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.