So this week, Spidey’s big event, Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy wrapped up (with only an epilogue left). You can say what you will about it, or Dan Slott’s Spider-Man run as a whole. I’ve heard it all. From hard criticism, to mediocre thoughts, to high praise. I have also heard people say that Slott has just been on the book for far too long now.
Fans also complain now that Slott has taken Peter out of his element; particularly with his new job at Parker Industries. But the fact of the matter is that, if The Amazing Spider Man wasn’t still selling well and the majority of people weren’t moderately enjoying the ride, Marvel would have given Slott the boot quite a while ago.
Personally, I’m still enjoying the ride. What fun would it be if Peter was still doing nothing more than going to high school and taking pics for Jameson? If that’s the version of Spidey you want, go check out Mile’s Morales’s book Spider-Man (it’s fun too!). Or, wait for the new monthly Spider-Man comic Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man. Written by Chip Zdarsky with artist Adam Kubert. It will launch on Free Comic Book Day in June.
The truth is, Slott has given us some of the most memorable moments since Spider-Man attempted to break into the 21’st century and get a good overhaul. Whether you enjoyed them or not, Slott has given us events such as Spider-Island, Ends of the Earth, Spider-Verse or even his debatable Superior Spider-Man run. All of which contained good, bad, or if nothing else, very memorable moments. The fact that most people remember these events several years later says something to me.
Slott must have some kind of Spider sense to plant seeds for all these stories years in advance. Spider Man Dead No More: A Clone Conspiracy may not have ended on the high not everyone wanted. Yet there were definitely some fun plot twist along the way; especially if you know your clone history. It all ended with a strong throw down between major Spider villains Dock Ock (previously dead) and the new redefined version of The Jackal (who was part of one of the biggest plot twist in Issue #3) fighting over New U; A company capable of resurrecting Peter’s long lost friends.
All of Spidey’s palls such ad Spider Gwen, The Scarlet Spider and Silk get caught in the middle of emotional issues between Peter and characters like Gwen Stacy. Some of whom only came back to life to possibly wind up dead again. Honestly though, Jim Cheung, Slott’s partner for Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy can draw some pretty sharp Spider characters alive, dead, or dying. Despite not being the best ending, it was pretty cinematic. Readers could hear escape music in their head as the alarms rang for the characters to escape the building.
Lastly, The fact that Slott was even able to successfully use the word clone in a book, let alone in a title is pretty impressive. If you were reading comics in the 90’s (particularly Spider-Man) you know why clone became a bit of a dirty word in comics. Spider Man: The Clone Saga is one of those stories that fans would just prefer to leave in the 90’s and not look back on. It went on forever, when it could have ended in a fraction of the time and fans got tired of it pretty quick. Regardless, it is a big part of Spidey’s history. So the fact that Slott was able to take some of the concepts from the story and dust them off for the 21st century was a bit of an achievement. Next up we do have a reintroduction of Norman Osborn, but there’s no real telling where Spidey is set to go from here.