The GeeksverseScarlet Spider #1

Scarlet Spider #1
Published on Thursday, January 12, 2012 by

Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Christopher Yost
Penciled by: Ryan Stegman
Inked by: Michael Babinski
Colored by: Marte Gracia
Lettered by: VC's Joe Caramagna
Cover Art: A- Ryan Stegman w/ Michael Babinski & Marte Gracia; B- Ryan Stegman w/ Frank Martin Jr.; C- Mark Bagley w/ Mark Farmer & Marte Gracia
Assistant Editor: Rachel Pinnelas
Associate Editor: Tom Brennan
Editor: Stephen Wacker

Kaine, the original spider-clone returned after Spider-Island, gets a new leash on life and his own story. Spider-Island left him with new powers and no direction. The first issue of this series shows Kaine getting that direction, or does it.

Yost does a great job setting up this series. We get a well laid out recap of who Kaine is, where he’s been, what he’s done and how he got to the point he’s at now. It flows smoothly and doesn’t come across as forced, like this kind of flashbacks normally do.

Nothing about Kaine or his actions in this issue scream “wanna be hero”, but Yost puts enough moments in the story that we can start to see the beginnings of the Scarlet Spider starting to emerge. The opening sequence perfectly highlights where Kaine is and where he’s going. He stops an illegal deal, but as he says he doesn’t care about it, he just wanted the money. But when he sees what it involved, he gets pulled in. And that starts Kaine down the path towards being a hero.

The introspective moments, looking in the mirror, are handled very nicely by Yost. It works great as the device to bring in the flashbacks and doesn’t come across as heavy handed. Yost has just the right voice for Kaine.

And the art by Stegman? This book has some amazing layouts. The framing devices Stegman uses are great. Varied layouts, different perspectives. It all works wonderfully. This is a great looking book.

My only complaint was that Kaine doesn’t have much of a resemblance to Peter Parker, of who he is a clone. I do like that Stegman is trying to make Kaine have his own complete identity, but there needs to be some resemblance to Parker.

But that’s a minor complaint compared to the pages. What a great looking book.

5 out of 5

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