The Amazing Spider-Man issue four is an issue fans have been anticipating since the return of Peter Parker and the return of this series…we get to finally see Silk. Since issue one, there have been hints about her; the first three issues started off with a glimpse of her and we saw that she was being held in a facility where she had no windows or access to the outside world. All of this was due to the fact that she was bit by the same radioactive spider that bit Peter years ago, the one that gave them their powers.
The issue starts off with Peter and his associates testing out an “Anti-Electro netting,” to see if it could hold Electro in a real situation. During this time, Peter receives a message from The Avengers, and he tells Anna Maria that he has to leave immediately. Once he makes his way out, Sajani shows up asking Anna Maria where Peter went, and Sajani is so sick and tired of Peter running out all the time, enough excuses.
From there, Spider-Man heads on over to see the Marvel Superheroes in a huge battle, this is where the “Original Sin” tie-in occurs. We see a wonderfully illustrated page where Peter sees a lot of his memories; secrets that he was unaware about. He sees a girl get bit by the same spider that bit him years ago, then he sees her losing control of her powers in front of her parents. Her name is Cindy Moon, and she receives help from Ezekiel Sims. Spider-Man sees where she is being treated, so he leaves the Marvel Heroes and heads towards Cindy Moon’s location.
Spider-Man arrives to Ezekiel’s old building, and he has a strong feeling that Cindy’s there, so he busts his way in. Spider-Man sees an automated message from Ezekiel, but because he’s sick of hearing his lies, Spider-Man smashes the monitors. Spider-Man talks to Cindy through the door that’s holding her in her windowless room, and because Spider-Man knows the code, he enters it on the keypad and sets her free. At first she’s upset because she feels like Spider-Man setting her free means they’re going to die, but he explains things to her. Far, far away, we see a shadowy figure, and he senses that the “spider-bride” was set free. And he states that from this moment on, “…let all hell break loose.”
After talking to Spider-Man for a bit, Cindy realizes that she’s truly free, and she spins a webbed costume on for herself, then she gives herself the name of “Silk.” She goes out web-swinging for freedom, and Spider-Man follows her. Then we see The Black Cat up to no good, and she kidnaps Sajani, so she can tell her about the tech at Parker Industries. The issue ends with Silk and Spider-Man swinging around town, and a variety of emotions encounter Cindy Moon, but by issue’s end panel, things may work out for the two spider-powered characters. Only time will tell.
This new revamped “Amazing Spider-Man” series is great thus far. It’s nice how the creative team slowly gave us a glimpse of Silk, and having her as the main focus in this issue is presented well. It’s also nice to finally see her and what she can do, considering she was bit by the same radioactive spider that bit Peter. This issue is a tie-in to the major story line going on in the Marvel Universe, “Original Sin,” but the story is written in a way so that the readers aren’t confused with what’s going on with that story. I was a bit worried that this story would confuse me a bit, because I’m not currently reading “Original Sin,” nor do I plan on reading it any time soon, but that didn’t happen, this story flowed well with the current continuity of The Amazing Spider-Man. The artwork was phenomenal in this issue, the creative team scored another winner with this issue. I give The Amazing Spider-Man issue four a 4.5 out of 5 stars, definitely worth picking up and reading. Written by Dan Slott, penciled by Humberto Ramos, inked by Victor Olazaba, and colored by Edgar Delgado. The issue has 21 pages, retails for $3.99, and is available now in print or on digital formats.