Ben Reilly’s Chasm made his debut in this week’s Amazing Spider-Man #93. After taking over as Spider-Man for the past few months in the “Beyond Era,” Reilly has undergone some profound changes. Throughout the pages of Amazing Spider-Man, readers have seen Ben do a lot of soul-searching. The Parker clone came to an unexpected conclusion in the recent finale: Peter Parker is to blame for everything. Now, as Chasm, Reilly is poised to shake up Parker’s new era in Amazing Spider-Man #1.
Wait, I thought Peter Parker was Spider-Man!
This new era of Amazing Spider-Man begins with Peter Parker being taken out of commission. This stemmed from a terrible battle that left his clone, Ben Reilly, taking over as the web-slinger. However, Reilly is under the control of the mysterious Beyond Corporation.
Throughout the saga, hit creators like Zeb Wells, Saladin Ahmed, Cody Ziglar, Kelly Thompson, and Patrick Gleason took Ben on a journey. Over 19 issues, Reilly uncovers some hard truths about himself and is forced to do some serious soul-searching. In a classic tale of a clone realizing something is missing, Ben comes to a terrible conclusion in the end. He feels that Peter Parker is responsible for all the wrongs in his life.
So, if Ben Reilly is Spider-Man, How Is He Also Chasm?
After deciding to blame Parker for all that is wrong, Ben decided to do something about it. This led to a disastrous battle between the two Spider-Men. The battle ends with Parker victorious, and Reilly appears to perish. However, not is all as it seems. Reilly did not perish as Parker believes. Instead, he now goes under the guise of Chasm, the latest in a long line of Peter Parker archenemies.
In the upcoming new era of Amazing Spider-Man, Zeb Wells and John Romita Jr. will introduce a new journey for Ben.“Though this story is coming to an end, Ben Reilly’s journey is just beginning,” shared Wells. “Keep reading Amazing Spider-Man to find out if Peter can pull Ben back from the Chasm.”
Amazing Spider-Man #93 is out now!