Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider Vol. 3: Slingers Return
I dug the last volume, so why not dig into volume 3? This collection heaps on the Slingers drama with a heavy dose of Prodigy added to the mix. It also focuses on Ben Reilly’s need to do good, thanks to Death making him uglier if he continues to be bad, and the reaction of the Slingers who come to realize he’s probably evil. Writer Peter David is exploring redemption in this story and his use of Death adds a certain level of credibility to the judgment side of things. By the end, you get the sense that some change will happen to the once very evil character, and that’s saying something.
The supernatural element of the story continues to be the outlier that makes the book stand out. I don’t want to spoil it, but a certain character is a literal demon and that gives the story some credibility when you have Death walking around. And hell, it’s all set in Las Vegas, the city of sin, so why not. Considering there are two clones running amok it’s nice to see some otherworldly business going on.
This issue is drawn by Will Sliney (three issues) with André Lima Araújo, David A. Williams, and Ray-Anthony Height drawing two others. Overall, I continue to love what Sliney does. His ability to draw realistic, super muscular body types is excellent for a Spidey book like this. The agility of these characters is fully on display and it looks sharp as hell. There’s also a great comedic bit with a priest that Sliney nails.
A turn in the right direction with more focus ⭐️⭐️⭐️(out of 5)
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