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Scarlet Spider - Volume 2: Lone Star Paperback – 30 Apr 2013

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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel - US (30 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785163115
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785163114
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 0.6 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 472,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Boris on 5 July 2013
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I have been a fan of Spider-Man for some time. That's why I am not reading this title any more. I have stopped reading Spider-Man some time before they gave his brain away to Dr. Octopus. It just did not work for me anymore.
Recently I stumbled upon the Scarlet Spider. The hero (or not?) who wears this name is one of the clones of Peter Parker from the 90s, Kaine by name. An experiment gone wrong, disfigured, later haunted and hunted, finally reconciled with Peter Parker. During the Grim Hunt and Spider-Island events he was evidently killed, mysteriously revived and eventually healed. He got a second chance involving some special bond to new Madam Web Julia Carpenter. And to his own astonishment he ended up playing the role of a hero in Houston.
This collection contains #7-9, 12.1, and 13-15 of the Scarlet Spider series. The story is interrupted by the Minimum Carnage crossover with Venom that is collected in a trade of that very name. You do not have to know what happened there to read this.
This story is about what it does mean to be a hero when you have led a miserable life before. It is about redemption, sacrifice and hope. In some way it uses elements of 90s and pre-Brand-New-Day Spider-Man, in tone it's similar to Daredevil in his darker days but not without humour. The crimes dealt with are dirty, trafficking and abuse, and in some way ask for a dirty hero. "All of the power, and none of the responsibility." There is a nice supporting cast including a gay couple of policemen. The art, mostly by Khoi Pham is not overwhelming but gets the job done.
All in all this made me curious for more.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Napalm_trickster on 24 July 2013
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Been a fan of the scarlet spider since the original Ben Reilly incantation, got the first volume originally thinking Ben Reilly had returned, haven't been following the spideyverse. But was surprised to find Kaine as a hero. really enjoyed the first volume, the second one is weaker than the first the artwork is erratic not a fan of that too be honest, the first story is forgettable but fun the second one improves so does the artwork but then goes back, just wish they kept the original artist.
but it is a good series and am a fan of how they are dealing with the new Scarlet Spider and will continue to collect it, just a shame only paperback and not a hardback edition.
the artwork does kind of spoil it but it isn't so bad that it should be thrown away and forgotten. And it is interesting to see what they are going to do with this new incantation, so if you enjoyed the first volume it is worth getting
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Does not Collect Issues 10, 11, and 12. You have to pick up the Minimum Carnage trade paperback to read these issues! 8 Jan. 2014
By Matt Anderson - Published on
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Before I give my thoughts on the story, I have a HUGE concern about how this collection was put together. You should be able to collect the Scarlet Spider trade paperbacks and read all of the issues that came out under that title, but if you want to read issues 10, 11, and 12, you will have to buy a different collected set called Minimum Carnage. There is a one-page update as to what happened in that storyline, but I don't understand why they would leave these stories out of the Scarlet Spider collected editions. This is the reason that I give this volume a 4-star rating instead of a 5-star rating. While I may read the Minimum Carnage storyline some day, I'll get it from the library. I don't plan to buy it liked I bought the other Scarlet Spider books.

In the first volume, there were multiple references to the fact that Houston is finally getting a superhero of their own now that Scarlet Spider is in town. In this volume, however, we meet The Rangers, a team of superheroes that seemingly patrol the American Southwest. (SPOILERS) Kaine is a different type of hero, saving a girl who fell out of a building, and then accepting her advances together. This girl's name is Chloe, and she ends up being kind of crazy. By the end of the volume, it seems that she is set up to be a future villain to Scarlet Spider. The bad news is, she too knows what he looks like under the mask. More could be said about The Rangers, but I don't think I'll see them too much more in the future, so I'll pass on further descriptions for now. For Aracely's sake, Scarlet Spider wages war on human trafficking, and during these fights he encounters The Hand ninjas, as well as a new (potentially powerful) character calling himself The Arranger (associated with Kingpin). The last issue of this volume was a little messed up. We know that Aracely is special in some way, and now there are two werewolves after her, attempting to kill her. Then when Kaine is about to die, he is contacted by something inside of him. I've heard of a Spider-Man storyline called "The Other," and it seems like this may tie into that. Kaine becomes a spider monster, but is eventually talked out of it by Aracely. He literally sheds his spider monster skin and is a human again underneath. A lot of weird things are set up in the final pages of this volume. Aracely is displaying super powers beyond just telepathy, and beyond what she is aware she is doing. There is something happening "Between Worlds" and "At the end of all things," and it has something to do with the ascension of the Other (the spider). Meanwhile, Madame Webb is in the hospital because of her crazy vision from the last volume. In Mexico, there are a bunch of bad guys preparing for war against Kaine and Aracely. And finally, Kaine is still dealing internally with the Other.

