Scarlet #1 (DC, 2018),
VERY FINE/NEAR MINT
BONUS REVIEW by Kevin Healy
(W) Brian Michael Bendis
(A/CA) Alex Maleev
From the creative team that brought you Daredevil and Infamous Iron Man comes the latest explosive chapter in their creator-owned epic, which IGN called one of the best comics on the stands. SCARLET tells the story of a woman whose life has been ripped apart by police corruption. When she pushes back, she starts a chain reaction of events that will bring about the next American Revolution. In this brand-new, new reader-friendly chapter, fully painted by Eisner Award-winning artist Alex Maleev, SCARLET tells the story of what happens when one young woman is pushed too far-and what one country will do to stop her.
Date Available: 08/29/2018
After a 5 year then 2 year set of hiatuses? Hiatai? Scarlet is back. In 2016 that was something to be enthused about. In 2018, not so much.
Part of why Bendis' books go away for a long time is that he is trying to set up deals for them to be film and TV properties. Scarlet is no exception There was something in place, or the start of something. Then it dies, or becomes the 'Powers' tv series, looking nothing like, sounding nothing like the book. The book is the reason we're here, right?
I'm not falling for it this time. Scarlet was a genuinely dangerous comic that walked well over the line of what we could reasonably expect to happen in real life, and real life caught up with it, passed it, and made continuing publication a genuine moral dilemma. When was the last time that happened with Batman?
Now, Scarlet is back, and it feels tame, reductive, and small. It feels not to be worth the wait. We can hope that changes, but we must not be swayed by the possibility of change and deal instead with the reality of what is.
I give it 5 out of 10 Grahams