Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Scarlet Spider #8

Writer: Chris Yost
Artist: Khoi Pham

While helping a crazy girl -which seems to be a theme with him- Kaine comes across the southern superhero team The Rangers and things heat up. Despite being the second chapter of a multi-part story, this issue reads extremely well, and the use of Scarlet Spider's point of view to introduce The Rangers to new readers is smart and fun. After the mandatory misunderstanding, things quickly get back on track and the adventure moves to the next level. It might be too early to wish for this, but having Kaine form a permanent association with a group like The Rangers would be of mutual benefit; it's easy to see him getting along with Twister, being a mentor to Lighting, getting chastised by Firebird, or being competitive with Shooting Star. Khoi Pham has done a great job succeeding Ryan Stegman with clean and simplified lines that allow the series maintain the high quality artwork it's had from the start.

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