I read this volume right after reading volume 1, and it was a good experience to read the whole story (so far) straight through.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The True Superior Spider Man keeps getting better 11 Jun. 2013
By Tyler Johnson - Published on
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The first volume of Scarlet Spider did an excellent job establishing Kaine's new life, and the series cast of characters. This second volume though is all about Kaine's new role as a superhero, and his struggle adjusting to that unwanted label. This Volume starts off with Kaine rescuing a damsel in distress, who turns out to be more than he bargained for. she draws him into conflict with the evil Roxxon corporation, and the only other superheroes in Houston, 'The Rangers'.

This story arc is fast and fun. It firmly established Kaine's superhero identity as 'here under duress'. He doesn't want to take the stupid risks required, but is willing to despite that. The arc effectively sets the tone for the struggle that he encounters next; human trafficking. Issue 12.1 was actually the first issue of this series I ever read, and served as the catalyst that got me to purchase this series. The way Kaine deals with the traffickers is not the way Peter Parker would handle it, further defining Kaine's unique style.

That brings us to the final part of the volume, and serves to finish rounding out Kaine as a character. We've seen his struggle to define who he is. We know he is a superhero despite hating the term. We know that he will go as far as it takes to protect the city and those closest to him. Now we find out how he was brought back to life, and dive into his spider abilities, and the price tag attached to them.

All in all, this is another excellent addition to the Scarlet Spider series. In one volume Christopher Yost is able to show us all sides of Kaine, for better and worse, and how these different aspects of the character effect the city he wants to protect, and the people he loves. The art changes throughout the volume, but stays solid. The story is fast, fun, and action packed, as it should be. The characterization is spot on, and remains one of the series biggest selling points. Scarlet Spider is my favorite current Spider man series and well worth your time. A definite buy.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Kaine is an intriguing part of the extended "Spider" family. 5 May 2013
By 1AnimeFan - Published on
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I've been enjoying the continuation of Kaine Parker's adventures in Houston; he gives off a very "John McClane in Die Hard" vibe, "why the heck do I have to be the hero?" essentially.

Half this volume occurs before the "Minimum Carnage" crossover with Venom, and half occurs after. I should note that Minimum Carnage is not required reading to understand what happens in this volume.

SPOILERS to follow:

-This volume kicks off with an explosion at a Roxxon facility in Houston, with Kaine just happening to be on the scene. He saves a bunch of civilians from rubble and catches a woman he thinks was an office worker (turns out she set off the explosion).
-Kaine tries to put off investigating what happened with the explosion, but ends up infiltrating Roxxon anyway. He eventually ends up in the CEO's office at the same time as The Rangers, the Southwest's answer to The Avengers. The Rangers, consisting of Texas Twister, Shooting Star, Red Wolf, Firebird, Living Lightning, and new character Fifty One, an alien being, are investigating Roxxon's misdeeds. Cue obligatory good guy brawl between the Scarlet Spider and The Rangers.
-The story concludes with a battle in Galveston between Scarlet Spider/The Rangers and an ancient force unearthed by Roxxon.

-The middle of this volume consists of a stand alone story on the Texas slave trade. As this is "point one" issue, it sets up a new threat to Kaine in the form of an entrant into the Texan underworld.

-The final issues of this volume deal more with supporting character Aracely's origins, although I will say that I was left with some answers but a lot more questions.
-I won't spoil the villains for the last few issues of this volume, but one of them hasn't appeared in a Spider-Man book since the late 1980's.
-Also, if you've been keeping up with this new Scarlet Spider, you probably noticed Kaine sprouting the same bone stingers that Peter Parker had after "The Other" storyline. Has Yost been building to something with this? Yep!
"Now I know I'm a monster." 24 Aug. 2013
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For this second volume of the Scarlet Spider series, Kaine's still in Houston, Texas trying to piece together how a Roxxon building got shot with a missile and what the motive was behind it. On his journey, he meets the Rangers; Texas' own superhero team and must bring them on his side before they take him out! All this while Kaine finds out more about himself and the girl he saved, Aracely, and her past in Mexico that's coming to haunt both of them!

So we have a bit of a downgrade here since the first volume was a hardcover and this is went straight to TPB. However, we do have issues #7-9, 12.1, and 13-15. While #10-11 are skipped, and #12 is substituted for #12.1, (for the Minimum Carnage tie-in with the Venom series) the story keeps going strong and doesn't falter much at all. The Rangers seemed like a goofy group and the villains in the last part of the book weren't all that interesting. The book, sadly, really picked up at the very, very end where Volume 3 will pick up. Chris Yost wrote everything and did a decent job but it felt like the first volume did better in the story department. Khoi Pham pulled art duty with help on a few issues from Paulo Siqueira and Neil Edwards and they all did a good job. Overall, it's a good continuation of the story and a decent read but my biggest complaint is that aside from the textless covers, there are no extras at all. The story fits right in from the first volume and will mesh with the third so this is definitely something to pick up if you're a fan and want to see where the series is going.
Cool 2 Jun. 2014
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Comic is in good condition and I enjoyed reading it. Since amazon needs more words here's a quick review. It's a campy fun story that needn't be taken seriously. My only gripe is how kaine is constantly compared to peter.
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