Review: Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider (2017) #20


Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #20 brings trouble for Ben and Kaine in a fun fashion. Check out our review.

Writer: Peter David
Artist: Will Sliney
Color artist: Rachelle Rosenberg
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover artists: Khary Randolph and Emilio Lopez

Prior to reading this series, I knew very little about Ben Reilly and in a way I still know very little about him. This series takes place after he had taken a turn down a bad road. With that in mind, I’ve been doing my best to piece things together.

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With Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #20, we get a look at what Ben and Kaine are dealing with. This issue moves the plot just enough to keep me interested. When Ben goes to find Sheldon Sanders, his Spidey sense goes off and in that moment, we know everything is about to get more difficult.

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I enjoy how Peter David has Ben caring so much about finding a cure for Abigail and even in the midst of all of the chaos, he sticks with his goal. It’s admirable and certainly putting Ben back on the right path. However, with Sheldon’s assistant really being Sauron, Ben’s hit another bump in the road.

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Meanwhile, Kaine is also trying to save a kid who ends up being in control of a Mindless One. The kid isn’t exactly helping him out lately and despite Kaine’s reluctance to help, he’s going to anyway. It turns out that heroes aren’t always fond of their jobs just like the rest of us. This is a nice way to make them more relatable.

. Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #20. B. . Peter David, Will Sliney, Rachelle Rosenberg

Overall, this issue doesn’t accomplish a whole lot, but it’s made entertaining enough to where I didn’t really mind. Ben had to get to Sheldon Sanders somehow, so now that we have that out of the way, he can get down to business (once Sauron is out of the way, at least). The next issue should be fairly action-packed and with Will Sliney on art, that’s something to look forward to.