Scarlet Spider #1 Review

Kaine. Who would have thought ANYTHING from the ‘Clone Saga’ blunder could affect the here and now? Regardless, it’s a good read. ‘Scarlet Spider’ #1 takes place immediately after the events of ‘Spider Island’ (get it while you can!). Now a fugitive from the law, Kaine must now remain on the run from everyone…EVERYONE. You name a group, faction or agency, they are after him. If you can’t get all of the ‘Spider-Island’ series, at least pick up Marvel’s ‘Point One’ one-shot. This issue marks the official start in the new life of the Scarlet Spider.

Now that he is cured of his mental ailments, Kaine now has a chance to live his own life. And being a genetic clone of Peter Parker but not having the same upbringing, he must now figure out why he has this “nagging” sense of responsibility. It gets him into trouble half-way through the book after he hears a lady buried amongst the dead and digs her out. Even though he was trying to do the right thing, it just causes him to get into a problem that wasn’t his to begin with. Or at least not the brooding Kaine were just introduced to. Though he is cured of his mental problems, he still looks to the mental image of Peter Parker for approval. You can tell he looks up to him like he was his bigger, more popular, brother. With a new costume and some newer powers, THIS is the dark vigilante character that the Spider-family has been in need of for a long time.

Speaking of new powers, can Kaine possibly be Earth X’s “Spider-Man”? Time will tell.

Read the preview at Comic Book Resources!