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Scarlet Spider #24 - Hands Covered In Blood Part 1 Review

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Kaine's encounter with Kraven has changed everything. Will his friends still stand by his side? Will he still want to be Scarlet Spider?

The Good

SCARLET SPIDER has been all about Kaine's effort to become a proper hero. Sometimes he'd earn a win and it would be great to see his inspiration and motivation grow. Other times things wouldn't go down in an exactly ideal manner and it would once again make Kaine question whether or not he has what it takes to be like Peter Parker or Ben Reilly. So when an encounter with the Kravinoff family put the people he cares about at risk and left one of them critically injured, you can bet he's going to seriously doubt himself.

The "one step forward, two steps back" situation is something we're very familiar with at this point, but given the circumstances, it's totally fitting and serves as a great opportunity to really dive into the character. Seeing Kaine revert to "emo/angry" mode sometimes bothers me a bit -- especially after he makes such progress -- but I really believe it's appropriate in this situation and I love how, despite Kaine's mentality, co-writers Christopher Yost and Erik Burnham don't make the issue entirely mopey. For example, they're able to turn what is debatably his angriest moment into something that'll absolutely earn a smile or even laugh from you. It's a nice little tonal shift but it never really detracts from our ability to feel all of the guilt in his heart.

The two writers also go full-speed ahead with Aracely's still fairly mysterious plot and do so without having it detract from the spotlight on Parker's clone. Then, they also throw in a familiar face (if you're a longtime reader of the book). Heck, there's even a blatant nod to an iconic Spider-Man moment. Needless to say, they cover quite a lot of ground in this one and end it on a note that'll definitely leave you demanding to know what happens next.

The Bad

Chris Sotomayor's coloring is a good fit for animated vibe the book has often produced. However, David Baldeon's art here contrasts with the energetic atmosphere by offering seemingly rushed pencils. The detail fluctuates heavily in quite a few panels and many have a rougher and far sketchier feeling. It's not a bad looking book, but it's certainly distracting when someone's facial expression has an excessive amount of lines.

Oh, and if you haven't been following along, you're definitely going to feel lost in the final act. The opening recap doesn't have a blurb about the previous events surrounding a character who makes a return in this issue.

The Verdict

Yost and Burnham juggle a lot of material here yet still successfully provide a character-driven chapter and understandably so given what went down in "Into the Grave." We've seen Kaine walk the "I suck at being a hero" road plenty of times before, but given the sheer weight of everything surrounding him, it's a completely justified and well-executed path. The only thing really bringing this chapter down is a sometimes sketchier style which doesn't really fit all that well with the bold coloring -- it unfortunately comes off as rushed. It's too bad there's only one issue left in the series but here's hoping they'll make the best of it.

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Edited by TheCheeseStabber

The Cover Art Brings Up an Interesting Question

How do Comic Characters With Beards wear Masks?

Posted by Skinja

The Scarlet Spider no more part had me in stitches.

Posted by Fallschirmjager

why does it have to end????
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Edited by TheAcidSkull

I don't know how Yost does it but he manages to out-do himself each time. I loved this issue, so many interesting things are happening right now, but that's kinda the problem. There is only ONE issue left so having the last few moments of the issue be flooded with so much elements and concepts just makes me feel worried. I'm not saying it's bad, quite the contrary, i think it's good, but a lot of good writers fail to wrap their final arcs up because so many things are usually happening at the same time,therefore at the end of the day it feels like a lost potential. Indestructible Hulks AGENT OF TIME arc is a prime example of that.

Despite my worries, I'm extremely excited. Plus the art was amazing.

Edited by PunyParker

The Cover Art Brings Up an Interesting Question

How do Comic Characters With Beards wear Masks?

So smart guys like you ask questions.

BEARD KAINE FTW!!!!

Posted by PunyParker

I don't know who Yost does it but he manages to out-do himself each time. I loved this issue, so many interesting things are happening right now, but that is where my problem lies too. There is only ONE issue left so having the last few moments of the issue be flooded with so much elements and concepts just makes me feel worried. I'm not saying it's bad, quite the contrary, i think it's good, but a lot of good writers fail to wrap their final arcs up because so many things are usually happening at the same time,therefore at the end of the day it feels like a lost potential. Indestructible Hulks AGENT OF TIME arc is a prime example of that.

Despite my worries, I'm extremely excited. Plus the art was amazing.

It's c-written.That worried me,and the issues have not got the "magic" older issues had.

Posted by TheCheeseStabber

@thecheesestabber said:

The Cover Art Brings Up an Interesting Question

How do Comic Characters With Beards wear Masks?

So smart guys like you ask questions.

BEARD KAINE FTW!!!!

Didnt Pete Have a beard once?

