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Spider-Man: The Real Clone Saga

3.32  ·  Rating Details ·  139 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
You've been asking for it...and now it's here: THE CLONE SAGA!!! Marvel's most controversial event of all time returns with a vengeance, presenting the Clone Saga as it was originally intended to be told! From the minds behind the crossover that changed comics forever and the artist that introduced Spider-Man to President Obama. Be here as Peter Parker's worst nightmare ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published January 5th 2011 by Marvel (first published June 9th 2010)
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In the introduction to this six-issue collection, one of the writers admits that one of the valid criticisms leveled at the entire debacle that was The Clone Saga was that it went on too long. So, here we have a six-issue mini-series that condenses events and streamlines a lot of the revelations that were a part of the infamous storyline.

And, for the most part, it actually works. It doesn't redeem the clone saga, but not having to endure the "no, you're the clone," "no, you're REALLY the clone"
First let me say, I've never read any of the issues of Spider-Man's Clone Saga. I went online (yay, wikipedia), and looked it up after I read this, though. Yikes! What a mess! I can see why Mackie and others felt the need to write this one.

So, this is the way the story should have gone down...but didn't. It's not a bad story, either. I enjoyed it quite a bit. Too bad about the original, though.
Rocky Sunico
Sep 17, 2016 Rocky Sunico rated it really liked it
Shelves: spider-man, comics
Still not a great story, but it certainly would have been more interesting than the one we had ended up with in the 90's.
Sep 18, 2011 Andy rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, spider-man
The Clone Saga is an infamous part of Spider-Man's history and for good reason. In a nice move some of the original creative team have gone back and tried to tell it the way it was meant to be, before it got shanghaied into something else altogether.

As such it's a bit of an oddity, neither fitting into current Spidey stories, nor fitting into original continuity given some of their retcons. The art (bit too colourful and cartoony for my liking), clothing and hair make it look like it's set in th
Jun 26, 2016 Mike rated it it was ok
This Marvel's attempt at a do-over of the "Clone Saga," condensing two years of bewildering crossovers and special issues into a single, coherent graphic novel. The retelling is fine, but the premise is still ridiculous, even for a comic book not particularly known for scientific accuracy. Somehow Peter Parker's biology professor from 1975 figured out how to do human cloning in his secret mad scientist lair under his office at Empire State University (even though everyone thought he had lied ...more
Feb 25, 2013 Sean rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one!
As someone who lived through the original clone saga era, and actually enjoyed a lot of it, this clearly wasn't what was originally intended to happen. That's the gimmick here. Supposedly, some of the original writer return to tell it like it was supposed to go down. Here, all I read was a watered down, lifeless, "what if?" story that is pretty close to terrible. The original, while obviously drawn out too far, at least had heart and original ideas. None of that exists here. I will say that Todd ...more
Feb 18, 2013 Steven rated it liked it
The only reason this got a 3-star review instead of the 2-stars it earned was its admission that this six-issue story was the original intended size/arc for the Clone Saga of the early 90's that dragged on for over a year across too many books and became incomprehensible even to the creatives working on it (or so it seemed).

Quite a few interesting and fun ideas herein but still muddled in its attempts to synopsize and shorten instead of trying to tell the story as if none of the other material
Matt Chic
Apr 07, 2010 Matt Chic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just wrote a big review but it got deleted... Bottom line: Everyone hates this story for some reason, but I'm enjoying the hell out of it. I read the CLONE SAGA as a kid, but I don't remember shit-- so this (re)read is still kinda like getting it for hte first time. This is only Volume ONE tho, so maybe when rest comes out I'll hate it too, but so far I dig. And I still think Scarlet Spider is as cool as I did back then.

Nov 13, 2015 Colton rated it it was ok
Trying to condense the entire Clone Saga down to one graphic novel was too immense a task, and as a result, this just seemed rushed and lackluster for me, especially after reading the first volume of the original Clone Saga from the 80s. Not worthless, but ultimately forgettable.
Nov 04, 2013 Dan rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, marvel
A non-canon retelling of the Clone Saga from the 90s, condensed to only a few issues with a good chunk of the story and a few characters purged. It's basically more of an extended "What If?" book.
Sep 13, 2015 Matthew rated it really liked it
Having not read anything previous to tarnish it I must say I really enjoyed it although it's quite clear that this has been controversial. Read and enjoy.
Nov 27, 2014 David rated it did not like it
Shelves: comic-books
Really don't bother. I like Ben Reilly. Liked him as Scarlet Spider in his recent series. This however is pretty crappy.
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