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Ultimate Spider-Man, Vol. 17: Clone Saga (Ultimate Spider-Man #17)

4.09  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,120 Ratings  ·  47 Reviews
When the media romantically links Spider-Man and Shadowcat, Peter Parker must stop dating Kitty--Shadowcat's well-known human alter-ego--and fix his strained relationship with Mary Jane, while juggling school, work, and heroic efforts...Title: .Clone Saga..Author: .Bendis, Brian Michael/ Bagley, Mark (ILT)..Publisher: .Marvel Enterprises..Publication Date: .2007/09/05..Num ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published September 5th 2007 by Marvel (first published April 18th 2007)
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Ken Moten
When I first started reading Ultimate Comics All-New Spider-Man with Miles Morales, one of the characters that interested me was Jessica Drew/Spider-Woman. (Please note that all refernces and names in this review is from the, as of 2016, defunct Ultimate Marvel Universe an alternate reality of "standard" Marvel.) I became more and more curious about her character as more and more was revealed about her and I decided to go and read about her adventures pre-Miles Morales. It begins with this volum ...more
Nov 29, 2013 Nikki rated it really liked it
This volume is pretty nuts. I liked it, though. Does Jessica Drew get her own comic at all? I love her outfit. And hmm, Gwen Stacy is... sort of back? Interesting. I laughed at the introduction where it said that in Marvel, people stay dead. You know, like Bucky.

Suuuure. Like Bucky.

I'm interested to see what comes out of this as far as Kitty Pryde and Mary Jane go. I'm pessimistically doubting it'll be the way I'd like it to be, but oh well.
Jordan Lahn
Feb 11, 2015 Jordan Lahn rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this arc. I was surprised how long it was! Definitely the most complicated arc Bendis has attempted in Ultimate Spider-Man so far. Ultimate Jessica Drew is a very interesting character, and I'm looking forward to seeing more of her in the future.
Jul 17, 2013 Sesana rated it liked it
Shelves: superhumans, comics
Full disclosure: I have never read the main Marvel U version Clone Saga, neither the 10-issue arc from the 70s nor the massive event that consumed all four (four? God) Spider-Man titles for two full years in the early 90s. So I have no basis of comparison for Bendis's 9-issue version. That may be a good thing. The Clone Saga does not have the best reputation as an ongoing storyline. But it does mean that I have to judge this version on its merits as a story, without comparing it to what came bef ...more
What a fantastic series.

In this volume, writer Brian Michael Bendis and the art team, headed by Mark Bagley bring their unique, updated spin to a story which, according to the introduction, has been spun a number of times... The Clone Saga.

This volume, much like the best of the others of this series includes hilarity, intrigue, substance, and a story that's just amazingly fun to read.

The art continues to be perfect for the style of the story.

This has got to be some of the best Spider-Man out
Kate McDevitt
Apr 30, 2016 Kate McDevitt rated it it was amazing
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Mar 20, 2013 Daryl rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
The Clone Saga – I suppose it had to happen. Bendis takes on the Ultimate version of one of Marvel’s most controversial, confusing, and dreadful storylines. This one does make a little more sense than the original story (probably because here it was planned out from the beginning), as Dr. Octopus makes multiple clones of Peter Parker, turning one into the Scorpion, one Spider-Woman, etc. There’s also a clone of Gwen, who for some reason becomes Carnage. The Ultimates and X-Men really only show u ...more
Christopher Chase
Apr 30, 2009 Christopher Chase rated it it was amazing
this graphic novel mostly shows peter parker at his best. the illustrators bring out the graphic details and body structure to look as real as possible. the story line is very appealing. in this volume peter parker (the main character) is stuck between two important woman in his life. his recent girlfriend who is a member of the imfamous super hero group called the "X-Men" and his long time friend and recent ex Mary Jane. and throughout the volume spiderman finds out that a old villian, named oc ...more
Apr 12, 2008 Ren rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Teens and up
Dude, like, what the, wow! Probably the darkest arc line in the Ultimate series thus far, the Clone Sage blew my mind away. I mean, I knew what was going to happen in the long run. If you've read or even heard about the old one, you know what's going to happen. But at the same time, you don't. As they said in the beginning, they knew where they were going this time. Parker's life being turned inside out again is just ridiculously scary. You're literally driven insane by what people are saying an ...more
Sep 03, 2012 J. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
So this is a big, loud, confusing mess that manages to exemplify some real comic awesomeness. It's got clones, people coming back from the dead, and an unlimited supply of surprises. It's not perfect (there are definitely some holes in the plot [why exactly does the older clone exist?]), but it is definitely exemplifies how FUN comics can be when they aren't overly serious. I'm completely unfamiliar with the original clone saga, but I've read enough mixed reviews to know vaguely that it was a lo ...more
Derek Holmes
Oct 27, 2014 Derek Holmes rated it really liked it
My expectations were low. I'm not a massive fan of Spider-Man, I think that he is over used / oper exposed and I vaguely remember the debacle that was the original clone saga 20 yers or so ago. However I found this Ultimate Universe reimaginging to be a highly enjoyable read, accompanied with some great artwork.
May 01, 2015 B rated it liked it
Shelves: borrowed
This seems like a very good Spider-Man story. There are three real problems with it:

(1) I've been reading Ultimate Spider-Man out of order so it's both missing suspense and setup.

