing members of her family. But her quest has taken her down a darker path than she ever expected, and now she’s found herself on the wrong side of the law, and in league with Marvel’s most ferocious feline, the Black Cat. What could have happened in the eight months since Secret Wars to get under her skin? Is there any redeeming her, or is she already lost? Find out this November in the all-new SILK #1!

SILK #1 (SEP150746)
Written by ROBBIE THOMPSON
Art by STACEY LEE
Cover by HELEN CHEN
Variant Cover by W. SCOTT FORBES (SEP150748)
Hip-Hop Variant by WOO DAE SHIM (SEP150747)
On-Sale – 11/11/15

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An exclusive look inside the cover art process for the new series starring Cindy Moon!

Cindy Moon will crawl a fine line between good and evil when her new series SILK launches on November 18. Written by Robbie Thompson and drawn by Stacey Lee with covers by Helen Chen, the new ongoing examines how far the character will go to find the family she lost.

Silk first appeared in Dan Slott’s AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. Readers soon discovered that the spider that bit Peter Parker also bit Cindy, but the latter wound up unable to control her abilities and got locked up by Ezekiel. Eventually freed, Silk became a heroine in her own right going on to help out with Spider-Verse and headline a solo series by Thompson and Lee.

In the All-New, All-Different Marvel Universe Silk still searches for her family, but now she’s working for Black Cat and might have turned to the dark side. We talked with cover artist Helen Chen about developing the reader’s first look at this new book.

Marvel.com: Generally speaking, what kind of notes are you given before jumping into a cover assignment?

Helen Chen: Generally Robbie [and editors] Nick [Lowe] and Devin [Lewis] give me a short blurb about the issue and some suggestions of what they’d like the cover to communicate, like making sure to include Black Cat for issue #2.

Marvel.com: When it came to designing the cover for SILK #1, were there specific details you were given about posing or composition?

Helen Chen: The prompt for this one was pretty fun; it had to be clear right away that Silk had “switched teams” so to speak, so the robbing a bank idea came straight from the [creative] team. They suggested that Silk could be in the middle of robbing the bank and also liked the idea of incorporating extra characters in the scene that could react appropriately to Silk as well, which I think really helped the final cover.

Marvel.com: A big part of the new SILK launch is that she might be crossing a few lines in the search for her parents. Was that something you were looking to incorporate into the cover?

Helen Chen: I wasn’t specifically trying to work in that angle with her search for her parents, since the broader idea I tried to communicate was the notion that the Silk in this new relaunch is maybe not the same Silk that we last saw.

Marvel.com: Were there any other specific aspects of the character or story you were looking to highlight when developing the pitches?

Helen Chen: I really tend to enjoy covers that have strong graphic appeal, and so when I do thumbnails for SILK I try to give a variety of compositions that are simple to read. It takes a few rounds of notes from the writers and editors though to really work in the story aspect. For example SILK #2 had Black Cat on the cover and most of the notes I received involved hinting at more of the story within the issue, like Black Cat holding a microchip and having an overall more sinister look.

Marvel.com: From your perspective, what are the most important elements of a good cover and how did you incorporate those into SILK?

Helen Chen: I come from a background of doing a lot of art for films and so I have pretty specific ideas about what I feel make a strong visual image. Usually it includes a lot of use of shape and silhouette versus high contrast rendering. One of my favorite figurative illustrators was Robert McGinnis and I love the way he blocks out and simplifies his figures, and takes care not to over-render. For me, a successful cover should be easy to read and understand immediately, but have details and hints at story layered in for when people have the chance to really look at it.

SILK #1 from Robbie Thomson, Stacey Lee, and cover artist Helen Chen wall-crawls into stores on November 18.

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Robbie Thompson pairs Cindy Moon with Black Cat, touts the work of Stacey Lee, and more!

Adversity remains a constant companion for Cindy Moon in SILK. The new heroine finds out what it takes to get what she wants and the cost may be more than she’s ready to pay in a new volume this November.

Silk’s goal always focused on finding the missing members of her family since she escaped a decade of isolation. But her quest has taken her down a darker path than she ever intended, thanks to Felicia Hardy, aka Black Cat.

In this new interview with SILK writer Robbie Thompson, he discusses the complexities of a Moon/Hardy partnership and the appeal of teaming with Stacey Lee.

Marvel.com: Would I be wrong if I speculated that one reason you love working with Stacey Lee is the emotional resonance she brings to much of her art?

Robbie Thompson: It’s one of many things I love about Stacey’s work! She is so incredibly talented, and such a fantastic storyteller. She and colorist Ian Herrington have formed an amazing team, both so talented.

