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Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider Gets His Own Series in April

He's bringing a hoodie with him.

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This April, one of the most controversial characters in Marvel history returns to don the mask (and hoodie!) once more. Today, Marvel is pleased to announce BEN REILLY: THE SCARLET SPIDER #1 – the new series from New York Times Bestselling creators Peter David (Amazing Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2099) and Mark Bagley (Ultimate Spider-Man, All-New X-Men)! That’s right, Ben Reilly is webslinging his way back into comic shops everywhere later this year and he’s bringing two of the most accomplished & beloved Spider-Man creators of all-time with him! Only question is – will it be as a hero…or a villain?

It was the twist that shocked the world. Ben Reilly had returned, but not as he once was. Twisted and manipulated by the villainous Jackal, the fallen clone is out to break the cycle, and reclaim his destiny. Not as Peter Parker’s clone – but as his own man. Will suiting up once more as the Scarlet Spider be enough to outrun his personal demons? All while being able to stay one step ahead of the man hunting him – Kaine Parker – the former Scarlet Spider?!

“This book is not your usual Spider-Fare,” says Executive Editor, VP of Content & Digital Publishing Nick Lowe. “Peter David and Mark Bagley are taking this character into uncharted territory that’s both rip-roaring and troubling.”

His old life is over. It’s time for a new beginning. But can you ever truly outrun your past? Find out as the iconic fan-favorite character returns to the fore once again in BEN REILLY: THE SCARLET SPIDER #1 – coming this April!

BEN REILLY: THE SCARLET SPIDER #1

Written by PETER DAVID

Art & Cover by MARK BAGLEY

On-Sale in April!

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The costume is horrid.

Why does his mouth line show in the mask.

The overall design looks really, really bad. Cause he literally looks like an alien dick.

Just give him his original costume with a few minor teaks.

I hope they change the design before release.

Still have confidence in Peter David.

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Posted By laabitres

dang another spider-man book....goodie

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Edited By Teerack

I am so happy that Ben is back. What I find really hopeful is the fact the book is named "Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider" very similar to how they did "Sam Wilson: Captain America" and "Steve Rogers: Captain America" maybe this means we might be seeing a "Kane Parker: The Scarlet Spider" some time soon. *crosses fingers*

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Edited By RedHood1047

I was hoping for a Kaine centric title, although i like Ben, Kaine is my second favorite character of Marvel and deserves to have his own series again

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Posted By NightFang3

Get ride of the hoodie and mouth thing and it would look better.

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Posted By MKW69
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Posted By superhoodie

Meh

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Posted By Avenging-X-Bolt

That suit looks pretty bad

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Posted By simonchan

That new suit is so ugly... makes spiderman 2099's new suit look timeless... (pun intended)

I'm missing kaine's SS version.. but glad ben is back..

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Posted By Bl00dwerK

Why is he smirking like an idiot?

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Edited By ThanosIsMad

That costume needs to go.

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Edited By 2cool4fun

I'm glad he's back...but I don't want him to take over as the Scarlet Spider :/

Kaine won my heart over with the last Scarlet Spider book, I want him back again :(

@redhood1047 Hopefully my friend, seeing as how the title starts with "Ben Reilly" maybe this will be like the duo captain America thing...at even tho I'm not a fan of so many duo same name heroes, I'd still rather take that over just Ben.

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Posted By greenlucario

Might try this, but I need more Kaine. I'm a bit worried what this will mean for Kaine's involvement after Clone Conspiracy.

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Posted By Aros001

Will probably need to see more than one image of the costume before I really judge it, probably just to see if the smile is really effecting the look or not.

Also I find it kind of funny how many people just flipped out over the main series bringing back Ben as a villain, ranting about how they were going to destroy his character just for the sensationalism of it, and now we know that we're getting a book starring Ben that will deal with the consequences of the Clone Conspiracy, regardless of what they are.

I get that this is the internet but people really have a tendency to overreact over these stories.

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Posted By RaunJisto

@greenlucario: Kaine is going to be a supporting character in the book too. So he's still alive.

But goodness. That mouth-line is just disturbing. It also makes it look like he has no nose.

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Edited By Druzzie

And it will fail just like the original Scarlet Spider series. No one want to read about a second rate clone, hope they don't plan on making too much on it. He's a niche character at best, especially with how they have not solve Peter Parker new role. Heck put Peter David on Spiderman and replace Dan Slott.

