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Scarlet Spider - Volume 1: Life After Death Hardcover – August 22, 2012


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Product Details

  • Series: Scarlet Spider (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (August 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785163085
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785163084
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #534,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When compared to the Superior Spider man, Kain's time in the spotlight really is amazing.
Skyler reisner
I'd highly recommend this book to any and all Spider-man fans and look forward to reading the next 3 volumes!
kenny Bieber
Really good character work, set ups for future stories, and top-notch art makes this a very enjoyable read.
John S

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By para on August 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This trade collects an eight page introduction from Point One #1 and Scarlet Spider issues #1-6.

I haven't read much Spider-Man related comics in years, but I'm somewhat familiar with key happenings, intrigued by "Spider-clone" stuff (tracing back to enjoying Ben Reilly's introduction) and a fan of Yost. So I decided to give this new series starring the former assassin Kaine a shot.

Life After Death follows Kaine trying to flee the country and lay low along the beaches of Mexico, convinced the entire U.S. is after him for his past crimes. But along the way he stops in Houston, and his need for money and willingness to take it from other criminals causes him to stumble upon something worse than he imagined, a girl who needs help, and a city that needs a hero. Kaine isn't one, and knows it, but he might stay all the same. Or maybe not. Staying in one place too long is a poor choice for someone who's made the enemies Kaine has...

This was a lot more accessible and engrossing than I expected. Since Kaine is a man trying to come to grips with his past and decide on a future, glimpses of him thinking of his former life fit naturally into the story and Yost skillfully uses them to fill the reader in on Kaine's origin and the legacy he's trying to leave behind. Placing things in a city without other metahumans lets the story settle in at its own pace without having to rush Kaine's confrontation with established heroes. The supporting characters are interesting and add layers to both the story and Kaine's struggles with both himself and outside forces.

Overall the Scarlet Spider is an engaging character to anchor a series around and a very different type of protagonist than Peter Parker. Life After Death is a strong start and has me looking forward to more.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tyler Johnson on June 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
In this day and age, comic fans have it good. Spider man fans however, have it great. Between The Superior Spider-Man, Vol. 1: My Own Worst Enemy (Ultimate Spider-Man), and, in my opinion, the superior Avenging Spider-Man: The Good, the Green and the Ugly we're spoiled for choice when it comes to your friendly neighborhood web-slinger. That Scarlet Spider is better than both of the titles above is a miracle, and great news for us.

Kaine, the main character, is a clone of Peter Parker, created by the Jackal. He originated from the clone saga, one of the messiest and most convoluted story arcs in the history of comics. He has made numerous appearances through out the years, and thankfully Christopher Yost has written this series so that Kaine's mess of a back story is a non issue. You learn all you need to know about him when the book begins; he was dead, used to kill, is alive again, and wants to stop killing.

The setting of Houston Texas feels fresh, and the cast of all new characters gives the book a feel all it own. You do not need to have read any big events to enjoy this, and you don't need to be current with the Marvel universe at large to understand what is happening, a rare quality in a modern marvel book. You are discovering the books strong points right along side Kaine, making the experience all the more rewarding.

The supporting characters really make this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Big Johnson on June 28, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I was surprised by this tpb. I wasn't familiar with Scarlet Spider at all (only recently started getting into comics). However, Spider-Man was my favorite childhood superhero, and since I don't want to read about Dr. Octopus' adventures as Spider-man and seeing good reviews for this trade paperback I decided to give it a try. The artwork is solid and the story is compelling, I like Kaine and thought that his identity struggle was interesting. I will definitely pick up volume 2 sometime soon.

A few minor gripes: Kaine repeats the same line seemingly over and over and over and over again; most likely it was done purposely but it got kind of annoying after a while lol. The only other gripe I had was that the villains in this tpb were very unknown (to me at least); though it is understandable as the main character is fairly unknown as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ishikabe on April 15, 2013
Format: Paperback
While Marvel jokes around with Doc Ock as Spider-Man after ruining Peter Parker's life in One More Day, the creative team behind Scarlet Spider has brought us something I'm loving.

The art and story are pretty great in Volume 1. It reminds me of my favorite period of Spider-Man, the 80's to 90's.

If Scarlet Spider keeps up this pace, then I'd rather read about a clone of Peter Parker than a villain who has taken over the body of Peter Parker.

Kaine(Scarlet Spider) relates to us off the first few pages because he's poor and given a second chance. If you've struggled with financial problems or addiction or jail, then you can feel something for this character.

Only real life villains could relate to Slott's run on Superior Spider-Man.
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