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This was put out by Icon, the Marvel Imprint for Creator Owned comics. It was a limited series from 2008, but just last wednesday, I think, Brubaker and Phillips put out issue 1 of a follow-up to Incognito called Incognito: Bad Influences. So now's definitely the time to check this out. The original limited series (6 issues) is collected into a trade.
I love (love love) Dark City. Nothing else I've seen by Alex Proyas (director of Dark City) have I liked, though. I quite dislike everything else I've seen of his work. He creates beautiful worlds, but Dark City is the only one that filled the world with a story and characters I enjoyed.
It was a reactionary blog post. It's true that I don't like 99% of the Alan Moore I've read. But it's also true that taste is subjective. I sometimes write and talk about things as if there were objective value statements - but there isn't. Art is personal and the value it has is the relationship between the artist and their art, the artist and the viewer of their art, the piece of art and the viewer, etc.
Watchmen doesn't speak to me the way it speaks to most people who read it. That's my "real" opinion. Not that it's bad - it's art that's touched people's lives in varying ways, it's definitely not bad - just that right now, it's not art for me.
I believe the page the publishing company currently listed as Crystal Comics should actually be Crystal Publishing. I haven't been able to find a record of a company actually called Crystal Comics, while Crystal Publishing I have comics published from and they are also listed on Wikipedia (in the list of now defunct comic publishers page). Before editing the Crystal Comics or submitting the request for a new wiki page for Crystal Publishing, I wanted to bring it up here and see if it's deemed to be the same company but with an incorrect name or a different company.
From the first issue (haven't read the second yet), she seems to be most comparable to the Ennis' MAX imprint Punisher. (most comparable. There are a lot of differences.) Both characters loved dearly and lost greatly. What happens to Frank Castle or Scarlet after their traumatic experiences isn't, to me, a study in hero's or villains but a study of what severe trauma does to individuals. Classic disillusionment x 1000000. Scarlet wakes up in a world she no longer understands or likes.
If we also consider the fact that Scarlet is talking to the audience, to no one, throughout the whole issue and realize that yeah, it may be a neat style, it may help telling lots of plot as quickly as possible, etc. But she's talking to no one. Whether Scarlet had any mental health issues before her trauma, I don't know. But she definitely does now.
So to me, the first issue of Scarlet came across as an intense character origin/character study of a woman who had seen what no one wants to see, woke up and it's not unseen. It wasn't a story about a hero or a villain. But about something more real than a "hero" or a "villain", a woman who has nothing, no one, and an image that will never leave her mind.