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Review: Ben Reilly: Spider-Man #1

Ben Reilly: Spider-Man #1

Growing up, I wasn’t the biggest Spider-Man fan. It’s not a character I read a lot of comics of. I’d hope into arcs every so often but never regularly reading the series. I missed the controversial “Clone Saga” and thus Ben Reilly wasn’t a character I really knew beyond the initial hatred. With “Beyond”, I’ve gotten to know the character a bit more as he’s taken center stage again. Ben Reilly: Spider-Man #1 builds off of that renewed interest taking us back to those early years in a story focused on Reilly as he attempts to figure out what he should do next.

Not being familiar with the history, I’m sure there’s a lot I miss with Ben Reilly: Spider-Man #1. But, even not knowing a lot, it’s a hell of a comic that’s fun and enjoyable with a nice emotional punch to it. Taking us back to when Ben was the one true Spider-Man, the comic does a smart job of catching readers up to what the status was at this point in comics. But, it also moves things along at a brisk pace. The focus is Ben as a person as he struggles with his history and his role as Spider-Man. Is he the clone? Is he the real Peter? What should he do? Reilly delivers a hero who is the very definition of unsure of himself. He literally does not know who he is on multiple levels. It’s an interesting focus that can be dissected in so many different ways.

J.M. DeMatteis delivers so much more than that though. We get the setup of the villain to come, a killer who murders on the first date but also a battle with a villain. The battle feels very “classic Spider-Man” despite it being a “new” version of the character. He uses his fists and so much more to stop the villain and it delivers an emotional punch. It emphasizes this is a bit of a different Spider-Man in some ways and that DeMatteis is going to take us on a journey that explores Reilly as a person.

The art by David Baldeón is solid with a look that feels like an updated take on that classic era. With color by Israel Silva and lettering by Joe Caramagna, the art really delivers home to emotional swings DeMatteis goes for in the issue. From anger to sadness, and everything in between, it’s an issue that you really need to focus as much on Reilly’s body language as to what’s also being written in the dialogue and thought bubbles. It’s a fantastic combo and deliver.

Ben Reilly: Spider-Man #1 is a solid issue. It feels a bit like Ben Reilly has had some redemption since his debut so many decades ago and this is a prime example of how well the character can be used. There’s a lot to mine and this series feels like it might be the final bit of vindication that his creation so long ago might have been a hell of a thing after all.

Story: J.M. DeMatteis Art: David Baldeón
Color: Israel Silva Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Ben Reilly: Spider-Man #1

Ben Reilly: Spider-Man #1

(W) J.M. Dematteis (A) David Baldeon (CA) Steve Skroce
In Shops: Jan 19, 2022
SRP: $3.99

BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT! Iconic Spider-Man scribe J.M. DeMatteis (KRAVEN’S LAST HUNT, SPIDER-MAN: THE LOST YEARS) returns to spin his webs once more within the Spidey mythos, this time joined by explosive artist David Balde n (WEB WARRIORS, DOMINO)! Together, they’re bringing you unlocked memories in the life of BEN REILLY, A.K.A. SPIDER-MAN! Darkness looms over New York City as murders begin to pile up…but how are they all connected? Do the answers Ben is looking for reside in the haunted halls of the RAVENCROFT INSTITUTE? Find out as we return to the era when Ben Reilly was the one, true SPIDER-MAN!

Ben Reilly: Spider-Man #1

Preview: Justice League Infinity #7 (of 7)

Justice League Infinity #7 (of 7)

(W) James Tucker, J. M. DeMatteis (A) Ethen Beavers
In Shops: Jan 05, 2022
SRP: $3.99

The entity released from the Mirrored Room has accomplished its goal and is erasing the Multiverse and all of existence once and for all. In a last-ditch effort, using all his willpower, John Stewart saves what friends he can. Trapped in a construct bubble, the team works to formulate a plan of action, but is it too late? Is this the end of the Justice League?

Justice League Infinity #7 (of 7)

Preview: Justice League Infinity #6

Justice League Infinity #6

Written by: J.M. DeMatteis
Art by: Ethen Beavers

Both Justice Leagues arrive at the nexus of all realities, the Mirrored Room. Though they had hoped to find their old friend Amazo, what the League finds left behind in the ruins of the shattered mirrors is a far cry from the sentient android!

