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This issue takes the fall for a lackluster finish for Dan Slott's Clone Conspiracy event. Not even the art could justify the script that leaves readers unfulfilled, despite the fantastic start this story had.
Amazing Spider-Man #24

Dan Slott Needs Help Closing Stories: Amazing Spider-Man #24

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Acting as the closing chapter of “The Clone Conspiracy”, Amazing Spider-Man #24 ties up a few loose ends. Writer Dan Slott‘s big Spider-Man event suffers the same fate as his other recent large-scale stories. Slott has been head writer for the title since 2010, but it may be time to start bringing in some support.

Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy was a big, bold Spidey tale. A mysterious new Jackal appeared and started resurrecting all the people Peter Parker has in some way let die. At first, this arc was everything it promised to be. Clones, betrayal, and a tour through Pete’s failures; what more could we ask for? Unfortunately, ever since the big reveal of Ben Reilly, it was all downhill.

Much like Spider-Verse, Slott’s initial groundwork is phenomenal, but he fails to stick the landing. His ambitious ideas do not match up with his execution in the final chapter. He is certainly capable of concocting these big and brilliant concepts, but could possibly use some help closing them out.

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Amazing Spider-Man #24 focuses on Ben Reilly, clearly setting up his upcoming Scarlet Spider series. He battles Doctor Octopus in his lab, revealing that they both faked their deaths in Clone Conspiracy #5. Then there’s some Jackal-on-Jackal action as the real Miles Warren remains after all the clones died. It was nice to see Ben get some closure with his creator. Although, the excitement fans feel towards his solo comic might not meet Marvel’s expectations.

Giuseppe Camuncoli’s art is regularly a saving grace for Amazing Spider-Man issues that fall flat. Miles Warren donning his classic Jackal costume is the highlight of this issue. All clones experiencing Carrion side effects come across more like old and wrinkly; rather than the zombie approach they were going for.

What started out as a classic-feeling Spider-Man tale, ends feeling more like a not-so-clever marketing scheme. Whatever The Clone Conspiracy Omega is seems like overkill and another symptom of Slott not being to tie-up loose ends in a contained story. Any excitement drummed up for Scarlet Spider is thanks to nostalgia, not the events of this narrative.

Instead of feeling overly satisfied or altered, readers walk away from The Clone Conspiracy unfulfilled; and probably a bit confused. Slott sure does know how to set up tie-ins and future series, but his focus on the meat of the main story tends to blur.

Dan Slott has provided enough great Spider-Man material since 2010, but maybe it’s time to start flirting with other options. He’s already proved he has plenty to offer with other characters, his Silver Surfer work is great. Perhaps Marvel is approaching the same thought, with their announcement of Chip Zdarsky’s Spectacular Spider-Man ongoing series.

What did you think of Amazing Spider-Man #24? What about The Clone Conspiracy as a whole? How do you think Dan Slott will respond if Zdarsky’s book is well-received? Let us know in the comments!

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Brandon J. Griffinhttps://twitter.com/griffunk
New Jersey scum who worships comic books like religious literature. Yell at me on Twitter @griffunk

4 COMMENTS

  1. Slott is a hack and people are finally catching on to that. Superior was a sales success, but according to a recent Comic Book Resources article, it was labelled a worse story than One More Day in retrospect and for good reason in my opinion, it made idiots out of everyone but sacred Doc Ock, Dan’s favourite villain.

    Clown Conspiracy has it’s moments, but it’s just too cartoonish and detatched from Spider-Man’s sense of reality, and is no less convoluted than all of the other Clone Sagas over the years. To me, the best attempt at the saga was the 2009 rewrite of the story from Tom DeFalco and Howard Mackie.

    It is high time for change at the top and a new Spider-Man writer to take the helm of ASM, and for the love of god bring back Mary Jane.

    • While I don’t agree with everything you’re saying, I understand it. Slott has definitely overstated his welcome and the best selling character at Marvel skews his value. I wanted to throw up my heart when it looked like Stark was moving in on MJ. Just put them back together dammit, we all want it and nobody cares about any other woman in his life. Marvel has to know that given that Renew Your Vows exists.

  2. Honestly, as a Spider-Man reader since the 1970s, I finally tapped out when this arc began. I like Slott’s writing (I was one of those people who stuck around for Brand New Day when it came out after One More Day stunk up the place) and with the exception of Spider Island, I’ve liked most of his story arcs, but coming out of Secret Wars with a Tony Stark version of Peter Parker and more Spider-people than ever, a lot of the wind was taken out of my sails. Then this story began, and quite honestly, there was no way I was sticking around to watch another messed-up clone saga.

    I never liked Ben Reilly (and I never understood the fan appreciation for him or his ugly costumes). I never liked Kaine. I never liked any of the stories where the Jackal was the villain, except maybe wayyyy back when he first appeared, and then only for a moment. He always seemed like a cut-rate Green Goblin to me, right down to the reveal that he was actually someone Peter knew personally.

    Bringing Jackal and all the clones back just feels like desperation to this old Spidey fan… Like they’re just playing his greatest hits (and misses) for the younger crowd. In my youth, we had Marvel Tales reprints of those old stories for that. Now they just re-make the stories with modern references, instead.

    I don’t think the problem is Slott. He’s a solid writer who has done more good than harm to the Spider-Man mythos. I think the problem at the top. I was hoping the recent Secret Wars event would be the Marvel Comics opportunity to do a bit of a soft reboot on the whole line, but instead they’re using it to radically change the existing Marvel Universe, and not always for the better.

    I think having Peter Parker go from average guy to billionaire with lots of amazing gadgets and corporate responsibilities has altered him enough to make him uninteresting. If I wanted to read about a billionaire with lots of amazing gadgets and corporate responsibilities, I’d be reading Iron Man or Batman. I’m not saying Parker has to be a broke, down-on-his-luck sadsack forever, but that there’s a HUGE jump from one point to the other, and having him be marginally successful and comfortable is very different from having him become a rich and powerful head of his own corporation. I mean, his ENEMIES were those guys. Now he’s become one of them. It just doesn’t feel very Peter Parker-ish to me.

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