(W) Dan Slott, Christos Gage, Peter David (A) Cory Smith, Mark Bagley, Stuart Immonen (CA) James Harren
In Shops: Mar 01, 2017
THE CLONE CONSPIRACY is finished, but the impacts on Spider-Man’s life is HUGE.
The Rhino comes at Spider-Man with an intense fury and aims to pin the spider to the wall… Permanently. What was the final fate of Ben Reilly? Or the Lizard? Witness the first chapter of the next big Spider-Book by Peter David & Mark Bagley!
The Jackal takes drastic measures that Spider-Man, Spider-Gwen and Scarlet Spider could never see coming. This is it, the end of Marvel’s big Spider-Man event that really did shake things up in so many ways.
Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy #5 wraps up (sort of) what’s been building and been played out for months delivering a finale that’s packed with action and lots of unanswered plot lines that sets up what’s to come next.
Writer Dan Slott has guided the world of Peter Parker and Spider-Man for years now and again makes his mark with this event that gives the character new life in a way by returning villains, classic villains, and characters in a way that works in the world of Spider-Man.
As we saw with last issue Peter was trying to figure out how to stop the Jackal and his signal which threatens to kill humanity by unleashing a virus from the decomposing clones. This issue dives right into that with a solution (not really a spoiler, I mean come on!) and an ending that leaves open way too many holes.
The story is an action one, and a reset in a way that has classic villains returned, it’s a goal of the series, clearly a goal of the series that’s focused on action. But what stands this issue apart from the previous is that Slott really focuses on that action aspect. Enough of the previous issues focused on the impact of seeing these characters again on Peter that there was heart to the story. But, with this final issues fast paced nature, those moments are lost in the punching, explosions, and clone dissolving. There’s a little heart missing.
But, the issue also doesn’t feel complete. The ending, which I’m not going to spoil, leaves open a lot of doors, the whole issue really does, with questions as to who survived, who died, and where do things go from here? It’s clear we’ll see a lot of these villains returning to their ways setting up years of battling originals for Spider-Man and the event feels like it’ll be used as a crutch in that way.
I think overall The Clone Conspiracy will be judged in what comes next. It sets up a lot and leaves a lot out there, and where Slott goes next will be key. On its own it’s a perfectly entertaining Spider-Man story playing off his long history (of events).
The art by Jim Cheung continues to be exciting giving us art that pops off of the page as the art enhances Slott’s intentions. Where some are made to be heroic, Cheung perfectly places them so they strike that heroic look and giving it a push from cool to epic. The art for the entire series has been top notch and things don’t disappoint at all here.
On its own, this finale leaves a bit too much out there for me and doesn’t quite feel like the conclusion I was hoping for, instead it acts as a set-up for what’s next. Still, the story overall is entertaining delivering a Spider-Man event that builds on some classics in new ways.
Story: Dan Slott Art: Jim Cheung Cover: Gabriele Dell’Otto Story: 7.5 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read
Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
(W) Dan Slott (A) Jim Cheung (CA) Gabriele Dell’Otto
In Shops: Feb 15, 2017
THE SPIDER-EVENT OF THE YEAR CONCLUDES!
The Jackal takes drastic measures that Spider-Man, Spider-Gwen and Scarlet Spider could never see coming. Jackal’s coup de grâce not only sets a host of resurrected villains loose on the unsuspecting streets of San Francisco, but threatens the lives of everyone on Earth! After months of waiting, heartache and incredible surprises, THIS is the issue Spider-fans around the world will be talking about for years to come!
You won’t believe your eyes when a shocking revelation comes to The Clone Conspiracy #3. Check out a first look from writer Dan Slott, artist Jim Cheung, cover artist Gabriele Dell’Otto, variants by Mark Bagley, Alexander Lozano, and Will Sliney.
Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!
We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.
Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.
Top Pick: Violent Love #1 (Image Comics) – Frank Barbiere and Victor Santos are two great talents, and it is exciting to see them on this book. Violent Love is a story of two notorious bank robbers who fell in love. The story takes places in the American Southwest, and is described as a pulp-infused criminal romance oozing with style and action. The art is fantastic, and I love the premise. Image has been putting out fantastic series for a while now, and we may just have another with this book. I will be picking this up and cannot wait to see how this book portrays these criminals and if it makes us root for the bad guy and girl.
