Scarlet Spider

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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Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #19

by Alan Rapp on June 12, 2018

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Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #19 comic reviewWhile Kaine attempts to keep everyone in the hotel and casino, who have been transported to an alternate dimension by Mysteria, safe from the murderous creatures, our other Scarlet Spider confronts Mysterio and his daughter to discover what the hell is going on.

It turns out Mysteria needed the hotel to vanish in order to get to a hidden temple beneath its foundations. Planning to murder her father and claim a demon’s power as her own, things don’t exactly go as planned for Mysteria (although Mysterio does get to play the role of a menacing Spidey villain for a few panels). With Mysterio’s defeat, things appear to be wrapped up a bit neatly… although it looks like his not-so-dead daughter may not be quite done yet.

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Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #18

by Alan Rapp on May 23, 2018

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Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #18 comic reviewThe arrival of Mysteria, the daughter to classic Spidey-villain Mysterio, who has now been hired by the same casino he is working for prickles Ben Reilly‘s Spidey-Sense to the level that he decides it is time to call in some back-up. Enter Kaine and Dusk. Unfortunately, neither prove to be all that helpful with the illusionist actually makes the casino disappear (by temporarily displacing it in another dimension).

I’m still a bit confused by the inclusion of Mysteria and Mysterio (the retired villain who Reilly threatened just a few issues back). Just what exactly are the father/daughter team up to? And how does temporarily loosing a hotel and casino fit into their plans? Hopefully the fallout of their “trick” will lead to some answers.

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Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #14

by Alan Rapp on February 21, 2018

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Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #14 comic reviewThe latest issue of Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider is a bit of a departure for the comic as the primary story focuses not on Ben Reilly but on the other Scarlet Spider, Kaine. Really the only thing you need to know about the issues is this: Kaine fights a hippopotamus dude who would fit right in with Bebop and Rocksteady. If that doesn’t interest you, I don’t know what to say (partially because there’s really not much more to the issue). Still, Scarlet Spider versus Hippo!

Our title character does get a few pages, as he looks up an old Spider-Man villain who has located to Vegas. While attempting to scare Mysterio to stay on the straight and narrow path, Ben ends up only seeing a reflection of himself in the broken man who has been (like himself) literally to Hell and back and is attempting to put the shattered shards of his life back together.

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Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #12

by Alan Rapp on January 2, 2018

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Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #12 comic reviewAlready confused about what direction to take now that the Slingers have kidnapped Cassandra Mercury as leverage to force the Scarlet Spider to turn himself in for the brutal attack on Thorne, the sudden return of Kaine (who has his own agenda in freeing the kidnapped club owner) only further complicates the situation. In the end the two Scarlet Spiders agree to work together.

The murky reality of Ben Reilly continues here as he’s talked into saving Cassandra from would-be-heroes who, let’s face it, are no more heroic than either of our web-slingers. This leads to some heavy action in the later-half of the comic between the Scarlet Spiders and the group along with some serious questions about just who or what some of the Slingers are and what they are truly after.

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