Posted by PunyParker

@punyparker said:

@thecheesestabber said:

The Cover Art Brings Up an Interesting Question

How do Comic Characters With Beards wear Masks?

So smart guys like you ask questions.

BEARD KAINE FTW!!!!

Didnt Pete Have a beard once?

Yep.Norman-Peter.Peter Parker the Goblin Heir.

Also a bonus

Posted by TheCheeseStabber
Posted by PunyParker
Posted by TheCheeseStabber
Posted by PunyParker

Norman kept Pete locked in a room for days.......uncomfortable is the least that can be said.

Posted by YourNeighborhoodComicGeek

This issue had so much going on and yet without any action. I really liked it.

Posted by k4tzm4n

This issue had so much going on and yet without any action. I really liked it.

Yeah, it's very nice to take a break from the fights and focus on Kaine. Really enjoyed this one.

Posted by YourNeighborhoodComicGeek

@k4tzm4n said:

@yourneighborhoodcomicgeek said:

This issue had so much going on and yet without any action. I really liked it.

Yeah, it's very nice to take a break from the fights and focus on Kaine. Really enjoyed this one.

The next issue is going to be absolutely crazy though. You can tell just from the ending.

And that part with Shathra tricking Kaine into getting into bed with her. That is messed up!

Posted by laflux

@k4tzm4n said:

@yourneighborhoodcomicgeek said:

This issue had so much going on and yet without any action. I really liked it.

Yeah, it's very nice to take a break from the fights and focus on Kaine. Really enjoyed this one.

The next issue is going to be absolutely crazy though. You can tell just from the ending.

And that part with Shathra tricking Kaine into getting into bed with her. That is messed up!

@strider92 probably got wood from that lol.

Posted by YourNeighborhoodComicGeek

@laflux said:

@yourneighborhoodcomicgeek said:

@k4tzm4n said:

@yourneighborhoodcomicgeek said:

This issue had so much going on and yet without any action. I really liked it.

Yeah, it's very nice to take a break from the fights and focus on Kaine. Really enjoyed this one.

The next issue is going to be absolutely crazy though. You can tell just from the ending.

And that part with Shathra tricking Kaine into getting into bed with her. That is messed up!

@strider92 probably got wood from that lol.

LMAO. The awkward elevator part with Anabelle and Zoe was pretty funny too.

Posted by Strider92

@laflux said:

@yourneighborhoodcomicgeek said:

@k4tzm4n said:

@yourneighborhoodcomicgeek said:

This issue had so much going on and yet without any action. I really liked it.

Yeah, it's very nice to take a break from the fights and focus on Kaine. Really enjoyed this one.

The next issue is going to be absolutely crazy though. You can tell just from the ending.

And that part with Shathra tricking Kaine into getting into bed with her. That is messed up!

@strider92 probably got wood from that lol.

Reaction GIF: smile, Jim Carrey

Posted by YourNeighborhoodComicGeek

@laflux said:

@yourneighborhoodcomicgeek said:

@k4tzm4n said:

@yourneighborhoodcomicgeek said:

This issue had so much going on and yet without any action. I really liked it.

Yeah, it's very nice to take a break from the fights and focus on Kaine. Really enjoyed this one.

The next issue is going to be absolutely crazy though. You can tell just from the ending.

And that part with Shathra tricking Kaine into getting into bed with her. That is messed up!

@strider92 probably got wood from that lol.

Posted by DrewHLMW

The shape shifter was Shathra, but isn't she dead. when did she come back?

Glad we will still be able to follow Kaine and Aracely in New warriors since I assume Aracely will be the Hummingbird character. the character on the cover looks like the outfit Aracely was wearing in that arc with Wolverine

Posted by Strider92

@drewhlmw said:

The shape shifter was Shathra, but isn't she dead. when did she come back?

Well all we saw was her lying at the bottom of a pit in Peru covered in Spiders. That doesn't really count as dead in normal terms let alone comic ones lol.

@laflux said:

@strider92 probably got wood from that lol.

I must now go off and ship this pairing!

Joking aside why has Shathra gone from wanting to chow down on Spiders to wanting to get them into bed. Thats quite a big transition. Hopefully it'll be explained in the last issue.

Posted by akbogert
@skinja said:

The Scarlet Spider no more part had me in stitches.

Ditto.

@k4tzm4n said:

@yourneighborhoodcomicgeek said:

This issue had so much going on and yet without any action. I really liked it.

Yeah, it's very nice to take a break from the fights and focus on Kaine. Really enjoyed this one.

The next issue is going to be absolutely crazy though. You can tell just from the ending.

And that part with Shathra tricking Kaine into getting into bed with her. That is messed up!

I don't think I had time to fully realize just how creepy/rapey that was. *shudders a lot*

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Side note: can we have an Aracely miniseries? Please?