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Preview: The Clone Conspiracy: Omega

The Clone Conspiracy: Omega

(W) Dan Slott, Christos Gage, Peter David (A) Cory Smith, Mark Bagley, Stuart Immonen (CA) James Harren
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 01, 2017
SRP: $4.99

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!

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Review: Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy #5

clone_conspiracy__5The 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

Preview: The Clone Conspiracy #5

The Clone Conspiracy #5

(W) Dan Slott (A) Jim Cheung (CA) Gabriele Dell’Otto
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 15, 2017
SRP: $3.99

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!

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Around the Tubes

the_clone_conspiracy__4It was new comic book day yesterday. What’d folks get? What’d you enjoy? What didn’t you enjoy? Sound off in the comments!

While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

The Beat – A year of free comics: Letters To An Absent Father by Maré Odomo – it’s not what you think! – Free comics, go read it!

ICv2 – Upper Deck Launching OP Kits for ‘Marvel: Legendary’ – This is pretty cool.

The Beat – Editor Ellie Pyle ankles Vertigo for Riot Games – An interesting change. Congrats!

The Comichron – Average comic book ordered in 2016 cost $3.85, down 11 cents – Savings!

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Newsarama – The Clone Conspiracy #4

Newsarama – Green Arrow #15

The Beat – It’s Me

Comic Vine – Monsters Unleashed #1

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

div3-aric_001_cover-b_bernardWednesdays 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.

Joe

Top Pick: Kill or Be Killed #5 (Image) – Ed Brubaker, Elizabeth Breitweiser, and Sean Phillips are back and I cannot be more excited. They have done a tremendous job on this book and have proven once again, they hold the crown for pulp crime comics. This comic has me nervous and excited each time a new issue comes out!

U.S.Avengers #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was such a blast, and Al Ewing is on a roll lately, and one of the best things Marvel has going for it. We will see more of the Gold $kull by the looks of it, and probably go a bit deeper on this whacky team. More Red Hulk, he’s great.

The Clone Conspiracy #4 (Marvel) – I am a massive Spider-Man fan, I won’t apologize for that, so therefore I am excited for this issue, and actually enjoy the event. Now obviously if you’re not enjoying what they are doing, don’t listen to me here, but I want to see how this wraps up, and we are almost there. We also get a double Spidey dose with Amazing Spider-Man this week!

Superman #15 (DC Comics) – You get a Superman! And you get a Superman! I’ve loved this run by Tomasi and Gleason and the last issue was so much fun and just crazy. This is one of DC’s most consistent comics and I want to see where they are going after the last wild issue. Also, Red Son Superman, Captain Carrot, and more!

Trinity #5 (DC Comics) – Francis Manapul should be reason enough for anyone to read and drool at this comic. His art is just completely on another level to me, and this book rivals The Mighty Thor for the “prettiest” comic. Also, I actually am enjoying the story of our legendary trinity quite a bit.

 

Alex

Top Pick: Divinity III Stalinverse: Aric Son Of The Revolution #1 (Valiant) – There’s a sense of something awesome about Valiant’s Divinity III, and while the first tie-in was good, it’s this one that has me most excited. Getting a chance to read some more about Aric of Dacia in this setting has me chomping at the bit to get my hands on the comic.

Harbinger Renegade #3 (Valiant) – What can I say? I’m a fan of Harbinger, and with Peter returning to Earth I’m looking forward to seeing how Rafer Roberts reunites the Renegades.

Deadpool the Duck #2 (Marvel) – When the first issue didn’t make me want to claw my eyes out, I kinda got curious to read the next issue. I mean… now that Deadpool The Duck is finally in the comic, I want to see what we get.

 

Brett

Motor Girl #3 (Abstract Studios) – Sam has problems. UFO’s are keeping her up every night, dropping in for parts and coffee, and a suspicious Area 51 fanatic is determined to catch it all on video. To make matters worse, the bank wants to repossess the junkyard and build a casino. But Sam is determined to stop them, especially when she learns the junkyard is sacred ground. This new series by Terry Moore is fun, funny, cute, and the first two issues are some of my recent favorites from anyone.

Curse Words #1 (Image) – A wizard comes to Earth to… conquer it? It’s a bit nebulous in this first issue that introduces is to Wizord, a hipster-ish wizard bringing realy magic to Earth. The first issue is entertaining and launches a stylish new series.

The Mighty Captain Marvel #1 (Marvel) – I think Carol Danvers really came off poorly in Civil War II, but I’m still interested in seeing where Marvel takes her and this series.

Monsters Unleashed #1 (Marvel) – Marvel heroes versus kaiju. Nuff said.

Revolutionaries #1 (IDW Publishing) – IDW and Hasbro’s “Revolution” is over and this series looks to bring together some of the characters from the now shared universe into a team book.

 

Shay

Harley Quinn #12 (DC Comics) – Joker + Harley = War of the Roses style mayhem.

