Scarlet #3

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Alex Maleev Publisher: Marvel Icon Release Date: November 3, 2010 Cover Price: $3.95 Critic Reviews: 7
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Here it is!! The latest chapter in the best reviewed, creator-owned comics sensation of the year! Scarlet has had enough and has planted her flag. The world is broken and she's going to fix it. But there are those who will not let this stand. In this issue you meet them. The sides are being drawn. The first issue sold out the same week it shipped! Are you going to let that happen to you again? Hop on the Scarlet train for a comic book experience unlike anything else out there! From the Eisner award-winning team behind Daredevil, Spider-Woman, the Avengers and Halo. Parental Advisory $3.95

  • 10
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Nov 11, 2010

    Scarlet clearly plays two roles in her own story, that of the victim and of the heroine. But she also fulfills a third key role - I see her as also being the ultimate villain in this drama. The audience understandably sympathizes with, empathizes with and pities Scarlet. Circumstances and the system have transformed her into the destructive yet influential force that she becomes in this issue. She's out to fight corruption, and she does so unforgivingly, unrelentingly. But that determination and skewed perspective are what threaten to make her the villain to all, not just those who abuse power. There's an undertone to her call to arms that she sends to the public that leads me to believe she's going to take a "if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem" approach to her mission. It's one thing to attack those who are tainting the system. It's another to destroy those who either don't agree with you or are apathetic. I wonder how widely Scarlet will cast her net in he Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Vine - Zack Freeman Nov 3, 2010

    I never got into any of Bendis' pre-Powers crime noir stories, but I'm so glad to see him returning to the genre with this book. More than anything, I'm just so pleased to see a genuinely provocative and experimental comic with the kind of presentation and production value that's usually mainstream book's sole purview. I'm a little hesitant about the potentially-volatile "cop killer" message of this book, Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Nov 7, 2010

    For me, the jury continues to be out on this comic (and it's starting to wonder if I'm ever going to make up my mind). For the art alone, I'm hanging around a few more issues. Hopefully, by then Bendis will give us some satisfactory answers. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Alex Evans Nov 9, 2010

    Scarlet finally gives me something to grab onto. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Nov 6, 2010

    This issue hooked me in enough to pick up the next issue and track down the first two issues. I am interested to see if this series escalates further or if it remains in the cloak and dagger style of this issue. I think Bendis and Maleev are to something here and this issue adds enough goodies to keep me entertained long after the story ends. I definitely recommend this issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Dan Phillips Nov 3, 2010

    When it comes down to it, those lingering questions and the familiarity of the premise keep Scarlet #3, and the series as a whole, from exploding into fully formed life. As of now, the series reads more like an interesting experiment than an actual worthwhile story. As a whole, the book is most captivating when Bendis and Maleev go furthest outside the box with innovative storytelling devices. As for the story, the character's descent into a full blown, sociopathic revolutionary isn't' quite pulling as much weight as Bendis and Maleev's experimentation. That can change, however, as long as there's more to Bendis' metatextual plans than currently meets the eye. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Resources - Chad Nevett Nov 8, 2010

    "Scarlet" is a bold comic, one that stinks of effort to be that way. In the pursuit of pushing the envelope, convenient storytelling shortcuts are taken: Scarlet is much better at this than an amateur should be, Brandon hops on board without any argument, and, so far, everything is far too easy. But, it's only three issues in and these problems may not seem so bad in a larger context. Right now, though, it's a hard book to take seriously. Read Full Review

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