Justice League Infinity #6

Early Preview: Ben Reilly: Spider-Man #1

Ben Reilly: Spider-Man #1

(W) J.M. DeMatteis (A) David Baldeón (CA) Dan Jurgens, Alex Maleev, Skottie Young
In Shops: Jan 19, 2022
SRP: $3.99

BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT! Iconic Spider-Man scribe J.M. DeMatteis (KRAVEN’S LAST HUNT, SPIDER-MAN: THE LOST YEARS) returns to spin his webs once more within the Spidey mythos, this time joined by explosive artist David Baldeon (WEB WARRIORS, DOMINO)! Together, they’re bringing you unlocked memories in the life of BEN REILLY, A.K.A. SPIDER-MAN! Darkness looms over New York City as murders begin to pile up…but how are they all connected? Do the answers Ben is looking for reside in the haunted halls of the RAVENCROFT INSTITUTE? Find out as we return to the era when Ben Reilly was the one, true SPIDER-MAN!

Ben Reilly: Spider-Man #1

Dan Jurgens’ Original Ben Reilly Design is Showcased in Ben Reilly: Spider-Man #1 Covers

This January, fans will get the chance to return to the era when Ben Reilly was the one, true Spider-Man in Ben Reilly: Spider-Man, an all-new limited series by iconic Spider-Man scribe J.M. DeMatteis and explosive artist David Baldeón! To celebrate these untold adventures of Ben Reilly, Marvel is proud to unveil another hidden piece of Ben Reilly history: legendary artist Dan Jurgens’ unused Ben Reilly costume design! Jurgens’ original design sheet and sketch art from 1995 will adorn Ben Reilly: Spider-Man #1 as variant covers and this bold costume may also play a surprising role in Ben Reilly’s saga by the end of the new series…

Here’s what Jurgens had to say about his costume design seeing new light as covers:

Back in 1995 when we were launching the new SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN series with Ben Reilly taking over as Spidey, we decided to tweak his costume. Mark Bagley and I each took a swing and Mark’s classic design—quite appropriately—was the winner. I filed the art away and pretty much forgot about it until the new series came up in a recent conversation and I happened to think of it. Definitely cool now that, after all these years, this other version will finally see the light of day as one of the variants to Ben Reilly: Spider-Man #1. It’s even more cool to be drawing Ben again, with regular variant covers for the duration of the series!

Check out Dan Jurgens’ design below as well as all six covers for Ben Reilly: Spider-Man #1 including variant covers by Skottie Young and Alex Maleev and pick up the debut issue on January 19!

Preview: Justice League Infinity #5

Justice League Infinity #5

Art by: J.M. DeMatteis
Written by: Ethen Beavers

Superman, trapped on Earth-X, teams up with the Freedom Fighters to help them liberate the world from Vandal Savage’s control. Thanks to the added power of the newly arrived Superman-D, the Freedom Fighters might just have what it takes to break into Savage’s stronghold. But what secrets has the immortal tyrant hidden within its walls?

Justice League Infinity #5

Preview: Justice League Infinity #4

Justice League Infinity #4

Written by: J.M. DeMatteis
Art by: Ethen Beavers

After being whisked across the Multiverse, Wonder Woman finds herself trapped on a desolate and barren planet with the last person she’d ever expect to find: DARKSEID! What does the former ruler of Apokolips want with the Amazonian warrior? And what lurks in the shadows of this devastated world?

Justice League Infinity #4

J.M. Dematteis Returns to Marvel in Ben Reilly: Spider-Man

J.M. DeMatteis, writer of influential Spider-Man stories such as Kraven’s Last Hunt and Spider-Man: The Lost Years, will make his celebrated return to Marvel this January with Ben Reilly: Spider-Man! The iconic Spider-Man scribe will reveal new stories in the life of Peter Parker’s clone, Ben Reilly, during his time as Spider-Man. DeMatteis will be joined by X-Factor and Domino artist David Baldeón as they unlock new secrets about this fan-favorite hero! In the same vein as Peter David and Greg Land’s hit Symbiote Spider-Man series, Ben Reilly: Spider-Man will explore thrilling new mysteries set in this classic time in Spider-Man history!

Darkness looms over New York City as murders begin to pile up…but how are they all connected? Meanwhile, a mysterious figure from Ben’s past has crawled his way back into Ben’s life—does the Ravencroft Institute for the Criminally Insane hold the key to their identity?

Return to the era when Ben Reilly was the one, true Spider-Man when Ben Reilly: Spider-Man hits stands in January! Ben Reilly: Spider-Man #1 features a cover by Steve Skroce and David Stewart.

Ben Reilly: Spider-Man

Preview: Justice League Infinity #3

Justice League Infinity #3

Written by: J.M. DeMatteis
Art by: Ethen Beavers

As the worlds continue to bleed in and out of each other, the Justice League looks to the cosmos to learn how to stop the chaos that’s been wrought. Meanwhile, Superman’s journey through the Multiverse brings him face to face with another Man of Steel, but is this one friend or foe?

Justice League Infinity #3
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