Monday, January 14, 2013

Scarlet Spider #13

Writer: Chris Yost
Artist: Khoi Pham

With a great combination of real-life and make-believe, Chris Yost kicks off In the Midst of Wolves, Scarlet Spider's newest adventure. The opening pages of the book take a glance at a cruel and very real social issue that gets the reader engaged, then smoothly transitions to the fictional aspect of the story by revealing more about Aracely, the girl Kaine's been protecting since the series first started. The inclusion of obscure Spider-Man villain Carlos Lobo and his sister Esmeralda plays off well with the Aztec mythology theme being introduced; while Kaine's continuous struggle between his desire to become a better man and his instincts provides a great deal of character development. Khoi Pham's pencils improve with each installment; however, the use of three inkers and three colorists is somewhat disrupting. The cliffhanger of this first chapter is spine-chilling. Superb issue!

Scarlet Spider by Khoi Pham

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