Review: Scarlet #2

Scarlet 2

Scarlet #2
Publisher: DC Comics
Released: September 26th 2018
Rating: 4 Star

I still can’t get over how many new series Brian Michael Bendis has managed to get going in such a short amount of time. I knew he was a creative person, but wow! Scarlet was one of the series that caught my attention right from the introduction (unlike Pearl – where it wasn’t until the second issue I found myself getting really invested), which is always a nice thing.

I still don’t know what specifically happened to bring this part of the city into such a state, though it was heavily implied and hinted about this time. Okay, I pretty much do know what happened. The people were over-policed and abused from the looks of it, and they stood up for themselves. I don’t really need to see what happened in between, because the condition of the buildings around gives me a fairly good idea that it was horrifically awful.

I’ve grown really fond of Scarlet’s character over time, but that’s no surprise. I’ve always liked the type of character that steps up for what they believe in. Scarlet doesn’t want to be in charge, but she also doesn’t see any way around that right now. Likewise she’s done taking anybody else’s shit – while still trusting those around her to help her make the right decisions. It’s an interesting balance, and one that we got to see a lot of this issue.

I’m curious about the soldier that was sent in. He was called out for his motives as well as the motives of the people he represented and he didn’t even flinch…so either he’s trying very hard to shut his emotions down or there’s something else going on here. My moneys on the latter, but I guess we’ll see, won’t we?

I loved the artwork for this issue. Everything is so stylized and almost washed out looking, but again considering the state of the city this is based in it really enhances the effects. The character designs have been interesting on the whole, with each (named) character being fairly distinct from one another. The use of bright hair colors help of course, which is good since my memory isn’t always the greatest.


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