Friday, June 29, 2018

Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #20

With the battle with Mysterio and his daughter behind them, both Scarlet Spiders attempt to move on. For Ben Reilly that means continuing to try and save Abigail Mercury from the incurable Crooks' disease. Tracking down the expert who has illuded him, the Scarlet Spider discovers why the willing scientist hasn't been more responsive to his pleas: he's unknowingly been a captive of Sauron.

The other storyline feels a lot like Kaine's short comic run as the other Scarlet Spider deals with a Mindless One left over from his trip to the other dimension who bonds with a spirited young boy to cause all kinds of havoc. Now all the hero needs to do is try and convince the kid to give up his invulnerable and desructive new friend who obeys all of his commands. Good luck.

Will Sliney steps in to the writing duties with this issue replacing André Lima Araújo. While I don't dislike Araújo's art, I never felt it was a good match for these characters. Based on this comic, Sliney feels like a better fit. Worth a look.

[Marvel, $3.99]

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