And on that note,Spider-Padre wrote: ↑Sun Nov 05, 2017 9:14 pmI followed the plot-line carefully, and it sounded like there was initial intrigue regarding the red-suited Jackal but then followed not just by a let-down, but strong disapproval. The reveal of Ben as the crazed killer was down-thumbed by his fans. The U.S. military was willing to make a legal contract with a guy wearing an Anubis mask. Ben was never a genius biologist. This Ben wasn't even the real Ben. [Would have been a good stopping point for most writers, but instead, there seems to be no end in sight to slott's interminable run on Spider-Man.
Started the Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider (2017) series by PAD & Bags. Ben running around in a hoodie with a deformed face, latches on to a slot-playing, feisty elderly lady in Vegas by the name of June (he calls her Aunt June)? My my, this sure is very Deadpool-esque, isn't it? Elsewhere, Kaine threatens to waterboard the woman connected to New U to get info on Ben's location.
Look, this isn't actually a bad series so far, because of PAD's considerable writing skill (he sure pens a snappy, interesting comic). But both Ben & Kaine are written like douchebag psychotics here. Very hard to want to root for either of them. I do like Bags' art, he's only improved even more over the years.
Issues #1-2: B- for both. This is nothing like the Ben Reilly I remember. PAD having to spin this comic off from slott's very flawed and ridiculous take on Reilly certainly does no one any favors.
PP: Spider-Man 156.1 - "Old Haunts": These .1 issue are what passed for Marvel commemorating Spidey's 50th several years ago. This one is written by Stern, and unfortunately set during the Bland New Day era (actually very early in Big Time it seems). Peter agrees to take some photos for a Norah Winters expose of a building in an insurance scam, which turns out to be the Acme Warehouse where he faced Uncle Ben's killer. Peter goes back as Spider-Man and gets caught up in some criminal's plot involving digging into old Roxxon property. A lot here for a single installment, but a very solid issue really. I remember this being the best of those mostly lousy & half-assed .1's. B+