Kaine continues to find his place in Houston, but it looks like things are about to get very difficult for the Scarlet Spider.
Scarlet Spider #3
Kaine is making his mark as a reluctant hero in the tough streets of downtown Houston. He is still trying to do the right thing for Aracely, the Latino girl he saved from human traffickers, but he’s learning he just doesn’t quite yet have the faculties to do it alone. He enlists the help of a beautiful bartender at his hotel to help him communicate with the girl. He still has the help of the doctor who originally treated Aracely but when a hit is put out on the same doctor, Kaine discovers a pretty big threat will soon be bearing down on him in the form of the Assassins Guild.
What’s great about this book for me is that generally I’m not a real big fan of the dark and brooding hero. I don’t read a great deal of Batman, I rarely touch a Punisher book, and Wolverine just really isn’t my cup of tea. It’s safe to say that Kaine is struggling with wanting to care or being a hero at all. However, Chris Yost, a writer that I have a great deal of admiration and respect for, gives this book just enough fun to balance out that darker lead character. This book isn’t just him constantly faced with whether or not he should save a girl from being mugged. He does save her because there’s a nagging itch in the back of his head that he should, however, he has a bit of fun with the attacker to the point of making the poor guy pee his pants in fear. That’s immediately followed by Kaine telling himself that’s pretty much how Peter Parker would have handled that situation. It’s that type of mix something overly aggressive followed by something that’s quite a bit more light-hearted that makes this book work. Later, Kaine has to convince the girl at the bar to help him, but without a single social grace, it makes for a funny and awkward scene that leaves the girl (who I might add is attracted to Kaine) a little more than simply creeped out. It’s Yost’s story that keeps me wanting to come back for more even though I’ve been away from Spider-Man comics for quite sometime now.
Ryan Stegman is still doing a great job with the art. The visuals almost match the story and script from Yost perfectly. There’s a lighthearted quality that is fun to look at, but each page still features a striking panel or two that can be put up next to some of the cooler Spider-Man visuals. There’s just a good feel to this book that is fun to read and I’m ready for the next issue already!
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Fun story, fun art, but still retains a little bit of darkness from Kaine. It’s a perfect mix gives the main character a true personality. Even Stegman’s art has a personality that’s too good to resist.||Not much from me. Still an all around enjoyable book to read.|
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