Scarlet Spider

Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #25

by Alan Rapp on October 16, 2018

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Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #25 comic reviewBen Reilly: Scarlet Spider #25 offers an end to the series featuring both Ben Reilly and Kaine as the Scarlet Spider but not really a conclusion. Following up on the previous issue, a dead and defeated Ben Reilly finds himself at the mercy of Mephisto. Apparently on his way to Hell, Ben is given another chance thanks to Abigail Mercury.

So the issue does give the Scarlet Spider a victory (and a rare escape from the evil clutches of Mephisto to boot), but ends by kicking off a much darker turn for the character. Should he and Kaine survive Spider-Geddon, what’s next for the Scarlet Spiders? Do Ben’s chances as a hero die here? The comic seems conflicted over an answer.

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Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #23

by Alan Rapp on September 12, 2018

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Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #23 comic reviewWith a cure for Abigail Mercury in his grasp, Ben Reilly sees things go sideways fast in an odd issue that features what appears to be an immortal version of the young girl from the future begging her mother not to save her. There’s actually an interesting dilemma here as Abigail makes a persuasive argument against the cure which would save her life. However, there’s actually more going on her than meets the eye.

It appears Ben has been hoodwinked again by Mephisto who was willing to yet an innocent girl die in order to destroy the relationships Ben has built in Las Vegas. Turns out having her daughter die as a pawn is more than enough to anger Cassandra into seeking revenge against the Scarlet Spider.

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Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #22

by Alan Rapp on August 7, 2018

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Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #22 comic reviewBen Reilly and Kaine both follow their own leads which will lead both Scarlet Spiders to the Diogenes Initiative. For Kaine that means sneaking into the top secret facility and getting chased around by a giant two-headed dog before getting taking down by Nakano (although, to be fair, she did cheat).

Reilly has a much different introduction to the group, walking in the front door and finding Jezebel and Gabriel who offer the hero the one thing he has been searching for: a cure for Abigail Mercury. They also give Ben his clone brother back (albeit hogtied and grumpy as hell).

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Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #21

by Alan Rapp on July 17, 2018

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Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #21 comic reviewBen Reilly: Scarlet Spider #21 offers two separate storylines for Ben Reilly and Kaine, while leading each down a path which should bring both Scarlet Spiders back together in the next issue. Reilly’s search for the doctor who can cure Abigail Mercury ends in a fight with Sauron, and a cryptic message from the dying scientist about the Diogenes Initiative.

Meanwhile, Kaine still has his hands full with the Mindless One under the control of bratty kid about to cause a whole lot of mayhem in downtown Las Vegas. While not his finest hour, the other Scarlet Spider holds his own until the arrival of a mysterious woman ends the craziness and takes the creature back to her secret lab… which so happens to also be known as the Diogenes Initiative.

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Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #20

by Alan Rapp on June 29, 2018

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Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #20 comic reviewWith the battle with Mysterio and his daughter behind them, both Scarlet Spiders attempt to move on. For Ben Reilly that means continuing to try and save Abigail Mercury from the incurable Crooks’ disease. Tracking down the expert who has illuded him, the Scarlet Spider discovers why the willing scientist hasn’t been more responsive to his pleas: he’s unknowingly been a captive of Sauron.

The other storyline feels a lot like Kaine‘s short comic run as the other Scarlet Spider deals with a Mindless One left over from his trip to the other dimension who bonds with a spirited young boy to cause all kinds of havoc. Now all the hero needs to do is try and convince the kid to give up his invulnerable and destructive new friend who obeys all of his commands. Good luck.

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