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Scarlett #1 (of 5)

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 13 critic ratings.


Shana “Scarlett“ O’Hara is about to take on the most dangerous black ops mission of her career: infiltrating the mysterious rising power in Japan known as Clan Arashikage. Her one lead is her former partner—Jinx—turned Arashikage enforcer.

Now, Scarlett must use her very particular set of skills to survive undercover…and discover a shocking weapon that could change the balance of power on Earth.

Red-hot writer KELLY THOMPSON (Black Widow, Birds of Prey) and artist MARCO FERRARI (Frontiersman) introduce some of the most anticipated characters to the Energon Universe in ways you’ll never expect!

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13 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Comic book readers have entered a new era of G.I. Joe with the Energon Universe at Skybound Entertainment, and that world is set to expand once again. Following Duke and Cobra Commander, it’s time to shine a spotlight on another iconic Joe character in Scarlett, with the all-star team of writer Kelly Thompson, artist Marco Ferrari, colorist Lee Loughridge, and letterer Rus Wooton at the helm. Much like those earlier series, Scarlett maintains its focus on the core character while fleshing out their world and crafting a captivating spy thriller unto itself. That results in a brilliant encapsulation of who Scarlett is as both a soldier and human being, and it’s a depiction that should win over new and longtime fans alike.

  • 97

    Nerd Initiative

    An electrifying welcome for one of the most popular G.I. Joe’s into the Energon Universe! Thompson constructs a non-stop ride of emotions and conflict with spectacular writing. Ferrari, Loughridge and Wooten build epic action images that never let the readers escape the web of intrigue they just entered. This one is a sure fire bullseye add on NCBD!

  • 90


    With an issue packed with action, flashbacks, and espionage, Scarlett #1 delivers an incredible start to a thrilling story that long-time G.I. Joe fans and newcomers alike can enjoy.

  • 90

    Comic Watch

    Scarlett #1 is a blast of 80s nostalgic action, mixed with the scope of an espionage thriller. The action is very well choreographed, and the plot ends with a massive cliffhanger that fans of the G.I. Joe franchise will love.

  • 90

    Lotusland Comics

    Kelly Thompson ushers in an explosive addition to the Energon Universe with a rousing spy adventure in Scarlett. No one but Thompson and Ferrari could have brought the legendary G.I. Joe staple to life any better.

  • 90


    Scarlett #1 is both an action packed martial arts/spy thriller and an effective study of the title character, featuring assured writing and clever art. It continues the build-up of Skybound’s GI Joe universe while always keeping Scarlett at the center of the narrative.

  • 85


    Scarlett offers a good first issue that establishes the main character well while opening on the Energon universe to even more familiar G.I. Joe elements. Fans of G.I. Joe ninja action can’t miss this series!

  • 82

    Graphic Policy

    Scarlett #1 is another great addition to the G.I. JOE side of the Energon Universe, giving us more insight into the world and the key characters. It also gives us a Scarlett that feels both familiar and new. She’s a badass we want to see kick ass and it’ll be great to see this version interact with a team once it all comes together.

  • 82

    Monkeys Fighting Robots

    Scarlett #1 is a blast of an opening, both as a Joe comic and as a spy story. Kelly Thompson’s script brings the staple character back to the forefront with a story that is fun, character-focused, and feels like a proper espionage comic. Despite some inconsistencies with the penciling, Marco Ferrari and Lee Loughridge’s visual work is brilliantly directed and offers a unique look for this kind of comic book.

  • 80


    First issue of the Scarlett series goes about as well as possible. Fun, breezy and fulfilling character introduction and writing, paired with truly excellent artwork.

  • 80

    Comic Book Revolution

    As soon as you open Scarlett #1 Kelly Thompson and Marco Ferrari get you immersed in the cool spy thriller they create. The mission that Scarlett sets out on continues to strengthen the G.I. Joe side of the universe. It all comes together to another must-read series the Energon Universe is being known for.

  • 70

    Impulse Gamer

    This is a very quick read. Scarlett has the potential to develop into a fantastic book, but outside of being reckless and having a prior relationship with Jinx, we know next to nothing about her or any other character in the book. The art is nice to look at, but it makes it feel like an outlier to the rest of the Energon Universe. It has earned a second issue purchase though, so here’s hoping some of the problems go away by then.

  • 68

    Comical Opinions

    Scarlett #1 gives G.I. Joe’s most popular super spy a mission to save her long-lost friend from a ruthless clan. Thompson’s script moves well and captures Scarlett’s courageous personality, but the setup is generic spy fodder, lacks any clear connection to G.I. Joe in the interconnected Energon universe, and delivers just average art.

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