Comic Book Reviews - Scarlet Spider #13 Review

Created on January 14, 2013 and written by
Category: Comic Book Reviews, Marvel Reviews

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.


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