DC Comics/ Jinxworld
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Alex Maleev
Letters by Joshua Reed
The past has teeth in this issue as the focus shifts to the people who make up Scarlet’s army. This issue is all about Kit, a young woman who was living her life as a hairstylist before all hell broke loose. Unfortunately, her hell began earlier than that when her sister’s violent boyfriend Gary shows up at her job looking for her and vandalizing the place in the process. In the aftermath, Kit calls the police and they are unhelpful to say the least. What makes matters worse is that he returns that same night and violently attacks her.
As the tension between the people of Portland and the responders across the bridge increases, Kit is standing watch with her rifle and sights set firmly on the activity across the bridge. When the vision in her sight reveals itself to be Gary standing with around with other troops, the flood of memories that come to Kit lead her to a deadly decision. One that will impact everyone in the city and force Scarlet to make a drastic and dangerous choice.
The tension and drama in this story is some of the best I’ve read in a long time. Bendis is creating a really interesting and dynamic story in Scarlet. Taking the focus off of her and putting it onto another character builds on this already dynamic and growing cast of characters. Taking on the subject of domestic violence as well is a bold choice in this comic. It adds dimension and layers to the narrative without sacrificing the bigger story. I really enjoyed this issue and the end of it is poised to add some intriguing drama to the next issue.
Alex Maleev’s art is amazing. The art in this issue and every panel matches the tone and emotion of the story perfectly. I found myself looking at every panel as a movie being played in my head because it is so visually well-paced.