Scarlet Spider: Texas Hero

Scarlet Spider: Texas Hero

By: Andrew Hines

This is an awesome book. There, I said it. I’m a fan of characters like Kaine. The kind of guy who doesn’t necessarily want to be a hero, but at the same time feels a drive to do the right thing. He blames Spider-Man for that, finally giving him a conscience. He’s been in Austin, Texas for the last 9 months and is beginning to feel at home there. He even has something resembling a life and even friends. He’s gotten away from the Kaine of old and is finally on the track to being a tried and true superhero.

Chris Yost has been doing a good job as the writer of this series since issue 1. He’s taken Kaine from being just another spider-clone and definite baddie to his own brand of hero. Just when everything seems ten kinds of crazy, our old…err…acquaintance(?) Roxxon comes into the picture. Because what would a trip to Texas be without the presence of an oil company? This is a well-written issue, despite a slightly too clean ending.

The art works, primarily because of the pencils from Khoi Pham. The action shots are great and I don’t see any angles that cause weird faces or anything. It fits with the cartoony style of the “Spider-Man Family”. The best part, I believe, is the monster of the issue, Mammon. The inking and coloring teams do a good job as well.

I give this issue a solid “B”, because of the overly clean ending. It’s a better than average issue, but not exactly worthy of a standing ovation.

6 Responses to Scarlet Spider: Texas Hero

  1. Finally a marvel comic being covered. I was starting to think I’d never see one and u didnt read them haha.

  2. This is one of the few that I do read. I also read Wolverine & The X-Men, but there’s too much tie-in to AvX. Also, Hawkeye and ASM, but I refuse to cover it while he has that douchey sidekick right now. Once Alpha goes away, I’ll cover Spidey.

  3. You should do more Hulk, I think the story on him atm is pretty interesting and Hulk is one of my favorite marvel characters

  4. Has the artist changed since issues 7 & 8, because those were hard to read.

  5. yeah i was beginning to think that DC was paying you…. also im from austin, i wonder if they show actual Austin buildings and landmarks. Also theres not a whole lot of skyscrapers to webswing from. maybe a few blocks worth…

  6. barbario: yeah i was beginning to think that DC was paying you…. also im from austin, i wonder if they show actual Austin buildings and landmarks. Also theres not a whole lot of skyscrapers to webswing from. maybe a few blocks worth…

    No, DC are definitely NOT paying me. Although i do have chance to write something that i’ll be pitching to them soon along with the artist from the Transformers thing that I just reviewed. I’ll post something on that later, though. Honestly, there are just very few Marvel books that either don’t annoy me or just tie-in to AvX which i’m trying to ignore until the trades come out.
    Yeah, he discovered that in the first issue. The skyscrapers just abruptly stopped.