New Scarlet Spider Comic Book Coming Out – FINALLY!

Peter David, a badass writer who has done many past series, including the original Young Justice comic book is supposedly writing the new Scarlet Spider series from Marvel Comics. Ben Reilly, Peter Parker’s clone and also known as the Scarlet Spider and later took the mantle of Spider-Man, has been dead for years. Other than some alternate continuity and one-off stories, he has remained dead as well. There was an unsuccessful clone story that spiraled out of control in the 90s that most Marvel fans like to forget about. However, Ben Reilly as the Scarlet Spider was not all bad. He has recently returned back in Clone Conspiracy #3 which is happening in the Spider-Man books presently.

David has a way of writing comic book series that focuses on the adventure and also makes sure to keep humor as a main part of his characters. Not everything is grim and dark with his books. And it is something that I appreciate. He currently writes the Spider-Man 2099 book.

Will Ben Reilly be the new Scarlet Spider? Or is it going to be someone else? Kaine, the first of the Spider-Man clones, has taken this title as well. The series may involve both characters for all we know at this point. Either way, I am still happy. What do you think?

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3 thoughts on “New Scarlet Spider Comic Book Coming Out – FINALLY!

  1. I wasn’t much of a Ben Reilly fan since I stopped reading Spider-Man at the time. I really enjoyed Kaine’s Scarlet Spider comic (all of the power, none of the responsibility). It actually got me interested in reading Spider-Man again. I really hope that Kaine has some role in the new Scarlet Spider comic. If it’s Ben, I wonder how they will handle it considering the role he has in Clone Conspiracy. However, I have a feeling that it will be somebody else as a new Scarlet Spider (hopefully not Mattie Franklin, ugh). Peter David is a great writer so I will give the first issue a shot.

    1. Mattie Franklin was a cool concept that ultimately went nowhere, and left me personally feeling highly disappointed. The whole year-long comic read like bad fanfiction, looking back on it.

      An over-powered character who spent her time obsessing over the hero she’s spun off from, trying to get him in the sack. Yup, bad fanfic idea brought to print. Foreshadowing of Fifty Shades.

  2. Ben Riley was THE good thing to come out of the Clone Saga of the 90s. I am a very happy comic book geek to learn of this. I hope that Ben is the new Scarlet Spider. Peter David is an amazing writer. The first series by him that I got into was the Linda Danvers/Supergirl series from the mid-nineties.

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