My favorite part of the process of making comics is the “Lettering Pass,” when all the art is in and you can see how the words flow with the pictures. Almost every issue of SILK, I end up cutting down captions or balloons, or cutting them out completely because of what Stacey’s done performance wise with the characters or with how she’s laid the page out. Stacey is an absolute rock star and I am very lucky to work with her.

Marvel.com: Cindy is a character who seems always able to overcome adversity no matter what. Is this a quality that will be a hallmark of the new series as well? 

Robbie Thompson: Yes it will, for sure; that’s the characteristic that drew me to her from the second [Silk co-creators] Dan [Slott] and [artist] Humberto got her out of the bunker! She just never gives up.

If I was in a bunker for 10 years, all I would want to do is eat Doritos, catch up on movies and curl up into a ball and cry. Most likely in that order. But that’s not Cindy. Not one bit. Life knocks her down repeatedly and she just keeps going. She never gives up.

That said, life is going to give her some serious knocks in the coming issues, and her resolve will be tested to its limits.

Silk (2015) #1 cover by Helen Chen

Silk (2015) #1 cover by Helen Chen

Marvel.com: What kind of plans do you have in store for the Black Cat? Does working with Silk/Cindy allow you to show a side of Ms. Hardy that folks might not have seen before?

Robbie Thompson: I love Felicia Hardy. Her life as Black Cat fascinates me and was one of the things that drew me to pitching Silk going to work for her—it’s an opportunity to dig into what’s going on in Felicia’s head, and understand why she’s broken so bad, and whether or not she’s broken for good, or can be redeemed.

Silk has issues with Black Cat, there’s no doubt about that. But now Silk is working for her. And as they get to know one another, they’re going to grow closer and we’ll wonder who is affecting whom as we delve deeper into Black Cat’s criminal plans. Is Silk a positive influence on Black Cat? Is Black Cat a negative influence? We’ll see!

Marvel.com: Without spoiling anything is it safe to say Cindy’s quest for her missing family is fueling a great deal of the action in this new arc? 

Robbie Thompson: Cindy’s quest to find her family fuels every part of her life, and we’ll see right from issue #1 where she’s at with that quest and how much farther she has to go. Without spoiling anything, I can say that one of Cindy’s chief opponents, as well as Black Cat’s, is a rival gang that’s potentially tied to her family. And that gang will be very familiar to Spidey fans: it’s none other than the Goblin Nation! The Goblin King is back, tan, rested and ready to give Cat a run for her money.

Marvel.com: How much fun have the covers been of late?

Robbie Thompson: SILK is continuing its streak of amazing cover artists with the re-launch. Dave Johnson did fantastic covers for [the first volume], and Helen Chen has joined the team for the All New, All Different SILK and her work is absolutely stunning!

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Robbie Thompson sends Cindy Moon into her Last Days as she struggles for answers while the Marvel Universe ends around her!

After 10 years hidden away from the world in an underground bunker, Cindy Moon emerged and became the hero known as Silk—Just in time to welcome the end of all existence in Secret Wars.

Cindy gets a personal view of Armageddon in SILK #7 this August, as her Last Days tick down.

“I feel terrible for Cindy!” confesses SILK writer Robbie Thompson. “She just got out of that damn bunker and has made a life for herself and made strides toward becoming a hero in her own right. Cindy’s lost so much time, so to learn that her world might end, now that she’s finally free, and finally coming in to her own—it’s a bittersweet pill to swallow.”

On the other hand, Thompson acknowledges that the story has a sort of full circle quality to it.

“Well, Silk was born out of a huge cosmic event story, so it’s only fitting to have the comic be bookended with another huge, cosmic event story!” he enthuses.

Thompson—and Cindy and the rest of the SILK supporting cast by extension—refuse to be defined by the cosmic chaos, however.

“As we did with the launch of the book, though, our focus is on a more personal angle into this large event, grounding it as Cindy tries to make peace with the fact that the world she’s only had a small taste of may be coming to an end,” the writer explains. “We’ll definitely get to see Cindy/Silk and the people in her life react to the events of Secret Wars.”

End of the world or not, Silk refuses to give up on her goals, especially in regards to reconnecting with her family. She will not buckle to whatever the fates bring down upon her.

“Cindy is going to keep living life as long as she can, trying to get the answers she desperately needs with regards to the whereabouts of her family,” Thompson promises. “What I love about Cindy is that she has faced such adversity—from being bitten by a radioactive spider, to being locked away in a bunker for a decade, to travelling to different worlds and facing the Inheritors in Spider-Verse. Yet through it all, she’s never given up. She keeps swinging no matter how the deck has been stacked against her.”

What will that attitude mean when her Last Days conclude? Thompson refuses to say for sure, but that does not mean readers should rule out Silk quite yet:

“She’s going to keep swinging and so are we!”

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