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Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #1 Review


By Ezekiel McAdams


April 26 2017

Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #1 Cover

  I need to be completely honest, I LOVE THE SCARLET SPIDER! Ever since I saw him on an episode of the 90s animated Spider-Man as a kid.. I loved his costume design, I loved the angst the character had, I liked the dynamic between him and Peter Parker and even Eddie Brock.


  So, when I heard that the Scarlet Spider was getting his own series, excited is not the right word? jubilant? Flying to the moon?


  Imagine my surprise and disappointment as I turned the pages and the Ben Reilly/Scarlet Spider I was presented with was an asshole. Ok, asshole is too nice a word, douche bro! An entitled little douche bro who’s angry the world passed him by, he even asks a lady to pay him after he saved her for services rendered.




  Ok, so here’s the saving grace, the story written by Peter David is good. It’s interesting and while I absolutely detest the character, I’m curious and intrigued to where this is going. David has done a lot of set up but the prose and dialogue are sharp.


  The art by Mark Bagley is good. The characters are rich in detail, the world is alive and it’s a mix between stylized and watercolors. Lots of bright art which make the world pop.


  So, I’m mixed, I HATE this character but I’m intrigued by the story and potential. I’ll probably read one more issue.

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