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Posted By zombietag

this has got to be one of the most 90s books to be hitting the shelves. everything down to 90s writer and artist!!

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Posted By El_tio_este

@teerack said:

I am so happy that Ben is back. What I find really hopeful is the fact the book is named "Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider" very similar to how they did "Sam Wilson: Captain America" and "Steve Rogers: Captain America" maybe this means we might be seeing a "Kane Parker: The Scarlet Spider" some time soon. *crosses fingers*

Well.........I don't have that much faith in marvel for them to do such a thing. Don't get me wrong, I would be like ''shut up and take my F$%& money marvel'' if they do something like that, but it would be weird, I mean right now there are a lot of characters and titles charing the same name (2 captains america, 2 hawkeyes, 2 spidermen, 2 titles with the name iron man and thor in it........), it just would be too much for new readers maybe.............but for us it would be the best thing ever. XD

I really like kaine as a character, his background and his evolution until these days make me want him to stay alive(and around) from now on. I don't want him dying and coming back, just one more time doing that and he would officially be the new jean grey of marvel. XD

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Posted By zombietag

@ursaber:

Cause he literally looks like an alien dick.

Have you seen one before? ....wait don't answer that.....

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Posted By scott_summers52

That suit gives me flashbacks to that one 90s Clone Saga character "Spidercide."

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Posted By Nerevarine_11

I'm sure @Solid_Snake97 is anticipating yet ANOTHER Spider person in the same universe. Dis is gr8

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Posted By Dernman

Ugh more Spiders just what we need. Marvel sure knows how to drown a concept to death.

THe costume is ugly.

I haven't been reading Spider-Man because of the trashing Slott has been doing so I'm a bit lost.

I thought Ben came back as evil? Has Kain gone evil again?

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Posted By Thatlyn Yoaeg'ill'rymmin

This! I prefer having a Kain Parker Book, but this format in the title let me hope for the future :)

@teerack said:

I am so happy that Ben is back. What I find really hopeful is the fact the book is named "Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider" very similar to how they did "Sam Wilson: Captain America" and "Steve Rogers: Captain America" maybe this means we might be seeing a "Kane Parker: The Scarlet Spider" some time soon. *crosses fingers*

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Posted By werst9

well....all the new spider-hero costumes cant be winners....i guess.....ewwwwwwww....dot dot dot

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Posted By ursaber

@ursaber:

Cause he literally looks like an alien dick.

Have you seen one before? ....wait don't answer that.....

Then don't ask.

However if you really wanna know: http://static.giantbomb.com/uploads/square_small/3/31838/957961-mara.jpg

Japanese culture is disturbing.

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Posted By Mizerous

Nice spoilers Marvel :v

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Posted By Rubear

Might try this, but I need more Kaine. I'm a bit worried what this will mean for Kaine's involvement after Clone Conspiracy.

This! I prefer having a Kain Parker Book, but this format in the title let me hope for the future :)

@teerack said:

I am so happy that Ben is back. What I find really hopeful is the fact the book is named "Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider" very similar to how they did "Sam Wilson: Captain America" and "Steve Rogers: Captain America" maybe this means we might be seeing a "Kane Parker: The Scarlet Spider" some time soon. *crosses fingers*

I was hoping for a Kaine centric title, although i like Ben, Kaine is my second favorite character of Marvel and deserves to have his own series again

All while being able to stay one step ahead of the man hunting him – Kaine Parker – the former Scarlet Spider?!

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Posted By SmoothSanta

I'm glad they brought back Ben Reilly, was happy to see him in the Spiderverse series and was hoping that one would survive...even though he went out like a boss.

Gonna be cool seeing how Kaine reacts.

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Posted By SilverPool

I miss Kaine 😳

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Posted By superior_prime_maybe

*Everyone loves Gwen's hoodie*

Ben: but I did it first

Everyone: so?Ben: that's my thing!

Everyone: Chill

Ben: *comes in wearing new costume* look guys. Ain't I cool??

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Posted By Gotham331

How many spider types do we need? You know what, nevermind. Just keep making em and we'll keep buying em.

