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    Ben Reilly: Not The Scarlet Spider You Knew

    Ben Reilly has appeared under many aliases since his introduction in The Amazing Spider-Man #149 (October 1975). Among them are Spider-Man, The Jackal, Spider-Carnage, and The Scarlet Spider. But as a clone of Peter Parker, Reilly was apparently killed at one point, sacrificing himself to save Parker’s life.

    In Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy, a resurrected Reilly was revealed behind an Anubis mask, masquerading as The Jackal. By the end of the event, Reilly took back up the mantle of The Scarlet Spider, stealing a costume off a cosplayer and heading off to Vegas.

    Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #1

    Peter David is no stranger to writing for the Spider-Family. In Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #1, David picks up the story seamlessly right were Clone Conspiracy left off.

    The Controversy Has Only Just Begun

    In a desperate attempt to become the hero he feels Vegas deserves, Reilly tries to recreate Peter Parker’s life. His efforts to find his own versions of Mary Jane and Aunt May are two of the many high points in this chapter. Of course, things don’t quite work out to plan.

    Mark Bagley does a fantastic job creating three distinct looks for the faces of Reilly. The past Scarlet Spider phase has an innocent, bright appearance. His Jackal phase is dark and twisty. The current embattled and confused phase lands somewhere in between.

    Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #1 is a great jumping on point for new readers. Unfamiliar readers are brought up to speed nicely with just the right amount of exposition. There’s plenty of meat on the bone for seasoned readers as well. This first chapter flows right out of the previous event.

    FOLLOW BEN REILLY’S ADVENTURES AND PRE-ORDER THE NEXT ISSUES

    Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #1, Marvel Comics, Released April 26, 2017, Written by Peter David, Pencils by Mark Bagley, Inks by John Dell, Color by Jason Keith, Letters by VC’s Joe Caramagna, $3.99

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    Cap’s New Past as a Hydra Double Agent Continues

    Steve Rogers shocked the world back in Captain America: Steve Rogers #1, May 2016. While hurling his friend and ally to his presumed death, he uttered two words that nobody ever believed would come out of Captain America’s mouth. “Hail Hydra.”

    It has since been revealed that Red Skull used Kobik to turn Roger’s memory inside out. In his new recollection of events, Cap remembers learning Hydra’s ideals as a child in a special school. He also remembers befriending a young Helmut Zemo.

    Captain America Steve Rogers
    Captain America Steve Rogers

    In his head, Rogers returned to the United States and then became the first Super Soldier. It was perfect cover for Hydra’s ultimate spy.

    Baron Zemo Steals The Show

    Captain America: Steve Rogers #13 spends most of the chapter developing Baron Zemo’s character. In the buildup to Secret Empire, Nick Spencer delivers a fuller picture of just how highly Cap regards his friendship with Baron Zemo. Rogers will go so far as to stand between Bucky and Zemo in the middle of a firefight to keep them both alive.

    The flashback sequence teases a bigger conflict between Barnes and Zemo in the upcoming Secret Empire. A forced decision with mortal consequences between his two best friends could be the trigger that snaps Cap out of the fugue he’s been living in. We can hope, anyway.

    While this chapter is heavy on exposition, there are a few dynamic action scenes. The artwork is fantastic throughout. Baron Zemo’s arrogant indifference is telegraphed brilliantly, despite being a masked character.

    It’s hard to tell where the pencils of Ro Stein leave off and Ted Brandt’s begin. There is one sequence in particular that has four pages, sixteen panels, and zero dialogue. The artwork tells the entire story, and the reader has no difficulty following along.

    PRE-ORDER CAPTAIN AMERICA STEVE ROGERS #14 AND FIND OUT WHO’S BEEN PULLING ALL THE STRINGS

    Captain America Steve Rogers #13, Marvel Comics, Released March 8, 2017, Written by Nick Spencer, Art by Ro Stein and Ted Brandt, Color by Rachelle Rosenberg, Letters by VC’s Joe Caramagna, Cover by Arthur Adams and Jason Keith, $3.99

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    Review: Spider-Man Deadpool #8 – Patient Zero, I Presume?

    Spider-Man Deadpool #8 Review

    spider-man deadpool #8After taking a two-month hiatus, Joe Kelly and Ed McGuiness have returned! Two filler issues, guest authored by Comedy Bang! Bang! host Scott Aukerman and Gerry Duggan, author of the regular Deadpool series, were good (one was dead brilliant), but they broke up the continuity of this fantastic series that has sold out every issue. Spider-Man Deadpool #1 is currently in its 5th printing!

