Marvel’s New Spider-Hero Cover Is Body Horror Nightmare Fuel

After a shocking finale in Silk #3, the preview for next month’s issue shows the gruesome situation Silk finds himself in with body horror inspiration.

Warning: Contains spoilers for Silk #3

In Marvel Comics, Spider Man has had its fair share of creepy covers over the years, but the preview art for the next issue of Silk is fuel for a body horror nightmare. At this point, Spider-Man related storylines involving gigantic spider transformations or other gruesome imagery are a mainstay. But there’s just something about next month’s cover Silk although it is very different, and the beautiful illustrations show why.

To put things into context, the latest issue of Silk by Emily Kim and Takeshi Miyazawa follows the hero trying to solve the mystery behind rapidly aging social media influencers. After some serious deductions, she realizes that whoever is doing it sees social media as a kind of religion, which he uses to drain his influence and strengthen himself in power. Silk finally manages to have a close encounter with the villain: a Korean witch returned from the dead. As she struggles with it, the witch discovers that the webs she weaves with her fingers are bound to her and uses the moment to strike, sapping Silk’s energy. What happens next… is best illustrated by the gruesome cover art of Silk #4.

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The new cover art, beautifully crafted by artist Inhyuk Lee, showcases Silk after draining his energy from the witch. Her skin is wrinkled, her hair has turned completely white, and she stares at her hands in dread. What really sells the moment is the use of shadows that are all over the work. From shading on the wrinkles to the menacing shadow of old lady Cindy, dubbed by Marvel, on her back, it’s a horrifying moment for the young heroine as she realizes what has happened to her. The body she knew is gone. She’s several years old now, and she doesn’t know how she’ll recover, as the look of horror in her bulging eyes suggests.



Old Lady Cindy on Silk Number 4

What this cover best captures about body horror is its focus on change. Silk’s appearance modifications are front and center, with her costume appearance not taking the limelight. The art perfectly focuses the reader on the changes Silk has gone through to allow them to process what is happening. It’s something that’s been used for years by masters of body horror like David Cronenberg. Focusing on changing features rather than the body as a whole only underscores the horror of unwanted transformation, and Lee does it brilliantly. The greyness of the colors, the gruesome tone, the genuine sense of dread coming from Silk herself: it makes the reader want to know what’s next and how they’re going to get out of it because it’s something unexpected. and with very few paths for her to take to get out of her predicament.


Readers will have to wait until April 27 to own this amazing work in their comic book collection, as well as find out what’s next in Silkthe story. The cliffhanger ending for issue #3 has certainly caught the attention of comic book readers, and it’ll be interesting to see how she reverses the effects of her sudden transformation while facing off against an even more powerful villain. For now though, this new cover art from Lee should rightfully be cherished as fantastic body horror nightmare fuel and one of the best Spider Man universe cover arts to date.

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