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Scarlet Spider #13 Review

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Scarlet Spider #13

Rating: 4/5
Publisher: Marvel
Writer: Christopher Yost
Pencils: Khoi Pham
Number of Pages: 22
Price: 3.99
Color: Color
Safety Content Label: T+ TEENS AND UP – Appropriate for most readers 13 and up, parents are advised that they might want to read before or with younger children.

Publisher’s Blurb:
Mysteries come to light as a threat from Mexico comes for Aracely. An old Spider-Man foe returns, and he’s not alone. Plus: What is the secret of Kaine’s new powers?

Reviewer’s Comments:
Issue #13 kicks off a brand new arc one and it’s obvious that this one is going to get personal. The Scarlet-Spider has been laying the human trafficking business in his adopted city of Houston to waste. However there doesn’t seem to be any real end to it in sight.

Meanwhile over the course of the book Kaine has gathered together a motley assortment of friends and allies. They aren’t really his family but they might as well be. Here we finally delve in to the background of Aracely the young enigmatic girl that Kaine rescued earlier in the series. Who is in far greater danger than anyone could have realized and is far more mysterious as well. If that wasn’t enough this new threat has a big vendetta against Spider-Man but they seem to have no qualms about substituting the Scarlet-Spider in his place.

There is some real emotion to this issue and it deals with some pretty dark subject matter. I don’t remember Peter Parker ever having to deal with human traffickers or the like. What’s worse is that these aren’t your run of the mill criminals. This is a fight where Kaine isn’t only outmatched in strength but in ferocity a place where he typically comes out on top. Even with his mysterious new powers he may not be able to take on this challenge alone.

Once again Chris Yost brings us a great issue. It’s obvious that this arc will finally shed some light on some things readers have been wondering about since the series started out. At the same time we are getting some powerful villains who feel like they will really give Scarlet-Spider a challenge. This issue is pretty much non-stop action but it delivers a fair amount of story progression as well. While Kaine may not have a signature arch enemy yet it’s obvious he is going to rack up quite the rogues gallery. I look forward very intently to the next issue. Once again Scarlet-Spider delivers a solid story with great action and character development.

Comeback #3 Review

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Comeback #3

Rating: 4/5
Publisher Name: Image Comics
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Writer: Ed Brisson
Artist: Michael Walsh
Colors: Jordie Bellaire
Number of Pages: 32
Price: 3.50
Color: Color
Safety Content Label: PARENTAL ADVISORY – 15 years and older. Similiar to T+ but featuring more mature themes and/or more graphic imagery.

Publisher’s Blurb:
Mark Thomas has lost Kelly, the woman he’s been sent back in time to rescue. His partner Seth is MIA and his boss is demanding that Mark hunt down and kill an FBI agent in order to save RECONNECT, their illegal time travel operation.

Reviewer’s Comments:
This is a tough one to review. Not because it’s bad, but because so much happens that it’s hard do it justice without dropping any spoilers. If you’ve read the first 2 issues of the story, you know that something is just not right with RECONNECT, and you know that Seth knows it. In this issue that veil is pulled down a bit further and we learn what it is that they are up to… but not exactly how they are up to it. And if the mystery and feeling that anything can go wrong wasn’t already enough, BAM, let’s throw FBI interference into the mix!

We also get a few tense face-to-faces, a grisly murder, an abduction, and a cliffhanger that will make you hate waiting another month for issue 4.

In spite of all of that intensity, Comeback moves at a fairly slow pace. This is by no means a criticism. Instead of coming off as boring, like some slow moving stories might, I just got the feel that the characters were less gung-ho and more calculating. Every action that is performed seems to be done with all of the other characters in mind. The reader is treated to a wealth of information/actions taking place that the key characters are unaware of. It really makes for an interesting kind of anxiousness. Kudos Brisson.

All you have to do is a quick Google search to see how cool the art looks in this book. Walsh’s artwork is simple, yet detailed in such a genius way. I can’t even point out what it is, but something about his style really stayed with me after each issue. And Jordie Bellaire seems to have the same approach to coloring. I don’t think you could have picked a better team to not only aid in telling the story, but also in capturing the mood on this particular comic. Kudos Walsh and Bellaire.

I’m having trouble finding any real substantial gripes. There was the aforementioned grisly death, which I personally wish would have been a bit grislier, but that’s about it. I mean, the comic isn’t for everyone, but if you like to escape from the nonstop action and dive into something that will make you think, but doesn’t sacrifice humor, it might be for you.

One more thing that deserves mention: This is the first time I’ve read this far into a story that involves time travel and haven’t been annoyed on some level. First time EVER. Whenever I see time travel used, in any medium, the writer stumbles over themselves in at least one big way. Three issues in and so far, not only does the time travel make sense, but the jumping back in forth from the past to present day in the narrative works amazingly. I’m impressed.

Bottom line(cause Stonecold said so): I’m enjoying this story. It feels like an old detective novel, set in modern times(part of the time) and sprinkled with a dash of sci-fi. If that sounds intriguing to you, you may want to give this one a shot. Although, with this being the third issue of a 5-part series, you might want to wait for the trade.

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