Thus far Kaine is choosing to leave it all behind, until a cliche out of control car and old lady crossing the street forces Kaine to choose. Kaine accidentally kills the driver by stopping the car and sending him through the windshield. One can almost hear “With Great Power there Must also Come Great Responsibility.” Meanwhile, a villain with a gecko tattoo over his eye appears to burn people and Kaine is shown leaving town.
All this leads to one thing. Kaine is going to be a good guy and it will not be easy. Written by Christopher Yost, the book has a flashback back scene to add some context to Kaine.
At then a synopsis of the Clone Saga. While this is easier than living through the agonizing Clone Saga, it does make for 5 or so pages of looking in the mirror and cutting your hair to bring forth the new you.
Kaine is healed, now has organic webbing, but has no Spider-Sense. Much like Venom #1 and Ultimate Spider-Man #1, this book sets the stage for the Spidey style hardships to come. Also, for things we all know will happen. Kaine will be a reluctant hero despite the transparent implications of the last panel. Kaine will run into Spider-Man or Venom. Kaine will have to deal with his past sins and the fact that he is clone of Peter. We know all this and yet the story has potential enough to make it interesting. Especially for us survivors of the Clone Saga.
With Venom and Carnage on the loose, is there room for Spider-Man to show up here too? Spidey is on a few teams and still has his own titles to appear in. Is Marvel setting up for a mega large Spider show down? Or trying to cash in on the spider-interest generated from the sure to be popular movie? Whatever the aim, they did the right thing leaving Ben dead and giving Kaine some room to be himself. Pick up this book not just because it’s a #1, but also because of the history it still respects.