Does the Scarlet Spider continue to soar or is this latest issue proof that the series needs to come to a timely end? Read on to find out.
The official description from Marvel:
THE SECOND MASTER” PART TWO OF THREE
• Texas Twister! Shooting Star! Red Wolf! Firebird! Living Lightning! The Southwest’s greatest heroes the RANGERS are in Houston to take down the Scarlet Spider!
• Has Scarlet Spider gone from Houston’s newest hero to Houston’s most wanted?
• The mystery of ROXXON deepens… what has Roxxon found in the Gulf of Mexico?
HINT: It ain’t oil!
With the Rangers now involved in his life, Kaine Parker, continues to make strides away from the villain he once was. Our protagonist has made mistakes but he’s been given a second and he’s doing his best not to mess it up. Who knew life in Texas would be so complicated?
Chris Yost continues this latest arc with a solid script that has a good pace. The dialogue flows fast but naturally as the Scarlet Spider does all he can to help the daughter of a man who’s so deranged that he’s willing to kill anyone and anything to get his way. The narrative only falters a bit in the middle as the issue comes to it’s inevitable crescendo and cliffhanger conclusion.
Khoi Pham continues his stint as series artist, as his style continues to mature and improve. From the action sequences to the slower moments, this talent keeps the world in-line with sure pencil strokes and slightly deformed yet dynamic figures. It’s not comparable yet to the work done by Ryan Stegman, but the panel layouts yield a very nice visual experience that keeps the comic book flowing well.
Scarlet Spider #8 is a solid read that continues to do what the series has been doing. Recommended.