Scarlet Spider # 3

Posted by Jesse 29 March 2012






Scarlet Spider 3
Background: Previously Kaine successfully fought to save a young woman from a man possessed by a fire deity.With the citizens of Houston cheering his effort and at the urge of the local law enforcement, Kaine has decided to make Texas his homestead, at least for a little longer.

Story: It’s another tough day at the Houston hospital, as Dr. Donald has very unfortunate news to deliver. A man’s wife has died in a car accident and Dr. Donald was unable to save her. The man’s reaction to his wife’s death is that of fury and blame. He points the finger back at the Doc for being unable to save his significant other, causing a big scene and really guilt tripping the Dr.

Elsewhere in Houston, a certain person is being very observant of the ongoing activities below him, as a man from the shadows approaches a woman on her way home and pulls a knife. Thankfully, for her Kaine, in his Scarlet Spider costume is that person who was watching and grabs the offender taking him nearly to the rooftops.

Kaine proceeds to threaten and generally scare the piss literally out of this fellow, before dropping him like a rock, almost all the way to the pavement below, if not for catching him in a web net at the very last second. He demands that the guy never ever return to Houston again, or else.
After discovering that Houston doesn’t have quite as many Skyscrapers as NY, Kaine heads back to his hotel suite, or rather the bar at the hotel. He engages the bartender in a conversation regarding her ability to speak Spanish.

Kaine is about to take her inside his room when, the girl ( Aracely) from issues 1 and 2 attacks them with a(champagne? ) bottle. After Aracely settles down and realizes that they aren’t out to get her, Dr. Donald shows up to check on her condition.
The Dr. mentions how he needs to go back to the hotel to get some supplies (pretty vague) and Kaine for some reason decides to accompany him (how odd). Kaine’s suit is glitching in the sunlight (I guess this is just to remind people that its part electronic.) As they are about to leave, the Dr. thinking he sees something strange, sticks his head out the window, making him the perfect target for a sniper. Kaine tackles the Dr. to the floor just in time for a bullet to go whizzing past.

Kaine follows the bullet trail and tangos with the assailant, whose very well versed in short range combat. The fight escalates until Kaine demands to know who hired him. The gunman gets away by releasing tear gas on Kaine and when Kaine removes his mask to take a breath, the man is able to recognize him. We follow the sniper back to New Orleans where he meets up with the rest of the Assassins Guild. He tells his fellow members that he encountered Kaine and the apparent leader seems quite interested.

Review: Starting off like an episode of House, Scarlet Spider 3, victimizes a key character and snowballs from there. Death by accident is no doubt a traumatic thing and in this instance, an essential catalyst to the remaining story.

This issue illustrates the incredible burden and responsibility that Doctors and especially emergency physicians have to carry.
As an opening to a new story arc, this issue delivers a decent preview of what’s to come, but as a stand alone issue, I must say it’s a little underwhelming. Kaine has yet to establish his groove, so I will be very forgiving in my criticism.
The encounter with the assassin was really the most redeeming aspect in my mind. Just the fact that the assassin knows who he is gives the reader a reason to anticipate an explanation. Kaine gets to show off his superb acrobatics and resiliency, which is pretty satisfying to witness. Personality wise, Kaine has yet to show us his humanity, instead keeping in toe with his tough guy persona.

Scarlet Spider is yet another Spider-Man series but without Peter Parker, so I’m still waiting for the significance to unfold and really give this series a signature style. For instance, is it spider-man dark? Spider-Man rural?, Spider-Man ethnical ?,Spider-Man the mercenary? (No that would be Venom) So I’m really not sure how this fits into the showcase, but never the less I’m enjoying the experience.



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