Scarlet Spiders #1

Scarlet Spiders #1

Event\Storyline: Spider-Verse Writer: Mike Costa Artist: Paco Diaz Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: November 26, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 6
7.1Critic Rating
7.2User Rating

• The first issue in an explosive limited series tying into the biggest Spider-Event ever: SPIDER-VERSE!
•  In the midst of Spider-Verse, Kaine, Ben Reilly, and Ultimate Jessica Drew must come together for a mission of vital importance!
•  There is more to their mission than meets the eye - what dangers await the Scarlet Spiders across the multiverse?
Rated T+

  • 9.5
    Nerds Unchained - Aaron Griffiths Nov 27, 2014

    So from the beautiful artwork to the intelligent story this book really has it all and more importantly it has completely sold me on the Spider-Verse event. I came into this fearful that Spider-Verse would just be a parody of a real comic event but it's not, it's actually a brilliant base for writing stories just like this one. No it isn't perfect but honestly it's the closest thing to being perfect that it really doesn't matter anyway. Costa and Diaz are a stunning team and these next two issues will be the most anticipated books of Spider-Verse to me. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Shadowhawk's Shade - AJ Nov 28, 2014

    Paco Diaz is the artist here with Israel Silva on colours, VC's Travis Lanham on letters and David Nakayama on the cover. For the most part, I really liked the artwork here. Paco's characters are a bit too gaunt at times with some of their features needlessly exaggerated, but each character has a different body language, and the facial expressions are really good. Plus I love Jessica and Ben's costumes. On the cover side, David's art is a bit flimsy since he chooses to emphasize some features in a particular character and de-emphasizes features in another character, but it is still a good, decent composition. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Adam Alamo Dec 14, 2014

    For an issue that I went into with little expectations, I was pleasantly surprised with Scarlet Spiders. I have limited experience with the whole Peter Parker Clone Saga, but it didn't matter. Costa made sure to bring the reader up to speed and did a great job fleshing out these clones for a new audience. After all my trepidation about not knowing these characters, I walked away from this issue knowing a whole lot more than I thought I would, and I can't wait to learn more as this Spider-verse tie-in continues! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Nov 26, 2014

    A good start to this tie-in although it doesn't progress the plot too far past a "let's get our bearings" sort of way. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Geeked Out Nation - Ian Yoxon Nov 28, 2014

    All in all despite the flaws Scarlet Spiders #1 was an okay read. It has action and adventure and a great mystery. Definitely a must have for anyone reading this event. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Superior Spider-Talk - Tony Goodwyn Nov 28, 2014

    Though it can get bogged down at times by excessive exposition or narration, the overall concept behind Scarlet Spiders is interesting, and flows pretty well. The artwork is solid and sets up a promising, if not entirely necessary, side story to Spider-Verse. Read Full Review

  • 6.9
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Nov 26, 2014

    With its straightforward plot and lighter tone, Scarlet Spiders doesn't emerge as an especially necessary tie-in to Spider-Verse. And the over-reliance on wordy narrative captions can be a major bummer. Even so, this issue is a fun romp that should appeal to fans of any of these three heroes. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Milo Milton Jefferies Dec 1, 2014

    The narration itself is fairly straightforward however and theres nothing really here that makes this book standout as unique or original. Its a fairly standard team up book that probably wont really make much of an impact on the main event. Its nowhere near a must buy, but if youre looking to explore some creators that you might not be overly familiar with and want to return to some beloved characters, then there are worse comics out there than Scarlet Spiders Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Nov 29, 2014

    This issue, and this whole mini-series tie-in, are probably going to be pretty superfluous. While I'm loving Dan Slott's Spider-Verse so far, these tie-ins don't seem like they'll be a big deal. But like I said, I love the characters, so I'm definitely on board! The problem is that, by removing these characters from their natural habitats, they cease being those characters. Ultimate Spider-Woman is an amazing character in the Ultimate Universe. She's cool, she's smart, she's well-trained and she's got a fascinating history. But in this Scarlet Spiders mini-series, she's just another random spider character. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Nov 28, 2014

    As one of the "Spider-Verse" spin-offs, "Scarlet Spiders" #1 sets and follows it course, but doesn't bring much heart to give life to the fan favorite characters Costa inherits for this title. Anticipated to clock in at three issues, this series may have been better served as a giant-sized single issue. Instead, Costa and Diaz have to stretch out the tale, giving readers barely enough information and characterization to snag their interests. This is a fun set of characters placed on a do-or-die mission, but the story itself doesn't have much gravitas. As it advances, more drama will likely be sewn in, but this first issue is a rather shallow debut. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Nov 26, 2014

    But with so many other Spider-books out there, just relying on readers' goodwill is not going to pass muster. Scarlet Spiders is lacking a narrative throughline, something to make us care about these characters (especially considering Kaine and Jessica weren't doing so hot in their original, low-selling titles, either). There's certainly a lot of pretty artwork to this book, and that might seal the deal for rabid Spider-fans, but for everyone else, Scarlet Spiders is far from a red-letter kind of book. Read Full Review

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