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Preview: Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #25

Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #25

(W) Peter David (A) Bruno Olivera (CA) Khary Randolph
Rated T+
In Shops: Oct 10, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• Ever since the conclusion of THE CLONE CONSPIRACY, everything in Ben Reilly’s life has been leading to this.
• With young Abigail Mercury’s life in his grasp, will Ben find the strength within himself to do the right thing and save her, and his soul?
• Or will he succumb to his worst instincts and try to destroy the DIOGENES INITIATIVE… and damn himself in the process?!

Preview: Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #24

Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #24

(W) Peter David (A) Bruno Olivera (CA) Khary Randolph
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 26, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• They say the road to Hell is paved with good intentions, and in BEN REILLY’s case, that may be literal!
• For months, Ben’s attempts to cure a young girl’s rare illness have proved fruitless – that is, until a mysterious benefactor from the DIOGENES INITIATIVE reaches out to him with the promise of salvation…for a price.
• Ben’s made his fair share of bad choices in the past, but will it matter if he makes this one for the right reasons? And more importantly, will that be enough to save his soul?

First Impressions Featuring: Gods, Bullets and Spiders

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s First Impressions where we take a look at a handful of comics in order to discern just how accessible they are for new readers, because every comic could be somebody’s first – and that’s the first question that’ll be answered with this feature. The second is whether youshould  start there because sometimes a book could be accessible to new readers but the quality could be less than average, and so each comic will receive a score out of ten based upon Graphic Policy’s typical ten point scale.

Where possible we’ll also be providing  recap of sorts for the relevant story beats up until the issue in question in order to help you figure out if the series is something you’re interested in, assuming we’ve read any part of the story thus far. All comics were provided for review purposes unless otherwise noted.


 

Asgardians Of The Galaxy #1 (Marvel)
Can a new reader start here? Yes
Recap, review: With no idea how this team formed, I can’t give you a recap. But that doesn’t matter because this is an easy comic to jump into (and there’s Throg, Frog of Thunder!).
Rating: 8.4

Border Town #1 (DC/Vertigo)
Can a new reader start here? Yes
Recap, review: A comic with a not so subtle social commentary, a cultural mythology lesson and some fantastic characters? Hell yeah. This is one of the best things I’ve read all week.
Rating: 9.1

Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #23 (Marvel)
Can a new reader start here? Yes, kinda.
Recap, review: So Ben Reilly was a villain and made a deal with the devil, he owes a cure to terminal illness to somebody and his “brother” is going to kill him when he does cure her because his crimes were so egrecious. Sound fun? Wait till you get to the two twists and all the character development.
Rating: 8.4

United States vs. Murder, Inc #1 (DC/Jinxworld)
Can a new reader start here? Yes
Recap, review: Ever wondered how a person gets their start as a mafia enforcer? This oddly charming comic blends familial ties with murder as an uncle inducts his niece into the casually brutal way of life of a mafia enforcer while questioning why a woman can’t dothe job.
Rating: 8.7

Cover #1 (DC/Jinxworld)
Can a new reader start here? Yes
Recap, review: Weird, wonderful and beautifully illustrated, this is a love letter to the artist’s process wrapped up in a story that begins to reveal itself as the comics progresses.
Rating: 8.5

Immortal Hulk #5 (Marvel)
Can a new reader start here? Yes, more or less
Recap, review: How deadly is the monster within? That’s the question aked here amidst a backdrop of Hulk unleashing against an enemy that can stand his punches. We get a little in story scene setting before an epic battle ensues. Yes, we’re five issues in, bu this is still a relatively safe place to start from (I say this as I don’t know if I read the last issue).
Rating: 8.9

Old Man Logan Annual #1 (Marvel)
Can a new reader start here? Yes
Recap, review: Set before Old Man Logan came to the 616 universe, this standalone tale has him facing off against a gang taking a hero for inspiration and wisting it horribly. Becayse it’s standalone, you can read this without ever having gone near the main series.
Rating: 8.1

Preview: Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #23

Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #23

(W) Peter David (A) Will Sliney (CA) Khary Randolph
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 05, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• They say the road to Hell is paved with good intentions, and in BEN REILLY’s case, that may be literal!
• For months, Ben’s attempts to cure a young girl’s rare illness have proved fruitless – that is, until a mysterious benefactor from the DIOGENES INITIATIVE reaches out to him with the promise of salvation…for a price.
• Ben’s made his fair share of bad choices in the past, but will it matter if he makes this one for the right reasons? And more importantly, will that be enough to save his soul?

Preview: Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #18

Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #18

(W) Peter David (A) Andre Araujo (CA) Khary Randolph
Rated T+
In Shops: May 16, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• MYSTERIO swore to Ben Reilly that he was on the straight and narrow, and Quentin Beck thought he was retired…until his DAUGHTER blew into town.
• And the SCARLET SPIDER is the only one who can get between “MYSTERIA” and her big score.
• It’s not money she’s after…but a strange and powerful artifact.
• Let’s just say that Mysteria really puts the “magic” in magician!

Preview: Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #17

Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #17

(W) Peter David (A) Will Sliney (CA) Khary Randolph
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 11, 2018
SRP: $3.99

DAMNATION TIE-IN!
• For years, MEPHISTO has had a fascination with the Parker clan…
• In this issue, does the King of Hell claim the ultimate prize? The soul of a certain wall-crawling, web-slinging friendly neighborhood Spider-Clone?!

Preview: Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #16

Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #16

Story: Peter David Art: Will Sliney
Color: Rachelle Rosenberg Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover: Khary Randolph, Emilio Lopez
Executive Editor: Nick Lowe Editor: Devin Lewis Assistant Editor: Tom Groneman
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 28, 2018
SRP: $3.99

DAMNATION TIE-IN!
• Ben Reilly is the Spider-Man who can’t die – the only spider to slip through Mephisto’s grasp time and again.
• But even the Scarlet Spider cannot avoid DAMNATION, and Mephisto’s obsession with the Parker clan may cost Ben more than his life…

Preview: Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #15

Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #15

Story: Peter David Art: Will Sliney
Color: Rachelle Rosenberg Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover: Khary Randolph, Emilio Lopez
Executive Editor: Nick Lowe Editor: Devin Lewis Assistant Editor: Tom Groneman
Rated T
In Shops: Mar 14, 2018
SRP: $3.99

DAMNATION TIE-IN!
• Hotel Inferno towers above the ruined Las Vegas skyline.
• BEN REILLY allies with new friends and old enemies to battle the forces of MEPHISTO – but what insidious deals has the demon struck?
• Can the people of Las Vegas – and Ben’s soul – be saved from DAMNATION?!

Preview: Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #14

Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #14

(W) Peter David (A) David Williams, Ray-Anthony Height (CA) Khary Randolph
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 14, 2018
SRP: $3.99

BAD TO THE BONE PART 1
• Ben Reilly’s ally and new benefactor, Cassandra Mercury, has deduced his secret identity as the Scarlet Spider!
• But with Ben’s psyche hanging the balance, will Cassandra use that knowledge against him?
• And if she does, will Ben be able to control how he responds?!

Preview: Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #13

Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #13

(W) Peter David (A) Will Sliney (CA) Khary Randolph
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 31, 2018
SRP: $3.99

THE SLINGERS RETURN Part 4
• After learning where the Hornet’s true allegiances lie, the Slingers switch sides and team up with the Scarlet Spider to take him down!
• But will their combined might be enough to stop him?
• PLUS: Ben’s secret identity may be compromised by one of his most trusted allies in Vegas, and it sure ain’t making his life any easier!

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