Ben Reilly;The Scarlet Spider. Peter David’s new ongoing starring Peter’s Clone. I initially didn’t start getting this because after The Clone Conspiracy event over in Amazing, I didn’t see how they could redeem this guy. So I didn’t get the first four issues. But then I saw they brought Kaine’s Scarlet Spider character in and I enjoyed his series from a few years ago, as well as his stint with the New Warriors, so I picked up issue 5-7. Then they brought back the Slingers for the following arc. So I’ve been buying the issues(and not reading them) not for the main character, but for the supporting cast.
Issues 5-7. Kaine arrives in Vegas looking for Ben to settle up after The Clone Conspiracy. Ben convinces Kaine he’s trying to make amends and be a hero again by saving the life of a little girl with some macguffin disease. Kaine decides to let him live but is gonna stick around and keep an eye on him. Also, Death shows up and says Ben’s soul is one more death away from being completely fucked for eternity, so he needs to straighten up his moral compass before he dies again or it’s over permanently. No more resurrections.
Issues 8-13. The Slinger’s return! So back in the late 90’s Spidey was wanted for murder, and couldn’t be Spidey. So Peter and MJ made up four different new hero identities for Peter to use in the meantime. Eventually he was cleared of them charges, and Marvel is never one to let a concept go to waste, the four new identities (Hornet, Prodigy, Riccochet, and Dusk) were given to four new characters who formed a super team with their own ongoing that only lasted like 12 issues. After that, they all faded into obscurity. One of them was famously killed by Wolverine when he became a super villain during Mark Millar and JRJr’s Wolverine run, and they might’ve showed up during the post Civil War 50 State Intiative where every state had a team of heroes. But mostly they’ve been not around. So it was fun to see them back inaction.
Issue 14 was a stand alone issue where Ben discovers Mysterio has retired from his life of crime and is living in Vegas. Ben, who’s been give the benefit of the doubt and a second chance, sees fit to do the same for Quentin Beck.
Issue 15-17 were crossover/tie ins with Dr. Strange’s Damnation miniseries. Strange decides to repair Vegas after what happened in Secret Empire using magic. But then Mephisto shows up and Strange forms a new Midnight Sons team. Haven’t read Damnation so not in the loop on the main story line.
Issue 18. The most recent issue, Mysterio’s daughter is a stage magician making a name for herself in Vegas, she teleports an entire Casino to the Dark Dimension where it gets attacked by Mindless Ones.
Next up on the reading list, the last dozen issues or so of Bendis’ Miles Morales Spidey book, and then the last dozen or so of Spidey-Deadpool’s team up book.
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