Ben Reilly: Spider-Man #1

Writer: J.M. DeMatteis Artist: David Baldeon Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: January 19, 2022 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 20
7.8Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT! Iconic Spider-Man scribe J.M. DeMatteis (KRAVEN'S LAST HUNT, SPIDER-MAN: THE LOST YEARS) returns to spin his webs once more within the Spidey mythos, this time joined by explosive artist David Balde n (WEB WARRIORS, DOMINO)! Together, they're bringing you unlocked memories in the life of BEN REILLY, A.K.A. SPIDER-MAN! Darkness looms over New York City as murders begin to pile up...but how are they all connected? Do the answers Ben is looking for reside in the haunted halls of the RAVENCROFT INSTITUTE? Find out as we return to the era when Ben Reilly was the one, true SPIDER-MAN!

  • 10
    Comic Watch - Jimmy Hayes Jan 17, 2022

    David Baldeon is the artist on this book and theres really nothing I can say to accurately describe just how gorgeous his art is. Take your favorite artist, and put them on steroids. Then take that artist and put him on crack. Now multiply that artist by five, and youll be about halfway to the levels that Baldeon hits on this issue. Look, I knew that I was going to like this book, okay? I wont lie. But I never thought that Id like it to the level that I did. Right now were all tired of those Best of the year lists that everybody puts out. We never remember the stuff that comes out in like the first eight months of the year and then those lists are all made up of stuff that comes out in the fall and during the holidays. Well, Ive got a notebook and Ive already written down Ben Reilly: Spider-Man under Comics of the year. This comic gets my highest recommendation possible. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings Jan 17, 2022

    Ben Reilly: Spider-Man #1 revisits the Scarlet Spider's past, diving deep into Ben Reilly's state of mind as he starts out as Spider-Man. If you've been enjoying the Beyond Saga or you are a fan of Ben Reilly as a character, this should definitely be on your pull list. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jan 19, 2022

    David Baldeons art continues to delight and impress me with its beautiful attention to detail and unique, engaging style. I love the way the art captures character emotion along with awesome action. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jan 19, 2022

    Ben Reilly: Spider-Man #1 is a solid issue. It feels a bit like Ben Reilly has had some redemption since his debut so many decades ago and this is a prime example of how well the character can be used. There's a lot to mine and this series feels like it might be the final bit of vindication that his creation so long ago might have been a hell of a thing after all. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerdly - Dean Fuller Jan 24, 2022

    If you can see past all the crossovers and big events that will try and catch your eye, this book looks like being a hidden gem. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Jan 17, 2022

    With Ben Reilly being Spider-Man over in Amazing, now is the perfect time to give the fans more Reilly, especially given as how far removed we are from the dreaded Clone Saga. Of course Peter will be back soon, but this series could end up giving Reilly his own set of Rogues which could lead to a full run down the line. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Nathan Simmons Jan 17, 2022

    'Ben Reilly: Spider-Man' gets into the Amazing Spider-Clone's head in interesting ways. But most of all, this book reminds people that Ben Reilly has always been worthy of the name Spider-Man. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    The Comicbook Dispatch - kcscribbles Jan 17, 2022

    Ben Reilly Spider-Man #1 is a slow start to a 5-part story. It gives brief insights into Ben's current situation, introduces a mystery and sets up a conflict with another villain for next issue, which hopefully will expand the story to make it more epic than it appears here. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jan 24, 2022

    DeMatteis, as always, crafts a really fascinating script but somehow the combination of a Balden's new style and the over-produced colors really brings the visuals down for me. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Tim Adams Jan 19, 2022

    It is cool to see callbacks to current themes like the Ravencroft Institute and forgotten villains like Carrion and Vermin, so for readers looking for an different Spider-Man story, they should be in luck. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Multiversity Comics - Quinn Tassin Jan 24, 2022

    "Spider-Man: Ben Reilly" #1 is the definition of mediocre Read Full Review

  • 10
    Rachit Mittal Jan 20, 2022

    Did Marvel just confirmed that Peter MJ had child in Past?
    I thought OMD/OMIT retconned the Mayday out of mainstream Marvel universe. But it seems like miscarriage is still a part of their history. I think it's cool. Miscarriage was part of their history. An essential I consider. It matured both as character. Wow.

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  • 10
    Jeff Plaza Jan 20, 2022

    This is my favorite spider-man issue in a long time. It feels like classic spidey with a touch of 90s clone saga. I wish the main ongoing was written more like this tone. J.M. Dematies is killing it!

  • 9.5
    Afre Jan 19, 2022

    The Clone Saga -comics are one of the oldest Spidey comics I own. And one of the firsts I read. So Ben's tenure as Spider-Man in the late 90s is very familiar to me. And I always enjoyed those parts and I enjoyed Ben as a character back then.

    So reading this? It felt like putting back old, but warm and comfortable sweater. It's good. I don't know how good it is to new readers, but to me it was wonderful.

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  • 8.5

    I really enjoyed this one. It is very wordy, like DeMatteis tends to be, but he actually makes Ben an interesting character, so it's not a slog to get through. If you have any nostalgia for 90s Spidey, this will be a fun read for you.

  • 8.0
    UxasIs Jan 20, 2022

    Far form perfect, a lot of it felt a bit aged to me. But this was an emotional story nonetheless, with an interesting characterisation of ben reilly. Great to see J.M. DeMatteis make a return as well.

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  • 8.0
    Merlyn Jan 19, 2022

    I like the fact that Ben Reilly is given this much attention these days and while this was indeed wordy, most of the narration had purpose. I totally dislike the art, though, it's just not my cup of tea at all. I cringed a little at the "supervillain is an offensive and toxic term" but that's a minor complaint. I'm curios to see what comes next but that artwork really kills a lot of the joy for me.

  • 7.5
    Federico Liguori Jan 19, 2022

    I'm very curious about the next issues. These projects always intrigue me! Good script, good art (but I find it completely out of place for a story set in the '90s, during the Clone Saga). There won't be huge twists (we're talking about a flashback story after all), but I'll keep going for sure.

  • 7.0
    CrazyforRAMU Jun 3, 2022

    I get that this is a treat for readers who grew up with Ben Reilly as "their" Spider-Man, and I see that includes a lot of the users here.

    But that's not me.

    I appreciate that this issue gives me a thorough rundown on the Clone Saga mess and how it's affecting Ben at this moment. That background does slow the pace, though.

    I'm usually all for clarity in comics but this issue shows you can have too much of a good thing. I also like thematic links -- places where the author shows you how different story elements are related. There's a lot of that going on here, but not done with any subtlety.

    The graveyard scene, for example, feels like Mr. DeMatteis is screaming "Ben! And! Carrion! Have! Very! Si more

  • 10
    Mkhan Apr 5, 2022

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  • 9.0
    motorik Jan 19, 2022

  • 8.5
    flodid Jan 20, 2022

  • 8.0
    iPodwithnomusic Jul 11, 2022

  • 8.0
    _maite14 Jun 26, 2022

  • 8.0
    K-23 Apr 26, 2022

  • 8.0
    tonpas1989 Feb 24, 2022

  • 7.5
    ed1138 May 4, 2022

  • 7.5
    Adsun22 Jan 20, 2022

  • 7.5
    ComicWorm Jan 19, 2022

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