    Way back in Spider-Man Deadpool #5, Peter Parker was twice iced by Deadpool. Instead of going to hell, where ‘Pool expected, Parker ended up fighting for his soul against Mysterio’s manifestations of Gwen Stacy, Uncle Ben, and Doc Ock. DP, realizing his mistake in killing Parker (twice), arrived to help Pete fight his way out and ended up having to call in a favor with an old flame, Death, to get them both sent home. It turns out the whole setup was a ruse to get Parker out of his office at Parker Industries so that Patient Zero could sneak in, brilliantly disguised as Pete, in order to steal something.

    In Spider-Man Deadpool #8, get ready to see a darker side of Spider-Man. He has donned a sinister looking new suit, black with an angular red spider on the chest and back. Spidey is pissed, and has every right to be. He has figured out that the Degenerate Regenerate used friendship to blind him to the fact that he intended on killing Peter Parker all along. Though they still have to work together to fight Patient Zero, there is palpable tension between the pair, and the web slinger has some choice, pointed words for Deadpool. The only thing keeping these two from going at it at this point in the story is their shared intense hatred for Patient Zero.

    Joe Kelly and Ed McGuiness have delivered again. The script is on point. The artwork is brilliant. This is honestly my favorite series to read and review right now. I’m excited to know how this story will end, but I really don’t like that there are only two more issues planned for this title. With any luck, the suits over at Marvel will consider making this summer series into a regular ongoing title.

    Spider-Man Deadpool #8, Marvel Comics, released August 10, 2016, written by Joe Kelly, pencils by Ed McGuiness, Inks by Mark Morales and Livesay, color by Jason Keith, letters by VC’s Joe Sabino, $3.59

    Review by Brendan Allen.

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    Review: Spider-Man Deadpool #6

    Review of Spider-Man Deadpool #6

    spider-man deadpool #6In Spider-Man Deadpool #5, we saw Peter Parker die (twice) at the hands of Deadpool. Instead of going to hell, where ‘Pool expected, Parker ended up somewhere else, fighting for his life (soul?) against Mysterio and his manifestations of Gwen Stacy, Uncle Ben, and Doc Ock. When Deadpool arrived to help Pete fight his way out of wherever this was, DP called in a favor with his old flame, Death, and got Peter sent home. And then…we have a one-shot guest issue.

    Comedy Bang! Bang! host Scott Aukerman fills in for Joe Kelly on Spider-Man Deadpool #6 with a story that is definitely not in sequence with the time line that’s been established in the rest of the series. We’ll have to wait until next month to find out what happens in the aftermath of Pete’s brushes with death, why Patient Zero was dressed as Peter Parker and masqueraded as Pete at Parker Industries, and how Peter Parker/Spider-Man feel about being assassinated (twice) by the Merc’ with a Mouth.

    So…A few months ago, definitely before Spider-Man/Deadpool #1, but some time after Amazing Spider-Man #1, Deadpool learns that a movie is (finally) being made about his exploits and gets offered a job doing stunts for the lead actor, Donald Dryons (a spitting image of Ryan Reynolds, but with a mustache, so clearly NOT Ryan Reynolds). ‘Pool convinces Spider-Man to tag along to Hollywood, promising him an executive producer credit on the film.

    The story is very funny. There are several tongue in cheek self-deprecating jokes, and some shots fired at DC as well. My favorite gag in the issue (and I’m only giving one, so that you, dear reader, will get to experience the rest for yourself) is a movie poster advertising the new blockbuster film “Nighthawk V Hyperion: Yawn of Boredom.”

    Aukerman does a great job writing quips, one liners, and gags for both titular characters. Reilly Brown has drawn several stories for Spider-Man and Deadpool franchises, so he’s no stranger to the appearance or ambulation of either character. SMDP6 works well as a one-shot. If it were released on its own, prior to the current series, it would be a stand out. Unfortunately, being thrown into the middle of this awesome series will draw natural comparison to the regular creative team.

    Spider-Man Deadpool #6, Marvel Comics, released June 29, 2016, pencils by Scott Aukerman, art by Reilly Brown, inks by Rick Magyar, LeBeau Underwood, and Scott Hanna, colors by Jason Keith, letters by VC’s Joe Sabino, Cover by Mike Del Mundo, $3.59

    Review by Brendan Allen

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    Review: Spider-Man Deadpool #5

    Review: Spider-Man Deadpool #5

    spider-man deadpool #5Peter Parker is dead. I know what you’re thinking. He can’t really be dead, can he? He can. He is. Dead. Perished. Liquidated. Breathless. Pushing up daisies. Expired. Extinct. Cadaverous. This isn’t some trick with a body double, or a clone, or an android. Peter Parker is dead.

    Deadpool cashed in his contract on Peter Parker to end chapter four. One bullet in Parker’s face, two in his chest. This happened only hours after Spider-Man and Deadpool had the time of their lives tearing up the dance floor in ‘Pool’s night club. The Merc’ with a Mouth was finally getting some traction in his efforts to befriend Spidey, and then unknowingly killed him the very next morning.

