Scarlet #1

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Alex Maleev Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 29, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 9
7.2Critic Rating
6.2User Rating

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.

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Aug 29, 2018

    Maleev is just at the top of his game. The art is great. The whole series has a new and inspired feel to it that I am just loving. I can't wait to read the next issue and I hope they keep it going with a modicum of frequency. We've waited a long time for this issue, but at least it was good. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    We The Nerdy - Jacqueline Juretus Aug 29, 2018

    Scarlet #1 is definitely one for the pull list. Enjoy! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Andy Hall Aug 29, 2018

    Will the government manage to roll up on Scarlet and her forces or will the revolution spread to Salem and Eugene? In many ways, this book feels much more on the pulse of the people now than in the earlier versions. It is a book that you should really be picking up and reading, even if this is your starting point. This review has already been quote heavy, but I'll end on one last. Scarlet, above all others, knows that happiness is a warm gun. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicsverse - Raphael Soohoo Aug 31, 2018

    Bendis and Maleev bring back their creator-owned, anti-authority revolutionary at an interesting time in the world. The art is gorgeous and Scarlet's voice is very well defined by her writer. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Sep 5, 2018

    Scarlet is Bendis and Maleev at their best, and you best better be reading this series. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Aug 30, 2018

    Scarlet #1 is a promising revival of the Bendis and Maleev series. The story is intriguing and well-presented, the dialogue is clever, and the characters are quite likable. The artwork is as great as youd expect, and this one earns a recommendation. Give it a read. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Aug 29, 2018

    Alex Maleev showcases some amazing art in this first issue. There are some great details in all the panels and there is a sense of both gritty reality and detachment in how the city is rendered. I really enjoyed the art in this issue and look forward to seeing where this story goes next. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Aug 29, 2018

    Brian Bendis and Alex Maleev's Scarlet successfully makes the jump from Marvel to DC with an accessible new relaunch. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    That's Entertainment - Capt. Nostalgia Aug 29, 2018

    Overall, Scarlet #1, presents an intriguing world and premise. Carrying with it an overload of potential. However for its first outing it's bound to leave readers hungry for more of the book's action sequences rather just mere dialogue. The art of Alex Maleev elevates the book into a marriage of the gritty reality of war with beautiful watercolors. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Jones Aug 30, 2018

    "Scarlet" #1's unconventional storytelling decisions and artwork is a great way to launch the second title of Jinxworld. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    On Comics Ground - Alec Thorn Sep 1, 2018

    Overall, I think this is a promising new start for the character and her story, but only time will tell if Bendis and co. can deliver an interesting and compelling story. Read Full Review

  • 6.4
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Sep 2, 2018

    Even though it's a number one, we're starting in media res, and there's a lot of dialogue, but it's a compelling issue nonetheless. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Aug 29, 2018

    Scarlet isn't a likable person and this first issue doesn't show why she is a hero or a savior. She comes off uninspiring and apathetic. She lectures more than she does anything. An apartment building gets destroyed by a drone and she shows little compassion. Portland and the people are the most compelling and interesting things from this first issue and I am more interested in them. The watercolor artwork is very nice and it has a clean look that works well for the story. We also don't get much of a timeline of events or much backstory. I hope this book intends to cover why she is the hero of this movement because so far she comes off as a boring protagonist.  Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    AIPT - Zarik Khan Aug 29, 2018

    I'm not ready to give up on this revival and its creators just yet. The doors have been flung open with possibilities for the next issue. Scarlet is still an earnest yet hilarious character. But beyond that, Bendis and Maleev didn't do a whole lot to excite old fans and attract new fans to the mix. Here's hoping the pace picks up next month and they truly recapture the fighting spirit that had defined this book until now. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    DC Comics News - Sean Blumenshine Sep 2, 2018

    This issue feels like padding which is strange considering it's the first issue. The ending is the first point in which an actual plot point happens; the rest of the issue is just establishing the characters and the world. Maleev's art does that well but the dialogue makes this issue drag and I honestly know very little about any of these characters. I understand wanting to take an issue to set up the people involved; that seems like a good idea but it's ineffective here and the issue ends up being very dull. Read Full Review

  • 4.0 - Chase Magnett Aug 29, 2018

    There is a great comics story to be told about the historical and current divides within American society, this simply isn't it. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Aug 29, 2018

    Too much of the issue seems like a monologue, not a story, and Scarlet herself is a bizarrely narcissistic lead character whose revolution began out of personal pain and seems oddly disconnected from the reality on the ground. Read Full Review

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