As any body can tell you I am a big fan of The Scarlet Spider aka Ben Reilly and always will be. So with that said you know that I love The Clone Saga. There is a reason that I love Ben and this saga so much and for that check out my write up of Vol. 1. This story line in my opinion is the greatest ever, I really don't care what any one else thinks. Once again read the first review and you will understand why I am saying that. This volume collects Amazing Spider-Man #395-399, Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #218-221, Spider-Man #54-56, Spider-Man Unlimited #8, Web of Spider-Man 120-122, & Spider-Man: Funeral for an Octopus #1-3. Picking up right from where the first volume left off the journey continues. That journey this time around means that they will meet again but before that Peter comes face to face with death.
The collection kicks off with "Back from the Edge" which finds Peter still almost wanting to die. He wants that of course compared to dealing with the problems going on in his life. Little does he know that in this story he may actually get his wish as he comes closer to it then he ever has. He even meets up with some one who may actually understand how he is feeling in Nocturne. Problem here is that her personal body guard Puma is not too fond of Spidey, seems he kinda remembers him. Else where Mary Jane is off to make amends with her sister and father which is a very good story and very character driven for her. Back with Peter things go from bad to worse as The Vulture and The Owl infect him with a virus that has no antidote. Does Spidey find a way to beat it or does he succumb to the feelings he had prior, you will find out along side Daredevil. Also these are not the Owl and Vulture one may have been use to at the time. Owl has been going back and forth on a change of heart, which is not sitting well with Vulture. Now on to Vulture it turns out that he is young and strong as opposed to his old and strong self that every one knew. Following that we go head first into a storyline about Ben Reilly aka The Scarlet Spider called "Web of Life". This story kinda continues previous storyline that you may remember, a hint, the one about Kraven's death. Yes you heard or should I say read that right except Kraven is not here folks, still dead. This time it is his son The Grim Hunter that is out and about, and he is looking for revenge. He wants Spider-Man but it is Scarlet's trail he picks up mistaking his sent to be that of Parker's. Of course being a clone it is easy to make the mistake but he can tell Ben is not the one he is looking for. So Ben decides he must stop this man from killing Peter as does another. That person of course is the man called Kaine and now he is hunting The Grim Hunter. This particular story is a bit darker and at the time I did not see the ending coming.
"Web of Death" follows that story and picks up with Peter realizing that this virus is going to be the death of him. Well that is until an old foe turns up to be an unlikely friend to the Spider, Dr. Octopus. Yes Octavius him self. Along side his girl Stunner he works tirelessly to find a cure for Parker, I say Parker because he unmasks him to find out who he is. But there is another man waiting in the wings and you may remember him from the previous story as Kaine. It is also in this story that Peter finally reunites with Mary Jane and she lets him know he will be a father. We follow that up with a little story known as "Funeral for an Octopus" so I am sure you can guess what happened in that last one. This one features Ock's friends and fellow Sinister Six [all that remain] getting together and features both Spidey and Scarlet. This is a fun one for sure and what makes it even more interesting is that while Spidey and Scarlet are both here and in the same places they never run into each other, just how Ben wants it. Mysterio, Vulture, Hobgoblin, and Electro all gather in this one to add to the fun.
We follow that one up with a great story in the Spider-Man Unlimited comic that features once again both Spiders. Like the last story they are both at the same place dealing with the same thing but they never meet up. Here we have some terrorists attacking the Twin Towers aka World Trade Center and taking it over. For today that is crazy sounding especially after those cowards did what they did but we are not here for that. Each Spider takes a tower trying to stop these mad men. Thing that really heats things up though is Mary Jane is in one of the Towers when this happens. Our final storyline in this set is of course "Smoke & Mirrors" in which The Jackal makes his comeback. He of course also get to see more of the mysterious Kaine and a few more surprises such as more clones. We may even get to see the return of Gwen Stacy in this story and so much more. This is where the Clone Saga really picks up as all kinds of things are introduced. I really don't want to give much away other than things really get wonderfully confusing around here.
I love The Clone Saga more so than any other storyline really because I love Ben Reilly/Scarlet Spider so much. As for all the stories found here I like them all of course, the first one really goes in depth with Mary Jane's story with her family. Spider-Man and Daredevil teaming is always a plus so that is great as well. The second story is absolutely great as it is a bit darker and Grim Hunter's death just adds to Kaine's myth. The next one sees Doc Ock trying to save Spider-Man's life because he actually enjoys their battles. The thing with this one that upsets people kinda is the death of Ock, which I honestly don't understand the problem. I think it fit the story so well plus it made perfect sense. Kaine of course is a clone of Spider-Man but as a villain he does not hold back, Ock had never faced a Spider-Man who does not hold back his power. If you think about it he saves Spider-Man only to be killed by him, I love the story telling here. We follow that up with his funeral which was a fun Spidey story kinda in the classic sense. Next up is one of my all time favorite Spidey stores of all time and I still do not know why. In this one both Scarlet Spider and Spider-Man take on some terrorists in the Twin Towers. The story and the look of this story are excellent and still is one of my favorites ever. Then we finish things off with the story that brings the two together as they have to deal with The Jackal and all his games. I personally love it and all the twists that it brings this is also where we get the hint that Peter may not be who he thinks he is. This is a highly entertaining TPB so I highly recommend it, I love this Saga.
As any body can tell you I am a big fan of The Scarlet Spider aka Ben Reilly and always will be. So with that said you know that I love The Clone Saga. There is a reason that I love Ben and this saga so much and for that check out my write up of Vol. 1. This story line in my opinion is the greatest ever, I really don't care what any one else thinks.
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The Clone Saga or Spider-Clone Saga was a major story arc in Marvel Comics which ran from 1994 to 1996 involving many clones of Spider-Man. The story is considered to be one of the most controversial Spider-Man stories ever told. Although it was intended to wrap up in less than a year, the comics sold very well and the writers were encouraged to prolong the saga as long as possible. This led to some changes to the storyline that ultimately proved unpopular. Although there were many people involved, the Clone Saga is most closely associated with Terry Kavanagh, who proposed the idea, Howard Mackie, who worked on the majority of the smaller crossovers involved in the overall storyarc and Gerry Conway, who devised the original story. Executive editors on the storyline included Tom DeFalco, Bob Budiansky, and Bob Harras.