    The first scenes of Spider-Man Deadpool #5 show Peter Parker headed toward the proverbial light, and Deadpool giddily getting dressed up to bear witness to Parker’s torture in Hell. Deadpool is so certain that Parker will end up in Hell, based on the information that was provided for him by his mysterious client, that he has reserved a spot for Pete with one of Hell’s master torturers.

    When Peter doesn’t show, DP assumes the wires must have gotten crossed somehow. He enlists the help of his wife Shiklah to bring Parker back to life, so he can send him off again, hopefully to the destination ‘Pool was initially anticipating.

    When killing Peter Parker twice doesn’t land Parker’s soul in hell, Deadpool is finally starting to come around that he may have been duped. Peter Parker must be a good man. But where is Pete’s soul now?

    Joe Kelly continues to show us a side of Deadpool that isn’t seen very often. ‘Pool apparently has a deep sense of honor and morality, he just doesn’t know how to express these traits without sending some lead down range and making penis jokes. He honestly thought he was ridding the world of a “mad scientist hell-bent on abusing wealth and power to generally screw over mankind.”

    Mistakes happen.

    Now Deadpool is on a relentless mission to save Peter Parker’s soul. You see what they did there? This whole time, we thought Parker would be the one saving Deadpool’s soul.

    Spider-Man Deadpool #5, released May 25, 2016, written by Joe Kelly, art by Ed McGuinness, colors by Jason Keith, letters by VC’s Joe Sabino.

    Review by Brendan Allen.

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    Review: Spider-Man Deadpool #4

    spider-man deadpool #4Isn’t It Bromantic? has thus far been alternately ridiculous and intensely serious. In the case of Spider-Man Deadpool #4, Joe Kelly suckers us into thinking this issue is a comedic break from the seriousness of a world-class assassin trying to kill Peter Parker. The chapter appears to focus entirely on the silliness of a world-class assassin marking out hard to Spider-Man and desperately trying to gain his approval. Just when the action in this issue can’t get any goofier, Kelly turns your expectations around and uses them to bludgeon you over the head.

    Spider-Man is starting to think Deadpool is a pretty okay guy, so much that he calls Deadpool and invites ‘Pool to hang out. Deadpool sets the whole evening up, and Spidey ends up on a blind double date wearing an image inducer that gives the appearance that he is not wearing his costume. It also gives the appearance that he is a young black man.

    Spider-Man’s date seems too perfect. She’s gorgeous, and is interested in every subject Spidey brings to the table. She even edits scientific journals. How appropriate is that? Spider-Man is falling in love. Deadpool’s date hasn’t yet arrived, and he hasn’t mentioned who his date will be. Since ‘Pool has orchestrated the event, you’re kept wondering when the other shoe will drop.

    When the second shoe does finally fall, it’s a sucker punch. One page after a brilliant Dirty Dancing sight gag, the series is dead serious again. Kelly spent an entire chapter setting up the punch line of the last two page spread, and then leaves you hanging until next time.

    This series keeps surprising me by being way better than I expected. The pacing seems a little disjointed, until you realize it’s being done intentionally to keep you off balance and finally give in to it. Joe Kelly and Ed McGuinness are in rare form. I’ve started counting the remaining issues in this series, wanting to know how it will end, while simultaneously wishing it wouldn’t.

    Spider-Man Deadpool #4, published by Marvel, released 4/20/2016, written by Joe Kelly, art by Ed McGuinness and Mark Morales, colors by Jason Keith, letters by Joe Sabino

    Review by Brendan Allen

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    Review: Spider-Man Deadpool #3

    Review: Spider-Man Deadpool #3

    Spider-Man Deadpool #3In the first two chapters of Isn’t It Bromantic, Spider-Man has been doing his level best to avoid spending any time at all around Deadpool. At the end of the last issue, DP shows a moment of humanity when he saves the life of Mysterio, Quentin Beck, after having run him down with the ‘Pool Buggy. Spider-Man is moved enough by ‘Pool’s gesture that he finally breaks down and gives Deadpool his phone number.

    Spider-Man Deadpool #3 opens in Quentin Beck’s hospital room, where Deadpool and Peter Parker are both visiting the comatose Beck. It looks as though ‘Pool is about to cash in his contract on Pete when Spider-Man (Hobie Brown) appears and distracts Deadpool long enough for Peter Parker to suggest that Spider-Man and Deadpool have a man-date the following day.

    On said man-date, a series of smash cuts takes us from staged scene to staged scene, where the Merc’ with a Mouth is desperately trying (and failing) to convince Spider-Man that he is a changed man. The action really starts to pick up when the duo ends up in a Bolivian village, where they meet up with the Mercs For Money (TM, patent pending). One of the best interactions in the chapter happens in the middle of a massive gunfight. Spider-Man, who does not speak any Spanish, tries to interview Massacre, who speaks no English, about Deadpool’s character and intent.

