Thursday, March 04, 2010

A cloning we will go...

OK, so I (finally) finished reading the six-issue Spider-Man Clone Saga and I have to say that I really enjoyed the conclusion of this six-issue tale. Which just makes me all the more upset that this is “an imaginary tale” so to speak. (Yeah, yeah, I know, they are ALL imaginary tales, but that’s entirely besides the point.)

According to the ramp-up to this event, this is how writers, Tom DeFalco and Howard Mackie would have ended the story had they been able to do so (without all of the editorial interference). If you haven’t read the book, I won’t give away the ending, but, well, if you (like I), an a fan of Ben Reilly and the (real) Scarlet Spider), then you will be very pleased with this tale’s conclusion.

Like I said, it is too bad that this is not cannon. Anyway, perhaps with the popularity of this title, we just might see the resurgence of Scarlet.

Regardless of that, the telling of the tale itself is a bit choppy as it is (by necessity), force-feeding some two years (and half-a-dozen titles), into a six-issue format. So if you have no knowledge of the original telling (something which I, myself have only a passing relationship, as this was during a time when I had stopped collecting comics), it might — in and of itself — might seem a tad convoluted.

Still, that aside, the telling and the conclusion of the story, offers up a far more satisfying (and interesting), conclusion, all the way around.

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