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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.


    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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    The End of Clones

    Our New Comic Book Day got cloned! With a new series from Vertigo, and a super spy. As always these are only a few comics to come out this week Check out our other blog articles so see our thoughts on other books. Be sure to comment or share our post on Facebook or Twitter if you like our articles!

    SPOILER ALERT — We try to keep from posting spoilers, but one may sneak through to our reviews now and again. Read with caution, true believers.

    Clone Conspiracy Omega #1
    By: Peter David, Christos N. Gage, Dan Slott, Mark Bagley, Stuart Immonen, Cory Smith

    As the Clone Conspiracy event winds down, it’s clear that Spider-Man’s life will never be the same again. With the Jackal’s clones breaking down across the world, friend and foe alike are suffering from grief and despair. Clone Conspiracy Omega #1 does an excellent job at showing the pain that Peter feels. Especially with the promises he made that he couldn’t keep.

    Writer Dan Slott provides an emotional ending to this saga. All while threading in some teasers for future stories involving Rhino, Kaine, and The Lizard. The issue features two small back-up stories. One story leads into Ben Reilly Scarlet Spider #1, and the other is a teaser for Amazing Spider-Man #25. Clone Conspiracy Omega #1 is a must-read comic for fans of this arc and provides a satisfying conclusion to this tale. [Josh P. at TFAW.com]


    Savage Things #1
    By: Justin Jordan, Ibrahim Moustafa, Jordan Boyd, John Paul Leon

    This brand new mini-series from writer Justin Jordan, inker Ibrahim Moustafa, and colorist Jordan Boyd; Savage Things is about a covert team trained to do nothing else but kill, and never be caught. So what could go wrong? Well, it looks like someone is trying to expose the truth.

    It’s an interesting breakdown from past to present in this issue. The first page introduces you to who I can only assume is our “hero”. Then jumping to the present we’re given the gruesome scenario I’ve been a fan of Ibrahim for a while now, and Justin Jordan’s stories have always been a great read. This covert-team-gone-rouge scenario should be a wild ride. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]


    James Bond – Black Box #1
    By: Ben Percy, Rapha Lobosco, John Cassaday

    James Bond #1 from Dynamite Entertainment is an exciting new entry in the James Bond series. Writer Benjamin Percy, known for his work on Green Arrow and Teen Titans, is joined by artist Rapha Lobosco to create a story that thrusts Bond into the 21st century. In “Black Box Part 1”, Bond is attempting to stop a data breach that could put a cavalcade of secrets online. However, while Bond is hunting down the source of the breach, a mysterious assassin is also hunting him.

    The action is as gripping as the story, as Lobosco’s action scenes are both exciting and easy to follow. Percy does an excellent job capturing Bond’s voice, and you’ll likely read his lines in the voice of your favorite Bond actor. The only downside about this new James Bond comic from Dynamite Entertainment is having to wait another month to get the next chapter. [Josh P. at TFAW.com]


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    New Hulk Visionaries: Peter David TPB Available Now

    Hulk Visionaries: Peter David Graphic NovelsEisner-winning comics writer Peter David has been getting rave reviews for his work on X-Factor (both back in the ’90s and today) and Stephen King’s Dark Tower comics, but he also received recognition from ComicsAlliance this week, which reviewed his run on The Incredible Hulk in honor of Hulk Visionaries: Peter David Volume 8, which came out yesterday. Here’s what they had to say:

    From ComicsAlliance:
    Though some of the choices in Marvel’s Visionaries line of collections seem a little dubious, Peter David’s run on The Incredible Hulk is not. Over the course of his decade-plus tenure on the title, David reshaped the inarticulate slab of the Hulk into an action-packed psychological study; Bruce Banner and his opposite were fully-realized characters locked in a fascinating tug-of-war that dragged the readers through studies of personality disorders and abuse. And it was hilarious.

    It was David who introduced “Grey Hulk,” also known as Mr. Fixit, a quantum leap in terms of character development for the Hulk:

    The Gray Hulk was smarter, meaner, more cunning than Green Hulk. No longer a dumbfounded toddler lashing out at the world, he became the sharp-tongued teenager no longer afraid of his dad. Mr. Fixit, as Gray Hulk came to be known, was clever, brash, and always looking for an advantage.

    Their verdict? Hulk Visionaries: Peter David is required reading:

    The Hulk that emerged in the final years of David’s story blended the best elements of each personality. Banner’s intellect combined with the Green Hulk’s power and Mr. Fixit’s assertiveness. A man transformed, an adult who been to his darkest places and embraced them, and returned, at last, complete.

    You can read the entire review over at ComicsAlliance now. It convinced me to go back and re-read it–how about you? What’s your favorite Hulk creative team? Post your opinion below!



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    Dark Tower: The Gunslinger comic book adaptation on the horizon

    Marvel, in collaboration with Stephen King, is proud to announce a new chapter in the Dark Tower graphic fiction adaptation-DARK TOWER: THE GUNSLINGER. Beginning in 2010, The New York Times Best-Selling creative team of Peter David, Robin Furth and Richard Isanove return for a new arc exploring the life of Roland Deschain, revealing how and why he began his pursuit of the man in black across Mid-World’s Mohaine Desert!

    Beginning another epic tale, told over multiple limited series, DARK TOWER: THE GUNSLINGER marks another milestone for the graphic fiction sensation that’s captivated fans worldwide. The Dark Tower collaboration between Marvel and Stephen King has drawn accolades from all corners, revolutionizing the comic book industry with previously unprecedented mainstream media coverage and the first worldwide midnight openings for a graphic fiction series.

    “We are extremely excited to continue our epic journey into the DARK TOWER universe with THE GUNSLINGER,” says Ruwan Jayatilleke, Senior Vice President, Strategic Development-Acquisitions & Licensing. “And we are equally ecstatic to continue our collaboration with Stephen King as well as keeping comic book fans on their toes!”

    Following the climactic Battle of Jericho Hill, Roland Deschain now begins the most important journey of his young life in DARK TOWER: THE GUNSLINGER.

    The first 100 people to pre-order the first issue of the adaptation will save 30%! Make sure to log in to your account and sign up for the Product Announcements Newsletter. We’ll send an email out as soon as the first issue goes up for sale. Don’t miss out on the savings, sign up for Product Announcements today.

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