Scarlet Spider 18 review


Since its beginning, Chris Yost’s Scarlet Spider has been a very entertaining series. The book stars Peter Parker’s evil clone as he tries to be a superhero in Texas. There are so many things to like – a great supporting cast, nice appearances from obscure superheroes, and in this story arc a fight against the superpowered assassin’s guild.

In the last issue, Kaine Parker was pretty much forced to kill Wolverine, so he travels to the Jean Grey School with the very talkative Aracely (the girl he’s been taking care of since issue 1- oh, and she may be telepathic). The issue ended with Wolverine seemingly being killed, which is awesome enough on its own. This issue starts off exactly where the last one ended, and pretty soon the Scarlet Spider and Wolverine are teaming up to take out the assassin’s guild.

The action in this comic is simply awesome. The two anti-heroes first use stealth the way they know best, and then they fight some of the guild’s superpowered elites. The dialogue between the anti-heroes is always entertaining – Wolverine may just hate Kaine even more than he hates Spider-Man, and the feeling is likely mutual. The art is also good. The action flows nicely, and even in the dark environment it’s easy to see Kaine’s black and red uniform. The only problem here is that the two-page spread is stupidly split up, although that’s not the artist’s fault. How did the layout people mess that one up?

The dialogue between Aracely and the X-Men is yet another highlight, especially with Rockslide (nice to see him have some good dialogue again). There are also a few references to Craig Kyle and Yost’s New X-Men run – no surprises there. Also while it’s brief, Iceman makes great use of his power in the start of the issue.

This series in general is an easy recommendation to Spider-Man fans who hate what’s been happening in Superior Spider-Man, or even those who want to read another spider-man related book. This is Spider-Man without the responsibility, and sometimes Kaine doesn’t even want to be a superhero. While this isn’t the greatest issue in the series, it’s certainly worth reading.

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I am a relatively new comic book fan writing this blog for other new comic book fans and/or people who are interested in comics but don't know where to start. I've always been interested in writing, to the point where I have a college Creative Writing Certificate and I'm currently a year 2 Journalism student. I also have another blog where I mostly make fun of bad movies - As for how I got into comics, I've always had a passing interest in superheroes: most notably Batman, Spider-man and the X-Men. Until February of 2011 (I think,) my only experience with any of these franchises came from the movies and video games. Shortly after I bought Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 however, I decided to check out X-23, Wolverine's female clone. I ended up reading her Innocence Lost origin story and enjoyed it. From there, I started reading various X-Men comics and it quickly exploded into my newest hobby. My other interests/hobbies include video games, movies, music, playing sports, my dogs and weird news.
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3 Responses to Scarlet Spider 18 review

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  2. xmenxpert says:

    This was definitely a lot of fun. Aracely continues to be adorable. I should find her annoying, but she’s just too funny. I also liked the touch of Anole being beside Rockslide – Bros 4 Life! The interactions between Kaine and Wolverine were a lot of fun. And their comments during the fight were pretty funny.


    • healed1337 says:

      Yeah, she is the kind of character that would be annoying, except that Yost not only writes her well, but shows a lot of restraint in her portrayal. It works surprisingly well.


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