Welcome back to our new series in which we review the comics that we read every week. This week Seppin is going to be reviewing Scarlet #1 by Brian Michael Bendis and art by Alex Maleev.
Scarlet is an interesting book. I love that Brian Michael Bendis was able to bring along these Jinxworld stories to DC and I love what he is doing with them. Scarlet is a really relevant story for our time. Granted, this number one takes place after Bendis’ previous work, so be warned. You have to read his work on Scarlet before this because it isn’t really new reader friendly. The whole story is a reference to previous events, so if you haven’t read the previous books, then you need to.
Going back to the idea of how relevant this title is, I think that everyone should read this. It is about a city that has cut ties with the U.S. and the chaos of the country. It’s a big ‘what if’ story that begs a lot of questions. What if the people decided to riot against the government and secede from the union today. Bendis uses the movie, Lincoln, to compare their situation and how scary it is. After all, technology has evolved so much since the Civil War. It’s a crazy book with a ton of strong women that Bendis does a great job writing.
However, if I had to pick my favorite part of this book, it would have to be the art. Alex Maleev’s gritty artwork mixes so well with Scarlet, it’s like he was born for this book. Alex Maleev brings the dark undertone in the serious situation and even makes the rebels feel relatable and tough. I love it so much!
Overall, this book is incredible and I am excited to see what Bendis does with it.
(How good is the story? Does it stand up to others?)
(Does it tell the story? Does it work well with the character?)
(Does this story need to be told? Is it helping the Character?)
(Is the character represented well? Does the writer understand the character?)
Total: 18 / 20