Hero or Killer?
I root for the villain every bit as much as the hero. I have often said, "I like a little bit of Villain in my Hero" and vice versa but maybe Scarlet goes too far, even for me.
In Scarlet's case, I'm not sure which she is and I have this strange need, to stick her into one of those tight neat little boxes (I hate little boxes). That is unusual for me, typically I WANT moral diversity. It's those moments when a villain or hero surprises me, makes an unexpected choice, which shows their humanity and/or their greed or undeniable evilness, those are the moments I enjoy most, where I chuckle or exclaim out loud, "Yes"!
Scarlet did not give me one of those moments. She struck me as calculating and cold-blooded. After this first issue, I am not sure why I feel a need to stick around but I will, for awhile.
Maybe it's the creative team, I like Bendis and Maleev, I was enjoying Spider-woman and I was disappointed to see it end, so I am thrilled they have an ongoing series they've created together.
Scarlet talks directly to the reader, giving us some background that helps us to understand why she retaliates against a BAD BAD man. I understand how a need for justice could turn ones rage to exact vigilante retribution but can we call what Scarlet does, the start of a revolution? I am not so sure.
I can't say I am enjoying Scarlet but I AM intrigued, enough. I want to know what she is going to do next. Is she a revolutionay soldier I can root for or is she a cold-blooded killer whose got her revenge-on?
I want to see a little "hero" in her, because right now she is looking like a murderer who is not my kind of villain.