Monday, November 20, 2017

Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #10 Review - Marvel Monday

Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #10 

Writer: Peter David
Art Team: Will Sliney, Rachelle Rosenberg
Marvel Comics
Release Date: November 15, 2017
Cover Price: $3.99

Welcome to the 90's Bitch!

Peter David has been given his own little world to play with this character. Ben Reilly is in Las Vegas trying to become a redemption story. I believe David is also doing a damn fine job sticking with the idea that Ben Reilly is just a lateral upgrade of Peter Parker, Spider-man. He is a more grim and gritty character with a lot of room to grow.


We open this issue to Mysterio's daughter arriving at daddy's house. With pleasantries exchanged we see Misty unknowingly had someone in the trunk of her stolen car. Just as Mysterio and Misty are alerted to the eavesdropper she disappears. On the next page in splash page style her identity is revealed to be Dusk.


Peter David seems to be bring in all the characters from the Slingers comic. I have to be honest I haven't read much Spider-man since '92 so, most of these characters back history is completely new to me. I just take everything in stride and put my faith in the writing and the art.

When Dusk pops in Scarlet Spider and Ricochet are battling a tentacle monster that Hornet released to attack the Scarlet Spider. Hornet believes Scarlet is working for a bad guy trying to steal food for selfish reasons. Scarlet Spider believes Hornet is doing the same thing.


Dusk teleports Ricochet out of harms way. Scarlet Spider thinks he gets the upper hand on Hornet as he takes away the mystical item Hornet used to conjure up the tentacle monster and destroyes it. Ben believed that destroying the device would send the beast packing. It really only makes it so the monster will never leave their plane of existence. The battle continues with everyone against the tentacle monster. Until, Dusk whisks it away to the Mariana Trench.

We then jump to Ben Reilly's version of Aunt May, who is a crotchety old lady with a gambling addiction. She is getting to know Death (in red headed step child form). This really creeps me out. These two are like peas and carrots.


Scarlet Spider is next seen fighting his way to the head of the rival casino who has been trying to control all the supplies. Ben just beats the shit out of his smug ass, and because he did he probably galvanized the would be heroes of Hornet and Ricochet against him.  Even possibly making his pretty face ugly again.

Bits and Pieces:

This is a fast moving issue. You get many Characters thrown at you from the nineties. I didn't know many of them but it did not inhibit my enjoyment of the book. Will Sliney is a very capable artist, but his art falls a little short when it comes to conveying movement. It is still gorgeous to look at work though. 

7/10
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