Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #6

The death of Ben Reilly's patient marks the end of Kaine's patience. However, before pitting the two Scarlet Spiders against each other once more, the comic introduces a wild card in Marlo Chandler-Jones who seems to have an unusual effect on both Ben and Kaine. Inspiring Ben to go after a pair of thugs shooting up Las Vegas, the Scarlet Spider jumps into action (although he does have to be talked out of gunning down the villains in the middle of the street by one of their would-be victims).

The introduction of Marlo certainly muddies the waters. Just what does the strange woman want from Ben? Her various powers over the years have been less than consistent, so just what is giving her influence over not one but both Scarlet Spiders? And why does she seem more interested in the original?

There's plenty of questions left up for grabs. Also, Ben likely has to deal with the retaliation of his client whose child doesn't survive his experimental procedure. And as for Kaine, based on Marlo's effect on him, what's next for this Scarlet Spider? Worth a look.

[Marvel, $3.99]

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