Invincible Iron Man #1 (Marvel) – I really just want Civil War II to be done, and I am hoping for a good ending to fix my fatigue with the event that seems to be lasting forever. That doesn’t mean it will not give us good things, it already has with Champions, and Infamous Iron man, and now that trend continues with the debut of Riri William’s solo title. Riri has been around in Invincible Iron Man, but she is finally now stepping into the iron boots of the perhaps biggest legacy in the Marvel universe, Iron Man. There has been controversy over this book, but we can all finally read it and see where Bendis takes us. I for one am pretty excited to see what happens with Iron Heart.
Power Man and Iron Fist #10 (Marvel) – With the Civil War II tie-ins finally ending, we can get back to a more focused arc. Harlem Burns starts now, and it looks like our two favorite heroes for hire will be facing a lot of their enemies, as well as a new exciting one from Marvel’s past. David Walker and Sanford Greene have done an excellent job with this series, and I cannot wait to see Luke and Danny hero for hiring some more!
Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy #2 (Marvel) – I was pleasantly surprised by this series so far. Sure this is only the second issue, but the words clone and Spider-Man usually sent cringe chills down my spine, but the first book set up some big things that for the time being are at least intriguing. The art is also fantastic, and I love any Spider-Man book where all of his villains are after him. Like Batman, a Spidey book is at its best when all seems lost, and our hero’s back is against the wall.
Green Valley #2 (Skybound/Image Comics) – After the fantastic debut issue, I am excited to return to the world of Green Valley. The first issue took some interesting turns. Early on the book was a fun over the top fantasy story, but by the end of the book, things had turned pretty dark. It will be interesting to see where the second issue takes us. I loved the setting, the story, and the art, and I am excited to continue reading.
Top Pick: Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior #13 (Valiant) – I’ve already read the review PDF, which I loved. I’m just looking forward to seeing the art of the page in my hands on Wednesday.
A&A: The Adventures Of Archer And Armstrong #9 (Valiant) – I’ve recently been reading the original Archer and Armstrong series from a few years ago (well, original this this iteration of Valiant), and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every issue. I can’t wait to add a new one to the long box.
All-Star Batman #4 (DC Comics) – The best Batman comic currently being published, hands down.
Brigands #1 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – This is here because the cover look awesome. I have very little idea what the story is actually about, but it should be interesting.
The Paybacks #4 (Heavy Metal Comics) – I love this series, and if you give it a shot, I reckon you will too.
Top Pick: Black #2 (Black Mask Studios) – The first issue of this series really shook things up giving us a world where Black individuals are the only ones with power and there’s a grand conspiracy to keep the world in the dark about it. An interesting concept the second issue dives further into the politics of it all and a lot more action. Think X-Men, but with a political spin.
Invincible Iron Man #1 (Marvel) – I’ve read the first issue and it’s really solid giving us Riri Williams, a hero for a new modern age. But, what’s really impressive to me isn’t the fact she’s a teenage girl, African-American, or from Chicago. What stands out is this is a character who has some serious social issues. This is a character who retreats in her mind and doesn’t interact normally with people. With so many dealing with similar issues, that part transcends skin color and gender and may be the most revolutionary thing about the series.
Namesake #1 (BOOM! Studios) – The talented Steve Orlando’s original series! The concept sounds fascinating dealing with the world Ektae which for seven days it breaches Earth bringing magic to our world. Sounds interesting and with Orlando writing it’s one to check out.
The Paybacks #4 (Heavy Metal Comics) – One of the most entertaining comics on the market. Consistently gets me to laugh and I don’t hesitate at all recommending it. It just skewers the superhero genre and makes it fun and funny.
Violent Love #1 (Image Comics) – Frank Barbiere and Victor Santos gives us a crime comic that’s as great to read as it is to look at. Talented writer and a talented artist.