With a great
combination of real-life and make-believe, Chris Yost kicks off In
the Midst of Wolves, Scarlet Spider's newest adventure. The opening
pages of the book take a glance at a cruel and very real social
issue that gets the reader engaged, then smoothly transitions to the
fictional aspect of the story by revealing more about Aracely, the
girl Kaine's been protecting since the series first started.
The inclusion of
obscure Spider-Man villain Carlos Lobo and his sister Esmeralda
plays off well with the Aztec mythology theme being introduced;
while Kaine's continuous struggle between his desire to become a
better man and his instincts provides a great deal of character
development. Khoi Pham's pencils improve with each installment;
however, the use of three inkers and three colorists is somewhat
disrupting. The cliffhanger of this first chapter is spine-chilling.