    So far, this has been a very solid series. These first three issues have primarily been setting up the inevitable confrontation between Deadpool and Spider-Man. We’re starting to see some real depth to Deadpool’s constitution. We still don’t know who is pulling the strings to frame Peter Parker and get him killed, and Spider-Man is yet unaware of the volume or horrific nature of the evidence against Peter Parker. Deadpool has no idea that the man he’s trying to kill and his hero, who he’s trying to manipulate into helping, are one and the same.

    The slow building tension is palpable. I’m sitting somewhere between eagerness and anxiety regarding the seemingly inexorable showdown between ‘Pool and Spidey.

    Spider-Man Deadpool #3, released March 9, 2016, written by: Joe Kelly, artist: Ed McGuiness, ink: Mark Morales, color: Jason Keith, $3.19

    Review by Brendan Allen.

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    Review: Spider-Man Deadpool #2

    Review: Spider-Man Deadpool #2

    spider-man deadpool #2The opening issue of this series was so good I was hesitant to read the second. Luckily, Spider-Man Deadpool #2 lived up to the previous issue’s standard, and may have even bested it.

    The tone of this chapter starts out much darker than last. A mysterious client, identified only as “Patient Zero,” has hired the Merc’ with a Mouth to kill Peter Parker. In order to convince Deadpool that Parker does indeed need killing, Patient Zero has sent him a barrage of “evidence” that supposedly shows that Peter Parker and Parker Industries, Inc. are involved in “some seriously sick shenanigans.” Apparently ‘Pool gets very alliterative when he’s upset.

    Spider-Man is still having a really hard time balancing his priorities between being a big-shot CEO and a masked hero. The problem is exacerbated when Deadpool lets him in on the plan to kill Peter Parker, and enlists Spidey to assist. Deadpool’s efforts to convince Spider-Man that Peter Parker needs to stop breathing do not make his dual identity any easier to maintain.

    Someone is going to great effort to make these two end up at each other’s throats. With the amount and irrefutable nature of evidence that conveniently surfaces for Deadpool to discover, a showdown appears imminent.

    This issue is lighter on the humor, although we do get a shot of Deadpool’s testes, sitting in a jar on Shiklah’s dresser. It’s also more of an even showcase than the previous issue, which featured Deadpool more prominently than Spider-Man. I usually am not a huge fan of such dialogue-heavy action sequences, but somehow Kelly and McGuiness make it work.

    Spider-Man Deadpool #2, released February 10, 2016, written by: Joe Kelly, artist: Ed McGuiness, ink: Mark Morales, color: Jason Keith, $3.19

    Review by Brendan Allen.

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    Review: Spider-Man Deadpool #1

    Review Spider-Man Deadpool #1

    spider-man deadpool #1The last time we saw Spider-man in the same frame as Deadpool, Spidey was quitting The Avengers because of Deadpool’s involvement in the group. Not for lack of effort and desire on Deadpool’s part, this is the least likely superhero duo imaginable. While the two heroes generally want the same results, neither can understand what motivates the other, and neither approves of the other’s methods of achieving results.

    Spider-Man / Deadpool #1 story opens with Spider-Man and Deadpool hanging upside down, face to face, tied up by Dormammu in hell. We have to wait a whole three pages before DP starts working blue, cracking his first of many erection jokes in the story.

    Spider-Man spends the entire issue trying to balance his duties as CEO of Parker Industries and his desire to remain a costumed super hero. Deadpool is trying to recruit Spidey as a mercenary for his own business, Deadpool is the Greatest, Inc. If he can convince Spider-Man to come work for him, his obsession with becoming Spider-Man’s best friend has a chance at fulfillment and Deadpool might have a chance at growing a conscience.

    It is evident that Joe Kelly is very comfortable writing both Deadpool and Spider-Man, having written brilliant stories for both franchises. The punch lines and puns are delivered smoothly, never feeling forced. There are a couple of the breaking kayfabe moments we’ve come to expect from Deadpool, and while Spidey gets a few jokes and bad puns in, it’s interesting to see him play the straight man. The story is weighted slightly toward Deadpool as the star, but that makes sense due to the current popularity of the character.

    Ed McGuiness is able to show a surprising range of emotion through the posture and body language of two masked characters. The design of the Mindless Ones, Dormammu, BAMF and Hydro-Man all definitely have that “heel” look to them, but also an element of innocence, which is mirrored in the dual nature of a sociopath who is genuinely attempting to be a good person but doesn’t know how.

    Spider-Man Deadpool #1, released January 6, 2016, written by: Joe Kelly, artist: Ed McGuiness, ink: Mark Morales, color: Jason Keith

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