Tuesday, January 10, 2017
After being revealed as the newest incarnation of The Jackal during the events of the currently ongoing "The Clone Conspiracy" storyline, returning Spider-Man clone character Ben Reilly is set to officially embrace his roots and adopt his Scarlet Spider persona once more as Marvel reveals "Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider" - a new ongoing that features the already announced team of writer Peter David and artist Mark Bagley.
Featuring a new costume that is decidedly mixed in elements and opinion (see Bleeding Cool), Ben Reilly's return to his Scarlet Spider identity won't be a fully heroic one, as he is still set to wrestle with his demons coming fresh from his other persona of The Jackal. " Even Peter David, through an interview with Comic Book Resources, gave a pretty apt description of his thoughts writing the character:
"He has his Scarlet Spider identity on one shoulder, urging him to follow his better angels, and the Jackal on the other hand, trying to get him to return to the path that led him to disaster. He’s trapped in the middle, endeavoring to balance the two. Of all the characters I’ve written who are having identity problems — and God knows, I’ve done a few — Ben is easily the most unhinged."
Reilly won't be the only one highlighting the book, as his brother and other Scarlet Spider Kaine will be there too as a supporting character. How this comeback will affect Peter Parker/ Spider-Man is still a mystery, but expect Ben to swing back into the webs when "Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider" hits shops and newsstands this April!