Writer: Marc Guggenheim
Penciler: Marco Checchetto, Luke Ross and Rick Magyar
Inker: Marco Checchetto, Luke Ross and Rick Magyar
Story Title: “Who Was Ben Reilly Part One”
Flashbacks. Peter vs. Raptor. The Frontline offices see some drama. More flashbacks. Kaine. Spideydude is a happy camper.
Before I get into this review I want to make it absolutely clear that any commentary written here is mine and mine alone. It is my perception of the issue at hand. I realize there are some people that dug this issue and some of those people are friends of mine and I am by no means trying to insult anyone that is excited for this storyline. I like it when people are jazzed about the books they read. It means that someone is doing something right.
In all honesty I don’t have a whole lot to say about this issue. It wasn’t bad. I mean I’ve read some bad Spider-Man stories lately and this doesn’t even begin to compare to those, but at the same time I really didn’t care for Raptor’s introduction and the follow-up story doesn’t really have me going either.
I mean the guy’s name is Raptor.
Is it 1993? Did Jurassic Park just come out?
As much as I don’t particularly care for anything about this story I will say that this issue was well written. The flashbacks provided more pieces to the puzzle of who the heck Raptor is and how Ben Reilly fits into all of this. There was a definite old school Marvel mad scientist vibe going on here. Actually the flashbacks felt like some of the better episodes of the Incredible Hulk series from the late seventies and early eighties. Dr. Ryder has some issues and Guggenheim did some nice character work in those scenes.
Also the confrontation in the Frontline offices was kind of neat too. I liked the “dream sequence” Guggenheim used. It had me going there for a minute. It made for a dramatic and tense scene and I have to admit as I sit here writing about it I realize how much I enjoyed it.
Despite liking those scenes I am still kind of “eh” about the story as a whole. I do not have a close personal connection to the Clone Saga like some of y’all do. That is not to say I don’t understand that sort of thing because I do. I can equate that sort of love and that “just plain looking forward to it” feeling to things in my own particular wheelhouse. I am just not feeling this one.
So it was good. Just not for me.
One final thing. I know this is something of an all-ages site but the Hostess ad reprinted in this issue is just plain wrong. There is seriously wrong something about seeing the words, “Spider-Man Spoils a Snatch” strung together.
It’s wrong I tell you. Wrong.
Maybe that’s my MJ made the deal with Mephisto.
2.5 out of 5 webheads.