Chris Yost has done
such an excellent job with Kaine, that the character is able to
support a whole issue without even becoming his costumed alter ego.
For a change, this new beginning for Kaine does not make of him the
typical misunderstood, hated-by-everyone, persecuted vigilante; his
guilt and his enemies do enough of that for him. Instead, he quickly
earns the love and admiration of the locals, focusing the conflict
in the place where it belongs: the bad guys.
This issue is also
Ryan Stegman's last in the series; his parting gift is a radical
change in style when compared to his art in previous installments;
with rougher finishes but more intricate details, this could be an
early taste of what readers will see in his Fantastic Four
assignment. He will be greatly missed, and rememberd as the guy who
put Scarlet Spider on the radar. Appearances by the Kravinoffs and
Julia Carpenter round up a great jump-in book.