Scarlet Spider 8 is the third issue in the storyline where Kaine is reluctantly investigating Roxxon. This issue starts with Kaine fighting a group of Texas superheroes known as the Rangers. It also delves deeper into the Roxxon conspiracy. Is it any good though?
This issue is fun. It’s not necessarily great, but it’s fun. Scarlet Spider’s narration about the Rangers as he’s fighting them is funny, and the fight scene itself is very entertaining. While heroes fighting each other before they agree to work together is a huge cliché, this issue plays it differently by using the Scarlet Spider’s tendency to run away adds a nice twist to that. The last page hilariously displays that he’s not yet worthy of being called a superhero.
The art isn’t as good as Ryan Stegman’s was in the first story arc, but it’s still passable. Most panels don’t have too many extra details in the backgrounds or character designs, but it doesn’t feel bland either. You can always tell what’s going on, and the fight scenes are easy to follow.
If you’ve been enjoying this series so far, you’ll enjoy this one too. The tagline on the top of each issue, “All the power, none of the responsibility” is the perfect way to describe this Scarlet Spider. If a darker, less heroic version of Spider-Man intrigues you, check it out (although I recommend you start with issue 6 if possible). While the recap page tells you all the basics that you’ll need to know for this issue, it will make more sense if you start from issue six.