Scarlet (2010) #3


Okay, Bendis is still pretty heavy into the silliness–he needs to do a comic about being a middle-aged comic book writer who decides he wants to be a woman, it would fit him–but it’s hard to complain when the ending has protagonist Scarlet shooting some cops in cold blood with a sniper rifle.

That commitment to being out there is something Bendis didn’t do the first issue and didn’t really do the second issue (we find out this issue about a bunch of torture we missed out on). Sure, Bendis is just taking a page from Ennis here….

But the Walt Disney Company is publishing a comic book advocating the murder of police officers.

No matter what–Secret Invasion, Siege, Jinx–one has to admire Bendis for getting this book out there from them… which doesn’t make it worth reading. Though Maleev does make it worth seeing.


  1. Vernon Wiley

    I had some really mixed feelings on this one. I’m not really sure with the narrative method this girl really exists. I find it somewhat annoying that she speaks to the audience a lot, and the reality of it is stretched to the limit with this young ladies resources. We seem to be just given just enough pieces of the pie to know that it tastes good, but there’s nothing to chew on, kind of like a McDonald’s hamburger. In some ways, things are just coming too easy and fast for our protagonist-either that, or the Portland Police dept. are a bunch of real idiots. I feel we’re being set up for something else, like this chick is crazy or something and we’re living her wishful fantasy. Is that a bad thing? No, but it seems dishonest given the “sympathy” we’re supposed to feel for her. Got to agree about the Malleev art, though, as his images work wonders on the eyes. If Bendis does another double page spread on the histories of our protagonists like the first two, though, I’m outts here. They seem more like television commercials rather than heartfelt biographies.

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