DC Comics Review: Scarlet #5


Some of my favorite comics from DC Comics come in the form of not being a superhero-based story, but gritty, real-world tales. The edgy and sharply drawn Scarlet #5 feeds into the hunger I have for gritty, secretive, and machination plotlines. If you’re expecting to see someone show up in a cape or shoot laser beams out of their eyes, this is not the comic issue for you. But, for those, like me; who get excited for mission-based stories then this is something you should check out.

Bendis and Maleev give us a heart-racing issue with Scarlet #5, as we see our main character go from check point to check point in the hopes that she is not caught by the authorities at each turn. You simply know that it would not be good for anyone to recognize her, but clearly some do. Those transporting her are fans and it almost has a feel of the Purge from the second movie on, with a group of rebel fighters working in the background to ensure that our society is not thrown into chaos.

Even the rebel fighters’ enthusiasm seems skeptical from time to time. It’s not like we have not seen in movies and television shows before that those posing as help for the main character turn out to be there to sabotage her. This alone kept me on edge, on top of the disguises that she wore, as I hoped that no one would become suspicious of a wig and sunglasses.

There is almost a feeling of commodity in Scarlet #5 and you enjoy the feeling of being around this group who are banded together. It’s only at the end that we can feel any sense of relief and look forward to what she will tell the world. The cameras love her and she’s going to reveal anything.

One of the nicest things about this comic is the very touching tribute to Stan Lee at the end. It’s a few pages of a character Stan Lee interacting with the artist and it reminds us that no matter if you’re a fan of DC or Marvel that we all are comic book lovers. That we all live within this fictional world, but that it’s the people within it that make it such an escape from the everyday life. Comics can influence history and can reflect the times. It’s nice seeing Stan Lee’s legacy touched upon and it should be a reminder for anyone to stop the feud between DC and Marvel, because you can love both. And you should.