Scarlet #1
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Scarlet #1

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Alex Maleev Publisher: Marvel Icon Release Date: July 7, 2010 Cover Price: $3.95 Critic Reviews: 9
7.7Critic Rating
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  • 9.6
    Mania - Ben Johnson July 12, 2010 Jul 12, 2010

    However, an important question must also be answered, is this worth reading? Is it entertaining? Is that goal realized? Mostly. As with any first issue, not all answers can be found, but Bendis and Maleev are undoubtedly off to a great start. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Timothy Callahan Jul 8, 2010

    It's a strong start to what looks like the best work from Bendis in years, and maybe the best work from Maleev ever. "Scarlet" #1 feels personal and passionate, from cover to cover. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Dan Phillips Jul 8, 2010

    There are a few hiccups along the way. A brief reference to Twilight unnecessarily dates the comic and places an otherwise ambiguous setting a little too close to our own world. It's also a bit odd and aesthetically unpleasing to see the character's dialogue enclosed in rectangular "balloons"; a device which is presumably meant to highlight the different mental state of the character following her transformation, but presented out of context as it is at first simply seems awkward. But those are minor complaints in what is an extraordinarily powerful debut issue, one which should convince even the loudest Bendis detractors to eagerly come back for more. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Ryan K Lindsay Jul 12, 2010

    I don't hand this verdict down much so I am in all seriousness when I dictate it here. People always complain about being given the same old thing with comics, well here's just one of your prescriptions for that particular malady. Scarlet is almost working to define itself by the barriers it can cross but it also serves up an interesting origin to a story that I am definitely on board for. One woman against the world, except it seems that she won't be alone for long and I think that will make for some interesting conflict. It might be overly talky but it still delivers a portrait of a person in full that you don't often get in one issue. I can't guarantee that this story will be for everyone but I do get the feeling this collaboration is going to prove to be important before it is finished, mark my words on that, it might just be one of Bendis' most important works and one of the many defining additions to Icon. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jul 12, 2010

    I'm going to hang around for a few more issues and see which way this thing is leaning. Whatever happens, it promises to be an interesting ride. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Alex Evans Jul 8, 2010

    A great concept, but this felt like a #0 issue stretched to 29 pages. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Jul 9, 2010

    I didn't hate this issue and it's worth checking out to see if it interests you or if you are a fan of Maleev's art, but there's literally nothing I can tell you about the story. I don't know what the book is about, what is going to happen or anything I'd call substantial. Scarlet's boyfriend got killed by a cop and framed as a drug dealer. She's getting revenge. But not against the person who did it. She's taking down "all of it". With big guns. I think. Slow burns are nice and work with some well known characters, like how he joked about how long it took him to put Spider-Man in the costume in the Ultimate Universe, but when you don't know or care about the character, it doesn't work nearly as well. Trade wait this one or possibly avoid it if you aren't willing to stick around for something to hopefully happen. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Chris Kiser Jul 10, 2010

    Ill admit to feeling a similar ambivalence to this creative teams first Daredevil issue, and now I would easily name that run as one of my all time top five. It is reasonable to hope that Scarlet, too, is saving some of its cards for a later round. Left merely to the devices revealed in the first issue, though, this is a series that stands little chance of holding its own against either a crowded comics market or its own popular creators strong legacy. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    cxPulp - Terry Verticchio Jul 9, 2010

    While Scarlet doesn't start off overly strong, it does pack a punch. The reader is intrigued by the ambiguity of the main character and the art is well rendered. We'll have to see how the world embraces Scarlet's crusade for change and how that change will eventually change her. Read Full Review

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