Writer: Christopher Yost
Artist: Ryan Stegman
Chris Yost has done such an excellent job with Kaine, that the character is able to support a whole issue without even becoming his costumed alter ego. For a change, this new beginning for Kaine does not make of him the typical misunderstood, hated-by-everyone, persecuted vigilante; his guilt and his enemies do enough of that for him. Instead, he quickly earns the love and admiration of the locals, focusing the conflict in the place where it belongs: the bad guys. This issue is also Ryan Stegman's last in the series; his parting gift is a radical change in style when compared to his art in previous installments; with rougher finishes but more intricate details, this could be an early taste of what readers will see in his Fantastic Four assignment. He will be greatly missed, and remembered as the guy who put Scarlet Spider on the radar. Appearances by the Kravinoffs and Julia Carpenter round up a great jump-in issue.