Ben Reilly Spider-Man #1

Marvel Comics

Written by J.M. DeMatteis

Art by David Baldeon

Colors by Israel Silva

Letters by Joe Caramagna

The Rundown: Ben Reilly tries to adjust to a new life and begins the hunt for a killer.

Ben Reilly is back in New York and enjoying his anonymity. Unfortunately, a run in with a familiar face will change his mood. After returning to his apartment, he thinks on the life he’s built for himself after discovering that he is a clone. In the wake of personal loss and other revelations, Ben wants to know where he fits in the world and what his purpose is. An escape from Ravencroft gives him the opportunity to put his personal issues aside and hit the streets as Spider-Man.

Ben finds himself facing off against Carrion as the killer attacks a group of police officers. As Ben tries to reach the man inside the monster, Carrion attacks. An attack Spider-Man will discover is only the symptom of something deeper. Something that will force him to make a different choice in how to fight. In the aftermath, a series of murders grabs Ben’s attention and he decides to hunt for the killer.

The Story: J.M. DeMatteis takes the reader back to the aftermath of the clone saga and delivers a great story about a conflicted hero trying to determine who and what he really is. I love the layers within the story and Ben’s internal conflict. His personality is interesting and the darkness within him makes his choices engaging to the reader. I cannot wait to see where this story goes and the end of this issue makes me even more excited about what’s next.

The Art: David Baldeon’s art continues to delight and impress me with its beautiful attention to detail and unique, engaging style. I love the way the art captures character emotion along with awesome action.

Ben Reilly Spider-Man #1

8.9

8.9/10

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