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Review: Scarlet #2

You don't get this kind of thing often enough in mainstream comics...

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Scarlet steps up her vendetta against the Portland police department by concocting a very-involved scheme targeting the detective who did her wrong.   

The Good   

You know, I always enjoy a good case of characters breaking the fourth wall. I'd call this a psychotic riff on Alfie or Ferris Bueller, but that'd be selling short its truly-involving style, which is a delirious mix of acid burn trippiness and personable wet realism. While I've got some issues with what's perhaps an over-reliance on photo references, Maleev still crafts an intoxicating dreamworld of color and texture in these pages. I especially liked the abstract approach he takes to the layouts and compositions throughout this, as you see such care for presentation is all-too-rare in mainstream comics these days.

The Bad   

I love experimental and unconventional art styles, but I wish Maleev hadn't used doctored photos for the scenery as much he did. Or, at least, I would've preferred if he worked them over to be closer to the style of his line art. Sometimes this looks like a fumetti and other times it looks like drawings that've been superimposed over photos that don't quite fit. 

The Verdict - 4/5  

I'm glad that Bendis is finally getting back to his roots with a honest-to-goodness crime thriller. It's been far too long since we've seen him do his thing in the likes of Torso and Jinx.  It's also refreshing to see an indy-style comic with Marvel's level of production value. I'm looking forward to being able to enjoy Scarlet in full, as is surely the best way to experience it.     

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Was not as blown away with the first issue as some. Hope this at least keeps me engaged.

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Looks fun!
I like the more "violent, dark, twisted" tales of Bendis. This looks and sounds great!

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In the day of crossovers and heroes dying left and right, it's a refreshing change to see a book like Scarlet.  I'm still not 100% sold on the artwork (I love it at times, it distracts at other times), but I am really enjoying the story that Bendis is telling.  In a month from now, I'll still be wondering what tricks Scarlet has up her sleeve.  I don't think I'll really care one way or another if I don't find out what happens to Wolverine in Hell.

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Ever since I read Daredevil, Bendis and Maleev have always been my favorite duo for comic books. I love the experimentation Maleev does, and that grainy, noirish, kinda thing he does with these street rooted stories that Bendis is best at makes everything all the better. I was blown away by the first issue. In fact, I think my words were along the lines of "Finally, Bendis is back." These are the type of stories he should be writing. I don't think he really has a handle on the super hero thing yet. Maybe he never will, maybe if Marvel keeps him on Avengers, he'll bet better, but all an' all, it's still good to know he's still got his street mojo.