With the lastest issue out, its that time again. In Kaine’s first appearance, Kaine twarted a room full of assassins, returning to New York to go confront New York’s then-newest superhero webslinger, the Scarlet Spider. Now, in his fifth appearnce as the All-New, All-Different Scarlet Spider, Kaine confronts assassins. Marvel, if you think this site is negative, just read this review. Trust me.
Oh yeah. This is going to be awesome.
Scarlet Spider #4
Written By: Chris Yost
Art By: Ryan Stegman
Inks and Colors by: Babinski, Von Crawbadger (I), Marte Garcia & Andres Mossa (C)
Just heard that Ryan Stegman will be leaving the title as of issue 6. Very sad. Good Luck on Fantastic Four! Story and Thoughts after the jump
STORY: Kaine and the Assassins are fighting. The Doc and the Cop are confronting the man who ordered the hit last issue. Backstory of Kaine and the Assassins’ Guild. Aracely does some shopping and can speak English, among other things.
THOUGHTS: After not being able to make it to the comic shop this week, I bought the new issue of Scarlet Spider on my iPhone. The experience was different, but not bad. The way that Comixology goes from panel to panel is very well done, but I did miss having a real copy in my hand. I do plan on buying the issue in the floppy version later this month. Was it worth the
Oh hell yeah.
The best thing about the title is that it works as a very very violent title. Kaine has quickly become the VERY DARK Spider-Man. Kaine breaks a badguys hands. He’s also a badass, just like he always was against Peter and Ben. He beat several of the assassins that came after him and he made a deal that is impossible not to make: One job, and he’s left alone. This causes Kaine to think back to the kills that he had done, even going back to Louise Kennedy, the Cop whom he had a relationship in Salt Lake during the Lost Years mini-series. This is very powerful and will be explained I’m sure to new readers further down the line. This is a haunted man, and its displayed beautifully.
One of the other GREAT things about this title is that there is a ongoing mystery of the little girl who can now read people. After 3 issues of her doing largely nothing other than being hurt is starting to finally shine. The entire supporting cast is so well done, and I’m enjoying the B-Plot alot. Very good stuff from Yost. (Shouldn’t be surprised, as he did Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes for the first two seasons. All great work.) By Kaine making that deal, its the deal with the devil done so that the ends can justify the means. By no means from the beginning this title has make it clear that this guy is a bad guy at worst and anti-hero at best. It works for this character, and its a enjoyable ride.
Its hard not to repeat myself when it comes to the artwork but damn. Its so great in that its cartoony violence that never gets too gorey but balanced by great colors and inks. Very well done by the whole art team.
I’m going to miss Stegman, but I hope to see him come back after issue 6 as he consistantly has made this title my favorite of 2012.
4.5 out of 5 Webheads.