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Scarlet Spider #25 - Hands Covered In Blood Part 2 Review

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It's the series finale and Kaine is finally heading to Mexico. But what makes him leave Houston?

The Good

We've been fearing this day for awhile and now it's finally here: the very last issue of Christopher Yost's SCARLET SPIDER. Yost has introduced a lot of characters and plot threads during his run with Peter Parker's clone, but ultimately, this one's all about the book's two key characters: Kaine and Aracely.

As always, the dynamic between the two (Aracely's bubbly personality vs. Kaine's blunt nature) is lovable and there's a few good jabs throw in this finale. If you follow the news about these characters, then you know they do indeed have a future with Marvel and Yost dedicates much of this issue to setting these two on a new path -- essentially wrapping up this story while loosely teasing a whole new adventure for the duo. The justification for their trip to Mexico and Kaine's morale taking a dive yet again is solid. It's not quite as emotional as I had hoped and Kaine's connection to the supporting cast reaches a swift conclusion, but Yost makes up for that by delivering a strong internal voice for Kaine and series of exciting and explosive events. In the end, we all know Kaine truly is a hero, but the logic behind him thinking otherwise is sound, especially given what he does to "save the day."

Yost's script has everything from big cinematic moments to soothing character-driven scenes, and for the most part, artist David Baldeon and colorist Chris Sotomayor make it all look good. It strikes a nice animated tone, yet never comes off as feeling too cartoonish. Sometimes the facial work is a bit distracting (too much attention to detail or grins which cover the entire width of a face), but there's some really impressive work with the action scene in the city. Also, I really dug a couple of the establishing shots and more relaxing moments in Mexico. It's never quite as detailed as the chaos back in Texas, but the attention given to the sky makes it particularly calming.

The Bad

Yost does a fine job setting Kaine and Aracely on a new path, but a stronger and more direct/blatant connection to what their future holds (aka NEW WARRIORS) would have been really appreciated. Also, maybe it's just me, but the handling of the time in the beginning was a bit confusing during the first read through. I have to assume the opening scene is in the future, but there was no caption informing us of that -- it's something that'll just make sense after the first handful of scenes.

I'm not sure if Chistopher Yost is a big Breaking Bad fan, but Kaine drops a very famous line from the show and, while definitely cool, it removed the illusion of being in this fictional world and made me think of the totally different one with Walter White.

I understand Yost is working with very limited space to close this series, but it would have been nice to see his supporting cast receive a little more time. Maybe if we're lucky they'll appear in NEW WARRIORS.

The Verdict

All in all, SCARLET SPIDER leaves us the same way it came into this world: sharply written and full of eye-pleasing action. Except for Arcaley, the focus on Kaine's friends is mainly pushed aside to let Yost really dive into the clone's head and justify him finally accomplishing what he's apparently always wanted: a getaway to Mexico.

It's terrible to see this book go (I sincerely hope Marvel releases an omnibus), but at least we know these two characters will remain in Yost's more than able hands as they switch to the upcoming team book NEW WARRIORS. You'll be missed, SCARLET SPIDER.

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Edited by PunyParker

Amen.

Kaine Parker.True brother.

Posted by Skinja

It was a good issue but the Breaking Bad reference was really forced.

Posted by HollowPrince65

I am going to miss this book :( I love Kaine and I don't know if I'll like him in a team book...

Posted by angelalfonso

SSP 24 can wait until tomorrow or the day after; today, this is the book I’m going to get.

Posted by CaptainHoopla

Books get cancelled all the time, but this is one of the very few I'm actually sad/disappointed to see end. It's been a great series. Yost, Kaine, and Aracely are the reason I'll be checking out New Warriors, I hope it's as good as this has been.

Posted by laflux

@strider92 @theacidskull Mourn with me!!!! :(((

@k4tzm4n

I did get emotional when I saw this at the end of the issue.

Concerning the issue, I kinda feel that Shantra kinda jobbed out a bit, but then again Morlun was killed in the same way by Ascended Spider-Man, so maybe it isn't to bad. It seemed a bit rushed to be fair, but I feel the open ended nature of the finale means that it can revisit it in the future.

He is in Mexico right now, so maybe he can get entangled with Black Tarantula in the future (one can dream :P).

Edited by Jonny_Anonymous

@laflux said:

@strider92 @theacidskull Mourn with me!!!! :(((

@k4tzm4n

I did get emotional when I saw this at the end of the issue.