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Posted By Solid_Snake97
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Posted By Solid_Snake97

Peter Parker

Miles Morales

(ugh...can't believe Marvel just won't let her be) Spider-Gwen

Cindy Moon (WHYYYYYY Marvel??!)

Anya Corazon

Jessica Drew

Kaine Parker

Ben Reilly

No Marvel just no, it's bad enough that we have more than 4 Spider Women for some reason but now you bring back another clone?

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Posted By Knightsofdarkness2

Peter Parker

Miles Morales

(ugh...can't believe Marvel just won't let her be) Spider-Gwen

Cindy Moon (WHYYYYYY Marvel??!)

Anya Corazon

Jessica Drew

Kaine Parker

Ben Reilly

No Marvel just no, it's bad enough that we have more than 4 Spider Women for some reason but now you bring back another clone?

Agreed. Nobody even likes most of them. Peter is the only one I really care about TBH.

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Posted By Ran

I gotta say, never been a huge fan of Ben Reilly outside of his cool costumes, present design excluded, but I hope they don't bury all of Kaine's character progression throughout the years just to antagonize Ben.

I would have actually dug a scarlet suited Ben, like in the clone conspiracy, with a more spider-centric mask

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Edited By ursaber

Peter Parker

Miles Morales

(ugh...can't believe Marvel just won't let her be) Spider-Gwen

Cindy Moon (WHYYYYYY Marvel??!)

Anya Corazon

Jessica Drew

Kaine Parker

Ben Reilly

No Marvel just no, it's bad enough that we have more than 4 Spider Women for some reason but now you bring back another clone?

Don't forget Spider Man 2099.

The roster needs to be reduced to just Peter Parker Spider Man and Jessica Drew Spider Woman. They also need to bring Renew Your Vows into Earth 616 and have the official and true Spider Family.

  • Miles needs to take on another identity or go back to Ultimate Universe which has been revealed to survive but still not revealed yet.
  • Spider Gwen needs to disappear and the only thing that remains of her should be white hoodies reminiscent of her costume used on pedestrians and extras.
  • Cindy Moon at least has her own name and she has a popular following so she's not going anywhere.
  • Anya Corazon, don't know a thing about her. What's she doing?
  • Kaine Parker was awesome and under the Scarlet Spider mantle he's become relevant.
  • Ben Reilly, don't care about him anymore.
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Posted By TheRedHood44

This is hurting my eyes, he looks like a creepy idiot who would bang your mom while starring at you, JUST BRING HIS OLD SUIT BACK IT WAS BADASS! This looks horrid, maybe if you use darker colors remove the hoodie and smile and it would look cool but damn get his old suit and make it more modern this is....ugh I loved Ben make him normal geez

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Posted By Jonez_

ew

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Posted By PenguinDust

Hmm...It's been all these years and I am still not over the Spider-Clone saga.

Honestly, I would have preferred it Spider-Ham got his own book again.

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Posted By sesquipedalophobe

That's it. I'm strictly DC now.

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Posted By stormphoenix

Honest question do we REALLY NEED another Spider Person????

And how many Spider People are alive in the Universe???

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Posted By victorcheenoanleu

I come to comicvine for the negativity

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Posted By gamiz7

I actually like this costume,the only problem i have is the art makes it look like he has no dick

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Posted By SkullKnight

I hope the costume is just a very early april fools joke. Wonder what they were thinking about when they were designing his costume. "Oh, we should make a hole in the mask for the mouth, it'll be just like pulling on the heartstrings of Venom fans!" (I know its just the mouth outline on the mask but wouldn't that be something?)

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Posted By Ran

I come to comicvine for the negativity

And do we ever let ya down? ;)

Also y'all

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Posted By Wowlock

So the whole Jackal thing ruined Ben...and now he will be even worse ? I mean the guy died in every possible fashion and now convinced that he should re-animate everybody, even though they will turn into freaking zombies in the end. Somehow he will escape in the end and be nothing like Ben Reiley the people love. Getting hunted by Kaine of all people.

I honestly have no hope for this, not after what Marvel did to many characters and how it tainted them to the point of me never wanting to read anything with them in it. Besides, we are at the Spider-overload for titles. I mean even Batman didn't have this much.

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Posted By TheRedHood44

@thekinfing: it's hurting my eyes, they just just give him his old suit back and modernize it a little, he looks disgusting and wig a damn smile geez