Review: The Clone Conspiracy #1

the_clone_conspiracy_1_main_coverThe Jackal is back and has conquered death. The Amazing Spider-Man is outmatched by his classic enemy’s army. Does the wall-crawler stand a chance? SHOULD he stand in The Jackal’s way if he’s found the key to eternal life?

Marvel‘s next Spider-Man event kicks off here and when writer Dan Slott said this is a key issue it is. I won’t say this is quite the level as say the Doctor Octopus reveal which Slott compared it to, but it’s definitely an important comic for the story.

The Clone Conspiracy #1 really brings together the lead-up and lays things out on the table as far as what’s going on when it comes to “Dead No More.” The “clones” are explained as Spider-Man goes through the recent history and does some research to figure out what’s going on.

The issue is a good one as it has enough to catch folks up to what’s going on and also explain things better for folks who have been reading things. There’s some action. There’s some humor. There’s also some solid emotion as Peter has to deal with his decisions that have lead to a death.

And that’s what I think this series might be about. Lets face it, a lot of folks have died around Peter Parker due to his being Spider-Man. I have a feeling that’s what Slott is going to be exploring here and if that’s the “theme” of this event, it’s an actual interesting one.

Jim Cheung‘s art is awesome. Justin Ponsor helps with the color and with Cheung it’s beautiful to look at. I’ve really liked the art for recent Spider-Man stories and this is no exception. There’s cool use of panels and angles of perspective. We don’t get the signature exagerated Spider-Man poses, but it’s really good.

There is a second part of the issue and I don’t want to give that away because I’m not sure if that’s the thing Slott has been hinting towards. There’s a return of a villain, but there’s also backstory to one of the clones. The art for that isn’t as solid and it adds a bit to a classic story that I’m sure will anger some folks, but it answers some questions for me.

The issue has a goal of getting folks to want to continue to read this story and it did that for me. There’s some good mystery, solid art, and also a weird classic feel to it as well. I’m sure Spider-Man fans will be happy to check it out and there may be enough there to intrigue new readers as well.

Story: Dan Slott Art: Jim Cheung Cover Art: Gabriele Dell’Otto
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.05 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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