Scarlet is the new creator owned comic by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev and having just read the first issue, I want to beg everyone to run, not walk, to your favorite comic book store (which is hopefully Alternate Reality Comics - grin) and pick this title up! I haven't been this excited about a new comic, since Promethea debuted some years ago.
When I first heard about the concept behind Scarlet, that the central character, Scarlet, was going to take an activist approach to fixing this broken world and that this title would break the forth wall (meaning the characters talk to us, the readers), this became a title I was anxiously awaiting to start. Breaking the fourth wall as a story device is my favorite kind of story and having this coupled with a story that based on what Scarlet #1 delivered, looks like it's going to have some real substance beyond just being entertaining (which it also very much is), just has me wanting to scream from the rooftops to let everyone know that they should get Scarlet!
Just based on reading Scarlet #1, I can tell you that this is going to be one of the of the most unique comics being produced today and I'm sure it'll be at least as good (but even just based on the first issue, I'm going to say this has the making of being Bendis' best book ever) as Bendis and Maleev's four year run on Daredevil, Bendis's Powers, or my favorite Bendis comic, Alias. Additionally, while I think Bendis has written many many entertaining comics, like the aforementioned, Scarlet is a totally different book from anything he's ever written and people are going to be really surprised after they read Scarlet #1.
Before hearing what Scarlet was going to be about, I thought Bendis and Maleev's new creator owned title would just be their attempt to do a book like Mark Millar's highly successful Kick Ass, which is a really really fun ride of a comic, but at the end of the day isn't anything more than that (not that there's anything wrong with that), so now I'm going to use this blog, Ich Liebe Comics!, to apologize to Bendis for this silly assumption on my part. I can't wait to talk to people about Scarlet and really think that everyone who reads Scarlet #1 will be back for the rest of the series and will be telling their friends about what Bendis and Maleev have got going on in this book. If Scarlet doesn't find an audience and have a long run, I'm going to be really sad about the state of this medium and the expectations of today's comic readers, but I'm really optimistic that Scarlet is going to get the wildfire word of mouth it deserves. Sorry for all of this hyperbole, but I am confident that when people read Scarlet, they'll see that Bendis and Maleev are really on to something different here.
Scarlet #1 gets the Ich Liebe Comics! and Alternate Reality Comics highest recommendations! Also for anyone who isn't familiar with Alex Maleev's art, you're going to have a new favorite artist after reading Scarlet #1!
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