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Scarlet Spider #12.1 - The Mark Review

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Kaine investigates human trafficking in Houston and it leads him right to the Hand.

The Good

SCARLET SPIDER is quickly becoming one of Marvel's best books. This is a .1 issue, so it dives into a lot of familiar territory (who Kaine is and what he thinks of himself), but it does so while setting up an enticing story. The Hand and Kingpin? Yes, please!

Usually I'm not the biggest fan of artwork changing in a book but in this case I honestly didn't mind at all. Both groups did a tremendous job with the issue and I exclaimed "wow" at least twice during my first read through. The panel with Kaine perched on a rooftop in the rain is simply brilliant. Both teams handled his fights very well, too (and there's plenty of action to be found here). The "nose scene" was savage and the battle with the Hand was quite entertaining as well. Each creative team had excellent use of motion and it was on full display during these violent encounters (best headbutt ever?).

This issue dives into some dark territory (human trafficking) and it's only fitting to have such a dark hero handle the issue. He recognizes it's a problem often overlooked and knows he's the man for the job. This is conveyed through an exceptionally nice twist on the often used "great power" speech and it's accompanied by an image of Kaine that's more than suitable.

The Bad

Bruiser's a tough street level character, but even Daredevil was able to draw blood with a kick to his face. Because of that, I don't see why Bruiser should go entirely unfazed by a superhuman strike from Kaine. Honestly, I think Kaine should wipe the floor with Bruiser thanks to his speed and strength, but it's clear the character has been upgraded just to be more formidable for Scarlet Spider. I guess I'll just have to accept that despite disagreeing with it. Who knows, maybe Christopher Yost will provide some explanation for his upgrade.

And is it just me or does Aracely look super pissed off while she sleeps? I loved the art in this book but that panel (and Kaine's face while watching her) was without question the weakest part of the issue.

The Verdict

While this issue does retread a lot of Kaine's self-loathing (they won't love me if they know what I've done!), that's easily overlooked by the simple fact that this is an amazingly entertaining issue. There's a plethora of energetic and brutal action and the groundwork is established for what will hopefully transform into a great story. I'm loving SCARLET SPIDER more and more with every issue. Do yourself a favor and pick up this issue if you're even remotely curious about the character.

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Posted by mightypug78

i think the scarlet spider is going to be the next spiderman.

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Posted by Rixec
And is it just me or does Aracely look super pissed off while she sleeps? I loved the art in this book but that panel (and Kaine's face while watching her) was without question the weakest part of the issue.

Aracely has her own powers though. She may have been reacting to Kaine's thoughts. He was right over her at the time.

Posted by scarspider

I absolutely second that idea. I wish he was Superior Spider-Man.

This was a great issue and I'm glad I've been following the series since it spawned out of Spider-Island. Being a Ben Reilly fan, I was disappointed at first when I found out the new Scarlet Spider would be Kaine. Despite that, I gave it a shot and I haven't looked back. It's been a great story and I look forward to what 2013 has in store for the clone of Peter Parker. Based on this issue I anticipate that it's only getting better.

Posted by k4tzm4n

@Rixec said:

And is it just me or does Aracely look super pissed off while she sleeps? I loved the art in this book but that panel (and Kaine's face while watching her) was without question the weakest part of the issue.

Aracely has her own powers though. She may have been reacting to Kaine's thoughts. He was right over her at the time.

Interesting point and a potential reasoning that completely eluded me. Nice.

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Posted by Deranged Midget

Seriously, this is by far one of the strongest titles coming out of Marvel. Yost is simply brillant and he continues to display that with each issue, delivering on the brutal nature of Kaine, the humour of his supporting cast and the thrilling, fast paced action.

Fantastic review Gregg.

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Posted by UlquiorraSchiffer

Definitely my favorite Spidery series on the market, and considering how much I was not a fan of that ending for amazing I think this will continue to be my favorite over superior as well.

Posted by HollowPrince665

I've loved this issue from the start. I cannot get enough of Kaine. I loved The Bruiser and it should be amazing to see where we go from here.

Posted by InnerVenom123

I think Aracely was reacting to Kaine's thoughts. At first she was sleeping peacefully, remember.

Posted by Deranged Midget

@InnerVenom123 said:

I think Aracely was reacting to Kaine's thoughts. At first she was sleeping peacefully, remember.

Well that seems like the most reasonable explanation. After all, in issue 6, she was able to track him around town just by hearing and feeling his thoughts.

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Posted by zackattack529

@mightypug78: Naa this title is still continuing within marvel now, so i doubt that Cain will take the mantle as "Superior Spiderman" But from what ive read online and in previews, it seems that the new spiderman displays similar character traits as cain/scarlet spider.

Posted by Omegus

I just picked this up today and I read it 6 times because it such a great issue but then again I love Kaine in this series. Mind you he is No Ben Reilly by any means. But he has made the Scarlet Spider mantle more Bad Ass. Great review.

Posted by rley616

This series keeps getting better and better with the end of uncanny x force this and venom take top of the pile. Although am a little disappointed with the the direction of spider man atm kain and venom will never have there confrontation with parker

Posted by pulseangel666

@Deranged Midget said:

Seriously, this is by far one of the strongest titles coming out of Marvel. Yost is simply brillant and he continues to display that with each issue, delivering on the brutal nature of Kaine, the humour of his supporting cast and the thrilling, fast paced action.

Fantastic review Gregg.

This! Scarlet just keep getting better!

Posted by The Mast

Here's the thing...

I really like this series...but we've seen it a million times before. What could, essentially, be The Punisher meets Spider-Man has become the same old anti-hero story where he is the reluctant hero and struggles to do the right thing. "I WILL KILL YOU!" You won't, Kaine. You won't.

I WANT that. I want him to take on a role more akin to The Punisher. I want him to take who he is, the monster that he is, and AIM it. Not change it. It's what went wrong with Venom eventually.

Posted by RedRobinTimDrake

Bruiser could not get knocked to the ground in the DD comic so i dont know how scarlet-spider kicked him into wall DD had to find his place of gravity and then he broke Bruisers leg

Posted by bigboi10000

@mightypug78: It's doc ock is pete's body though.

Posted by Tragicmagic

I really like this review. I just bought the comic a couple of days agoi and so far your review has held true...especially about Bruiser being overpowered in the book...