Concerning the issue, I kinda feel that Shantra kinda jobbed out a bit, but then again Morlun was killed in the same way by Ascended Spider-Man, so maybe it isn't to bad. It seemed a bit rushed to be fair, but I feel the open ended nature of the finale means that it can revisit it in the future.

He is in Mexico right now, so maybe he can get entangled with Black Tarantula in the future (one can dream :P).

:'-(

Posted by danhimself

yeah I'm not a fan of them not touching on the supporting cast more...the stuff with Shantra just felt shoehorned in and took away time that could have been spent with the supporting cast which as great as Kaine is the supporting cast is what truly made this book great

Edited by TheAcidSkull

@laflux: Thous people were idiots. Kaine was basically shunned because he looks like a monster. Same as Hulk. people are dumb :'(

Loved this issue tho :P

Edited by PunyParker
Edited by k4tzm4n

@theacidskull said:

@laflux: Thous people were idiots. Kaine was basically shunned because he looks like a monster. Same as Hulk. people are dumb :'(

Loved this issue tho :P

Eh, I can understand it because he just didn't look like a monster, but he acted like one too when he defeated the villain. It's understandable that would frighten them, despite the fact he did indeed save them.

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Posted by TheAcidSkull

@k4tzm4n said:

@theacidskull said:

@laflux: Thous people were idiots. Kaine was basically shunned because he looks like a monster. Same as Hulk. people are dumb :'(

Loved this issue tho :P

Eh, I can understand it because he just didn't look like a monster, but he acted like one too when he defeated the villain. It's understandable that would frighten them, despite the fact he did indeed save them.

I'd be much more accepting.

i'd be more like " HOLY SH*T DUDE! THAT WAS F*CKING AMAZING!" but i get yer point.

Posted by YourNeighborhoodComicGeek

Only Yost can make red water so interesting.

Posted by PeppeyHare

;.;

Edited by Mrgreenlantern

it never could have made it to 25 without our support , give yourselves a pat on the back and a big thank you to the Scarlet Spider team for giving us such a fun book to look forward to month after month

This was the only book I can honestly say I would ask myself "When is the next issue out!"

Bittersweet ending but I wouldn't change a thing that got us here

P.S New Warriors I can see Annabelle making a return as either a new rogue for Kaine along with Zoe or I can see her being used to kick start a new arc for Kaine in the future with her inevitable death

This has to be mentioned over and over again Kaine IS the Superior Spider-man issue 25 highlights this on more than on occasion

P.S.S I absolutely loved the part where Kaine asks god to give him strength its just another dimension that sets him apart from Peter.

With Kaine being created in a lab what does he look for turning to god? also please let that priest Kaine would confess to make a cameo in New Warriors down the line =p

Posted by Fallschirmjager

:_(

Edited by Master_Thief

@k4tzm4n: can't get this issue till next week. can you explain to me what happens in this issue please

Posted by GraniteSoldier

First Venom, now Scarlet Spider. Marvel keeps ending their best books!

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Posted by cerial442

Still haven't seen Breaking Bad. What was the reference?

When Kaine caught Aracely, he then said Aracely and Annabel were too far away. Mistake?

Posted by Yung ANcient One

@skinja said:

It was a good issue but the Breaking Bad reference was really forced.

Don't tell me it was the "I am the one who knocks" line.

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Edited by Rixec

Really gonna miss this book. It really meshed heroism and tragedy really well. Kaine truly is a hero but with the serious Parker luck he has he's hardly able to see it. I can't wait to see him return in New Warriors.

Kaine was truly relatable - maybe even more so than Peter Parker. He shows us as we try to move on from the bad things in our life but keep getting followed by them. That's hard to deal with and Kaine truly shows the emotion one goes through with all that baggage. Really gonna miss his solo book, though. Maybe in a few years we'll have another one once again.

Edited by Strider92

@laflux: I'm crying manly tears right now.

Posted by sparty-dbq

And with that, there are officially zero Spider-Man related books on my pull list. Never thought it would ever get to this point.

Edited by CaptainHoopla

@sparty_dbq: Go pick up Superior Foes, best new book of the year. It's hysterical with an incredibly well thought out plot.

Edited by Lostcause1978

Kaine will be back as a New Warrior in March, a long with Speedball, Justice, Nova, Hummingbird, Sun Girl and a few others. This should be a good run. Yost will have a plan for the best webslinger on paper now.

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Posted by Lostcause1978

Agent Venom will be back as well in GotG's next arc, next year. What I see is the GotG team taking Venom home. Not Flash, but the symbiote. To the PLANET OF SYMBIOTES!!! This must mean, Venom leaves the Thunderbolts, which is a good run.