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Guest Review: Scarlet Spider #12

Scarlet Spider #12 Cover

Scarlet Spider #12 - The Man in the Presidential Suite 



Kaine goes head to head with the Hand and Bruiser!

Come celebrate the conclusion of Scarlet Spider’s First wonderful year with Chris Yost and Reilly Brown!




Ho, Ho, Ho! Original Review by Tomlikesfries at Comic Vine

I skipped the Minimum Carnage arc, and now I actually feel bad for doing so. This issue is basically an epilogue, so there are multiple mentions to the previous story-line, that give you an idea of how awesome it was. We see how Kaine feels bad for the people that died, and the dialogues can actually give you a laugh or two, mainly because of Aracely. It's pretty fun to see the Mexican woman deducing other people's emotions.

Now, although this issue was very fun and a great jumping in point to the series at the same time, it felt like there wasn't much importance to it. I mean, all that happens is a robbery at the Four Seasons Hotel. Don't get me wrong, the comic is packed with exciting action and funny dialogues, but it doesn't make any progress. Importance aside, we see lots of blood that, alone, makes the issue worth picking up. The dialogue between the friends is very nice, as we see how their friendship is tightening. What I love about this title is that, differently from Peter Parker, Kaine is violent, so we always see fights with blood flying around, which are mostly intriguing.

The artwork is great. Brown does a great job in the action scenes and the facial expressions. His penciling seems to fit the book perfectly.

The burglars are wearing Santa costumes, so it really sets a Christmas tone to the comic book, which is really nice. In the end of the issue, a letter arrives for Kaine, but I won't say who sent it. Overall, this was a great comic, packed with intriguing action, nice piece of dialogue and Christmas spirit, although the issue itself doesn't make any progress in the story.

Rating 8/10

Pick it up?: Yes! It's a great jumping in point.

What I Thought

See the Review Rating Overview page for more information on how I rate each comic.

Cover & Solicit - 4/5
Art, Colors, & Inking - 4/5
Layout & Flow - 5/5
Story - 5/5
Verdict - 4.6

It's been a fun run on Scarlet Spider so far. This issue picks up after the Minimum Carnage Omega and Kaine wants to leave Houston to protect those around him. This issue was a great read. It starts out with a nice recap for new readers and then gets into the action. I really enjoyed the bits of humor they threw in like Aracely and the swear jar. While normally I'm not a fan of overuse of panels, who can say no to 10 panels of Scarlet Spider beating up Santa Clause. I definetly recommend this issue, like Tom mentioned it makes a good jumping on point.

Purchase Scarlet Spider #12 on Amazon

Thomas is a comic book reviewer at Comic Vine. The use of this review has been authorized by the original author.


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