Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #5

Kaine finally catches up to Ben Reilly in Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #5. The comic is most memorable for the fight between the pair that takes up most of the issue. Despite his vow to kill the other clone, Kaine decides to let Ben Reilly live for now leading to a temporary halt in hostilities between the pair until Reilly can cure a sick child (who he neither knows how to cure nor really wants to).

Fans of both versions of the Scarlet Spider will get their money's worth here seeing the pair duke it out in panel after panel. While a few panels are left over for Cassandra Mercury seeking out and confronting the person responsible for the recent attacks on her casino, the limited number of panels is mainly used to break-up the action between the two Peter Parker clones.

As one might expect, Reilly and Kain are evenly matched, both getting the temporary upper-hand while neither being able to put away the other. Is the Marvel Universe large enough for two Scarlet Spiders? Or will Kaine attempt to make good on his threat again before this series comes to a close? Worth a look.

[Marvel, $3.99]

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