(2) The authors tend use too many hard-to-read two-page layouts.

(3) It's not really the clone saga. It's more like a "Too Many Spider-Men."
Drian Nash
Dec 23, 2011 Drian Nash rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This frustrated me, half way through the book I was going to trash it, considering Ive recently reread the entire series I was shocked about how bad the first few issues of this are. The worst thing being mj as a giant squirrel I mean If they got rid of that it wouldn’t have been so bad. But it was unnecessary and looked stupid. My issue with this is the pacing. too many important things happen in this that could have happened much slower instead of throwing it all in together in a couple of iss ...more
Edward Cheer
Feb 13, 2015 Edward Cheer rated it really liked it
All this time, I had heard about the infamous Clone Saga from the old Spider-Man comics- which I never had read. But, after reading Bendis' take on it, I did enjoy myself. The plot can take some unbelievable turns, but I still love how each character shines and gets their moments. I especially liked the ending, when I thought Bendis would talk the well-worn "get out of jail free card" superhero ending, with someone finding out their identity, but let it rest, and I respected him for it. I like d ...more
Sean Brennan
Apr 17, 2013 Sean Brennan rated it it was amazing
Apart from the ultimate universe I have not read any marvel comics post 1982, so writing a review is akin to after only hearing Elvis Presley records too be suddenly asked to review a Frank Zappa Album.

This is by far the best story arc so far in the series, the dialogue is crisp, at times both moving and funny. Peter wondering why he had not had a stroke due to the events unfolding around him was especially well done. Peter always as the puppet of other people's agendas as been a constant thru o
Jul 10, 2015 Alvey rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Hands down best volume in the series. Tons of depth, action and character development all in 9 issues proves Bendis is a genius
Sep 14, 2008 Stacey rated it it was amazing
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Jul 20, 2015 Iain rated it it was amazing
Rated as a graphic novel. Bendis is hard to beat and he's really on his game in this title.
Jan 26, 2015 Dorothy rated it it was ok
Didn't feel that the story made a lot of sense and did not follow the storyline very well.
Feb 17, 2015 Bea rated it it was amazing
this arc was so cool, a really awesome Spidey comic
Mar 02, 2012 Shaun rated it it was amazing
I'm not really sure if all the prior volumes led up to my enjoyment of Volume 17, but this volume of Ultimate Spiderman was the most fun I've had with a superhero comic in a long time. The pacing was perfect, the stakes for Peter Parker were high and he was forced to change how he normally does things (calling other characters in for help and letting go of a few secrets). This really felt like a turning point in the larger plot of Ultimate Spiderman and it was handled with the perfect combinatio ...more
Aug 15, 2015 Lindsey.parks rated it it was amazing
This was perfect.
Jul 05, 2015 Willow rated it it was amazing
Shelves: marvel-comics
Really great reimagining of the clone saga. This is the polar opposite of Kirkman's Ultimate X-Men run - a well done and cohesive reimagining as opposed to a shitstorm of names and storylines with no context or background.

Really enjoyable and a great ending to Bagley's run on the title.
Apr 06, 2010 jlf rated it it was amazing
I have no idea why it took so long for these issues to come out in trade paperback, but I almost feel like it was worth the wait-- it had been so long since I read this series that I'd forgotten how fucking great it is. Bendis is, without question, the best dialogue writer in comics. The awesomeness of this arc more than made up for the execrable Ultimate X-men crossover story of the last trade. The Ultimate X-men piss all over every book they appear in.
Aug 06, 2011 M rated it really liked it
I loved Ben Reilly. Yet the convoluted mess of the original Clone Saga confined him to nothingness. In the Ultimate Universe, Peter faces off against himself in various incarnations. A cybernetically enhanced Scorpion, a multi-armed Tarantula, and scarred Kaine, and even a female Spider-Woman provide intrigue and a breath of fresh air into this Saga - especially when the mastermind is finally revealed!
By this time, Bendis is using the same cadence with all the dialogue, so all the characters are beginning to sound alike. He's still plotting good stories, but the characterization from the earlier issues seems to be gone.
Jun 20, 2008 Bruno rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Mijn eerste spider-man, en dan nog meteen een goede ook. Al de specifieke voorgeschiedenis mis ik, al ben ik wel met de basis bekend en heb ik ook de eerste twee films gezien. Ultimate Spider-man is een actualisering van de oudere verhalen, meen ik te hebben begrepen, en dit is alvast heel geslaagd. Benieuwd naar meer.
Jun 23, 2012 Gary rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels, 2012
I think this has been the best story arc of the entire Ultimate Spider-Man. I don't see anything else could top it. Six different clones of Peter Parker, it boggle the mind with the ...What if? Its this fan's Spider-Man wet-dream story arc.
Amir Mishali
Nov 21, 2012 Amir Mishali rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
Wait, what?! These clones were created using blood samples from Peter Parker, yet they have the exact same memories as he does?!
Am I the only guy on Earth that needs his comics to make at least some sense?
Jeff Raymond
I do like me some Spider-Man. The Dead Pool arc was ridiculous, and the whole Clone thing could have been put aside, but I’m still along and nearly caught up, and it’s worth my time and I like it. So there.
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A comic book writer and erstwhile artist. He has won critical acclaim (including five Eisner Awards) and is one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics. For over eight years Bendis’s books have consistently sat in the top five best sellers on the nationwide comic and graphic novel sales charts.

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