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Subj: Re: Thoughts on the new Scarlet Spider series
Posted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 at 10:09:45 am EDT (Viewed 143 times)
Reply Subj: Thoughts on the new Scarlet Spider series
Posted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 at 02:01:14 pm EDT (Viewed 216 times)
First of all I am glad that Ben is back, I've really waited for this for 20 years.
I also have to say that I was worried because the Ben Reilly we see now is behaving very differently that the one we knew 20 years ago.
Still I think of him as THE Ben Reilly, he just went nuts because of the Jackal's torture.
I mean, he was killed 23 times in different, painful ways. People went crazy for less than that.
Also the "new" cloning mechanism kept the persons mind and memory intact. That why he does remember those deaths and that's why I see am as the real deal.
Sure, his body was re-created, but the person is the same.
Otherwise you could ask if someone who got e.g. a heart transplant is still the same afterwards. Or is Peter Parker still the Peter Parker we knew since he was reborn out of the giant spider in The Other storyline? I think so.
So while I still don't like what they did to Ben and the status he is in right now, I can accept that they had to do something different to him to justify a new book. He can't just be the Ben Reilly that was Spider-Man, because that is already Peter Parker.
I do enjoy reading new stories of Ben Reilly though, and seeing him in the old Scarlet Spider costume is really awesome. Still I very much hope that he will get better, will get his face fixed and maybe going back to blonde.
I think it will happen eventually, until then this hope gives me a little bit extra excitement every issue.
Overall I am just glad that Ben is back and I enjoy reading this book. I hope it will last for a very long time.
"Guess I'm as delusional as Parker, after all. But it's a good delusion, I think. And it sure as hell beats being a nobody."
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