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Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #5

by Alan Rapp on August 2, 2017

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Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #5 comic reviewKaine finally catches up to Ben Reilly in Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #5. The comic is most memorable for the fight between the pair that takes up most of the issue. Despite his vow to kill the other clone, Kaine decides to let Ben Reilly live for now leading to a temporary halt in hostilities between the pair until Reilly can cure a sick child (who he neither knows how to cure nor really wants to).

Fans of both versions of the Scarlet Spider will get their money’s worth here seeing the pair duke it out in panel after panel. While a few panels are left over for Cassandra Mercury seeking out and confronting the person responsible for the recent attacks on her casino, the limited number of panels is mainly used to break-up the action between the two Peter Parker clones.

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Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #3

by Alan Rapp on June 21, 2017

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Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #3 comic reviewWhile the third issue of Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider does offer a cameo of Kaine on the hunt for his clone brother, the majority of the comic deals with Ben Reilly‘s fucked-up Las Vegas adventure. With his lies buying some time from Cassandra Mercury, at the cost of a bomb in his neck, Ben is at least able to breathe again. However, when a group of spider-clad would-be heroes decides to show up in the casino our protagonist springs into action, playing the hero whether he wants to or not (at least for a little while).

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Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #1

by Alan Rapp on May 6, 2017

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Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #1Spinning out of the events of the (pretty damn awful) Spider-Man event The Clone Conspiracy which brought Ben Reilly back from the dead, although this time as villain rather than hero, Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #1 begins a new chapter for character who doesn’t seem to quite belong anywhere in the current Marvel Universe.

The first issue of the new series picks up with Reilly wearing a stolen cosplay costume and attempting to resume his old moniker the Scarlet Spider in Las Vegas. Haunted by both his good and evil halves, who appear to him as hallucinations, this version of the character lacks any of the heart of the original and returns to a somewhat heroic path only because he has nothing better to do.

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New Warriors #9

by Alan Rapp on September 17, 2014

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New Warriors #9With the set-up of the team settled and the New Warriors victorious over the High Evolutionary I decided to pop back in on this title and give it a look. New Warriors #9 has two things going for it: lots of Scarlet Spider and an insane giant basketball mascot intent on proving himself a hero. This my friends is a good time.

Returning Kaine to Houston against his will Vance Astronik attempts to sell the hero on staying with the team when the city’s former basketball mascot, transformed into a giant 100 ft. insane bear, shows up to take down the “super-villains” and prove himself the true hero of the city. Scarlet Spider vs. giant stuffed bear? Yeah, that’s pretty awesome.

The B-story involves the rest of the team blowing off some steam by hitting a nightclub in Prague. Although it gives the various other characters less a role to play (which is fine by me with Kaine picking up the slack), this lighthearted subplot does foreshadow dark times ahead for one particular member. Must-read.

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Scarlet Spider #25

by Alan Rapp on December 23, 2013

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Scarlet Spider #25After two years Kaine‘s adventures in Houston as the Scarlet Spider end in the title’s final issue. Picking up some time after the events that ended Kaine’s super-hero career which are shown in a series of flashbacks which demonstrate the former killer’s heroics and the face of his monstrous nature (and why he can never return to Houston) we find Kaine and Aracely working their way down the Mexican coast in an attempt to begin a new life and forget their old one.

Although the entire issue has a somber mood, writer Christopher Yost still manages to infuse it with the spirit of the title’s more upbeat issues. I’m glad to see Kaine and Aracely together at the end of the series which suggests (hopefully) that she’ll be joining him in Marvel’s New Warriors title early next year. The idea I’m going to have to read a New Warriors comic to get more of Scarlet Spider isn’t great news, but Aracely’s involvement would soften the blow.

I’ll miss this title which leaves me no monthly Spidey comics (at least none I care to read). And I’ll miss Yost’s rehabilitative take on a character who ends the series far more interesting than when it began. Worth a look.

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