Pencils: Reilly Brown
Inks: Terry Pallot
Colors: Andres Mossa
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Publisher: Marvel Comics (Dan Buckley)
Release Date: December 12th, 2012
"The Man in the Presidential Suite"
Yost is doing an amazing job showing how Kaine is dealing with the events of Minimum Carnage, and he is not dealing with them well. We see in the early pages of this issue that Kaine is a lightweight drinker and he has a lot of friends trying to take care of him. He doesn't want to be a hero anymore, he just wants to get to Mexico which was his original plan anyhow. The interactions between he and Aracely are still a ton of fun, her clinging to the swear jar throughout the beginning of the issue was great.
The issue itself didn't have a ton of story context other than Kaine realizing that he is needed and that he really is a hero. He has to see his friends in trouble to see that he is a hero and that it wasn't his fault that so many people died at Carnage's hand. The reality of it was that he saved so many others. The fact that Kaine struggles with his past as a killer and that he is trying his best to be a better man makes him so likeable. I enjoyed Minimum Carnage, but it is really nice to be back in Kaine's world as Scarlet Spider. I think that he is finally starting to accept that he is a hero, and I am happy to be along for the ride.
Oh...and did I mention there are robbers dressed up like Santa Claus? Yeah...I am never too upset seeing someone punch a Santa in the face...I don't know why.