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C2E2 2012: Scarlet Spider

Artist Khoi Pham joins writer Chris Yost just in time for Kaine to clash with ROXXON!

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By Jim Beard

Writer Chris Yost and the entire SCARLET SPIDER team welcome artist Khoi Pham and inker Tom Palmer to the book this July with issue #7, which kicks off a brand-new arc that will embroil its star in industrial intrigue, introducing fresh locales and new threats.

Daredevil #10.1 art by Khoi Pham

“I was pretty pumped to be back on an ongoing book, again, and as a fan of the Clone Saga, this was the perfect book for it,” says Pham of being offered SCARLET SPIDER. “I love working with characters that can be more fully realized and defined, and I think there's a ton of potential with Scarlet Spider. It's very exciting.”

The artist also expresses excitement for his fellow creators on the title, one with whom he’ll be working for the first time in Yost, and another he’s currently working with on DAREDEVIL in Palmer.

“I've been a big fan of Chris' work for years,” he notes. “He's got a good sense for action and humor in his stories. Very fun stuff to draw and SCARLET SPIDER has been no exception. This book is going to continue to rock.

“And Tom is fantastic. He has such a broad skill set, and that really works with my penchant for tweaking my style every so often.”

SCARLET SPIDER follows the adventures of Kaine, the clone of Spider-Man, who’s taken up a costume and a mission himself and fights for what’s right in a sometimes more shadow-filled world than his “brother,” Peter Parker.

“I see Kaine as being more intelligent than he lets on, so despite his newness to the hero game, his expressions and body language should still be confident and commanding,” Pham says. “Appearance-wise, I see him as a scruffier, rougher-looking Peter Parker. I bit more mature and experienced looking.

“His is a darker world, less innocent than Peter's world. I like that.”

In SCARLET SPIDER #7, Kaine travels to Houston, Texas for some Gulf of Mexico action. There he finds trouble with the long-time Marvel Universe mega-corporation called ROXXON, a situation that will set the foundation for the entire new story arc.

Daredevil #10.1 art by Khoi Pham

Pham says that his research on the new environments can be boiled down to one word:

“Google! I've been doing a bit of research on Houston and the Gulf area, and it's really an interesting backdrop. Really fun and unique visual potential here. And I'm working with Chris on a region-based character, so you'll have to wait and see what we come up with.”

“I've been a fan of Khoi's since I saw his work on MIGHTY AVENGERS with Dan Slott, but his recent stuff, especially on DAREDEVIL, has blown me away,” Yost says. “There's nothing that's not a strength of Khoi's. Huge action, emotion, big moments, small moments—he can do it all; which is good, because SCARLET SPIDER has all that coming up in issue #7 alone.

“We're starting with a three-parter called ‘The Second Master,’ which features ROXXON and the southwest super-team called the Rangers. From there, we go into pretty dark territory, and one of the biggest stories of my career. I can't wait!”

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