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Scarlet Book One – Bendis & Maleev

On Thursday, Newbury Comics had a “buy one get one for a $” trade paperback sale. You know I was all over that. I ended up grabbing a few my brother was into too. One that he specifically wanted was Scarlet: Book One. I was game. The cover looked cool enough, and the combination of Bendis and Maleev was a seller for me. I read it. Gave it a go immediately.

Spoilers: 1 page in, and I was already anti-hooked. Breaking the fourth wall is not my thing. Deadpool is not cool. I just don’t get into it. I like to suspend my grasp on reality when I read comic books. I don’t need a character lecturing me. I appreciate messages and undertones. Get your message across through the actions and story. Speaking of the story, how the hell did this “girl next door” turn into a semi-trained killer over night? How did a felon (she must be a felon, right?) get any of those guns? How did she get the drop on a trained police officer, even if he was corrupt and under the influence? How does she know to dump her wig in a puddle to remove prints? I’m sorry, but my suspension of reality can only stretch so far for a comic book that lacks leotard heroines or mutant aliens. Those are my two cents on that. /Spoilers

I’ll give you this, though, the artwork from Maleev is refreshing. I like it. Slight throwback style, not the crisp, refined images we are accustomed. I’m a fan. For that reason, I’d suggest picking up the 5 issue series from daggettscomics. The hardcover I picked up is cool, but how many variant covers do you need to look at? And the script? Probably not super necessary either.

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Who needs Scarlet?

When you have Scarlet Crush?

And Rob Liefeld variant covers?

I’ve been on the disabled list, but it’s time 2 shine. The recent Scarlet series by Bendis and Maleev has been awesome. This week I’ll be going over some of my favorites of 2011 and hoping for some reader interaction on what I should check out that I’ve missed. Let’s go.

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