Scarlet Spider #11 Review

The quite epic but tiny crossover event continues here, but has the story gone form interesting to boring?  Read on to find out.

The official description from Marvel:

• At the will of a madman in the Microverse!

• Scarlet Spider must face the monster within to fight the monster of Carnage!

• Meanwhile, Venom takes on a mission – and the cost may be more than his life!

The war against Carnage and the evil that encompasses the Microverse continues here, as our heroes attempt to maintain control over their rage as they steady themselves for the battles ahead.  It’s an interestingly personal chapter that succeeds in moving the plot forward while delving into the motivations of our two divergent protagonists.

Chris Yost offers some semblance of substance in this zany crossover event as Kaine Parker and Flash Thompson both get some narrative attention.  Not that the story has been lacking in the way of delivering on such nuances as each character’s unique motivations, but now we have an even clearer perspective as both players are pushed into some compromising situations.  It’s an exceptionally solid script that suffers from being a bit too wordy at times, but it moves the plot forward enough to allow fans the chance to let those bloated scenes go.

Khoi Phan and Reilly Brown both do a fine job on the art, yielding enough detail to successfully illustrate the narrative.  Each pencil stroke offers just enough precision to allow both the Scarlet Spider and Venom to have enough representation to sell the authenticity of this mini-event.  The characters and backgrounds are solidly rendered but there are quite a few moments where lack of detail and some unnecessary deformities cause some eye sores.

Scarlet Spider #11 overall is another successful part of the greater story arc and despite any minor missteps it still more than earns a recommendation.


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