Scarlet Spider #4

Posted by Jesse 22 April 2012

The past is a tricky thing. Kaine's past is so dark and disturbed that it was bound to catch up to him, and sure enough his past comes knockin.
Apparently, nobody likes being told to "Go F themselves" especially if they think you owe them.

Once upon a time Kaine pissed off Belladonna, the leader of the assassins guild, so now he must finally pay the price... in blood. Belladonna's assassins are eager to please and that spells serious trouble for Kaine.

So Kaine has to deal with a space shifting mercenary who can materialize his own guns, a Zombie ninja, a creepy psycho kinetic pre teen girl, and a man in a skeleton suit with godlike speed and seven inch steel blades.( Ok maybe not 7 inches )

Kaine officially hands them all a beating to some degree,and comes up with a plan to end the assault.
He uses one of the assassin's cell phones to call up Belladonna, and makes her an ofer she can't refuse.
Kaine agrees to do 1 job for her as long as she calls off her dogs.
The intriguing part is, who will she choose as Kaine's target? Will it be someone he knows?

As for the other members of this story, Dr Meland and his cop boyfriend ( yes you read that right) Wally, break in on Mr. Mitchell and hold him at gunpoint (for his crime of putting a hit out on Dr. Meland),to which they eventually come to a mutual understanding and forgiveness is exchanged.( I call that a bit of an anti climax)

Meanwhile Annabella takes Aracelly out shopping upon Kaine's request, and she finds out not only can the girl speak English, but she can also speak many other languages.
Futhermore, Aracelly seems to have some sort of psychic link with Kaine, or at least a supernatural level of awareness, as she is able to discern that Kaine is fighting on a rooftop seemingly many miles away.
How could she possibly know this otherwise? Interesting...

Now I doubt we've seen the last of Mr. Terrance Mitchell, but perhaps thats just my wishful thinking that more of a plot was devloped.

Immediately I notice the pacing of this issue. it starts off in the thick of batlle and it rarely lets up.
Kaine is practically dodging bullets the whole time. I'm actually having fun here.
I'm loving the action and intensity of it all. Kaine can surely hold his own in any fight, regardless of the numbers being against him. It's crazy to think that he can do all of this bare handed
( and without scratching anyones face, thankfully) but he's actually using his enemies weapons against them very effectively. I dare say that your standard Spider-Man would not be so bold. As relentless as these killers are, Kaine is evey bit as aggressive, and manages to one up them every time.

Despite all this dynamic action and bravado, we still dont get much of any story development or background info regarding the supporting cast.

We are left wondering who this Aracelly girl really is, and why she was left for dead.
Why was the fire freak after her, and what role does dhe play in all this?
Perhaps Yost hasn't put together all the answers yet orthis is just a long running plan he wants to use to intriguie readers beyond the current situation.

Long running threads are important to comicbook narratives, but the balance becomes not keeping readers in the dark too long. Right now, Yost is dropping hints about Aracelly's past and goading the reader along just enough to maintain interest.

I also beleive that Kaine's guilt is going to be his biggest adversary. Will Kaine be able to reach deep down inside and find the emotional strength to quell his deomon's? , or
will the emotional & psychological toll, eventually paralyze Kaine?
It seems Yost is trying to imply this and I'm all for it. I enjoy the direction of his writing so far, but I hope he gets the ball rolling faster in his next effort.

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