Raven #5 (DC Comics) – Raven calls for familial back up to save San Francisco from the orb.

Gamora #2 (Marvel) – Gamora is on a collision course with revenge and things might not be what they seem or go as she planned.

SLAM! #3 (BOOM! Studios) – derby drama and love in comic book form, what more could you want?

 

Preview: The Clone Conspiracy #4

The Clone Conspiracy #4

(W) Dan Slott (A) Jim Cheung (CA) Gabriele Dell’Otto
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 18, 2017
SRP: $3.99

The darkest Spider-Man story ever gets EVEN DARKER! Doctor Octopus and the Lizard have both been on a tight leash, but decide it’s time to stop playing nice…

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Around the Tubes

glitterbomb04a_coverIt was new comic book day yesterday. What’d everyone get? What’d you enjoy? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below.

Around the Tubes

ICv2 – Last Gasp Distribution Shutting Down – Fewer distributors isn’t a good thing.

Kotaku – The fifth episode of Telltale’s Batman, “City of Light,” will be available on all platforms December – How are folks liking this one?

The Beat – The Kamandi Challenge Special Edition #1 to include the never published stories from Kamandi #60-61 – This is pretty cool!

Kotaku – Sony Just Announced Project Field, A New Way To Play Card Games – This could be interesting.

CBR – Arrowverse Crossover Propels The CW to Its Most-Watched Week In 6 Years – Not too shocked on that!

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Newsarama – Avengers #2

Newsarama – Batman #12

Newsarama – The Clone Conspiracy #3

ICv2 – The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story

Newsarama – Glitterbomb #4

Atomic Junk Shop – Motor Crush #1

Newsarama – Motor Crush #1

Newsarama – Nova #1

Comic Vine – Nova #1

Comic Attack – Start Again #1

Review: The Clone Conspiracy #3

the_clone_conspiracy__3The Clone Conspiracy continues as Spider-Man is on the run with Gwen Stacy/Spider-Gwen from his newly resurrected rogues. But, the bigger thing about the issue is the ending reveal which while I’m sure will be shocking for some, feels pretty obvious based on the story and its title.

So far The Clone Conspiracy‘s first two issues and its tie-ins have mostly been building up what’s to come and “the big reveal” which happens here. For those that don’t know the main story, the Jackal is bringing back dead individuals from Spider-Man’s past through cloning, but with a twist these individuals are back from the moment of their death including their memories.

So, Spider-Mans rogues, as well as other individuals from his world, are back as if no time has passed at all. It’s an interesting concept and a way to get some of the classic back with Spider-Man. And for the most part the storyline has been a fun ride in a turn your brain off sort of way. Sit back and just enjoy it. Just don’t think too much about it and the implications of it all.

Up to this point the Jackal has talked about how his reasons have been altruistic. These aren’t villains back to plunder, they are here to do good and have been acting in a restrained manner. That part is the most interesting to me as I’m still not convinced the Jackal has a positive bent when it comes to it all. Here we get a better sense of his plan, but things are still very open in many ways.

And there is a big reveal at the end. I’m not going to discuss that here in this review. It’s easy to figure out though (at least I predicted something of the sort in many ways). Writer Dan Slott is mining classic characters and stories and this reveal is an example of that (good or bad). So while it was a “big” moment I found myself generally just nodding, saying “huh,” and then moving on to the next comic to read.

The art by Jim Cheung is fantastic. There’s lots of action, lots of characters, and every single panel on every single page looks amazing. Inks by John Dell and colors by Justin Ponsor all come together for a visual feast. Slott has had some solid writing when it comes to Spider-Man, but the artists he’s gotten to work with are some of the best and this issue is an example. Things pop and look great adding to the fun sense of it all.

The reveal didn’t do a whole lot for me, but the issue is entertaining fun. Events don’t always have to shake things up or make us say “holy shit,” sometimes they can be mindless summer blockbusters that feel more like a ride to strap ourselves in to. The Clone Conspiracy to me is exactly that and I’ve been enjoying the ride and looking forward to see where it takes us.

Story: Dan Slott Art: Jim Cheung Cover Art: Gabriele Dell’Otto
Inks: John Dell Colors: Justin Ponsor
Story: 7.4 Art: 8.15 Overall: 7.45 Recommendation: Read

Preview: The Clone Conspiracy #3

The Clone Conspiracy #3

(W) Dan Slott (A) Jim Cheung (CA) Gabriele Dell’Otto
Rated T+
In Shops: Dec 07, 2016
SRP: $3.99

THE CLONE CONSPIRACY CONTINUES!

SPIDER-MAN is on the run from his resurrected rogues! The Jackal’s master plan is further revealed. Just how deep does it run? And why is Doctor Octopus playing second fiddle to the Jackal?

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A First Look at The Clone Conspiracy #3

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.

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