Thursday, March 23, 2017

Comics Rant: Amazing Spider-Man #24

Amazing Spider-Man #24
Written by Dan Slott & Christos Gage
Pencilled by Giuseppe Camuncoli
Inked by Cam Smith
Colored by Jason Keith

Well, it's safe to say that I feel pretty damn guilty about not picking up the Clone Conspiracy mini series. I guess, I'll just have to wait for the trade to fill in the blanks. Now that I think of it, the regular Amazing Spider-Man series has done a really good job, without me having to fork over extra cash. Thanks, Dan Slott.

Here we find
out the startling truth about New U and the Jackal. Turns out that the Jackal's new duds ain't a redesign, it's a whole different person under that get up and its none other than former Spider-Man clone, Ben Reilly! Wait, that's who's been behind this whole thing? Shit, with Ben as the bad guy, you know I'm about to start rooting for him.

Somehow, using his webware, Spidey and Anna Maria work up a way to stop the Carrion virus that infects the people of the planet. It's a signal sent out to block the effects of what Ben Reilly has put not just in clones, but the whole human race. Ah, that Pete. Always finding time to save someone at the right time. Provided that some isn't named Uncle Ben.

One of the Jackal clones finds out he isn't a clone after all, when you know, he doesn't turn into a pile of dust like the ones standing all around him. So what does ol' Miles do now that he knows that he's the real deal, Jackal? Why, he puts on a skintight green leotard and Jackal mask. Sounds legit. Ben, knowing that Spidey has put his plans to replace all of us with Clones on ice, figures it's in his best interest to hit his safe house and get outta dodge.

Of course, Jackal is waiting for Ben at his safe house and they fight! You all know that I'm pulling for Ben here, right? Glad we got that out there. Jackal as always starts off strong, but much like how the Atlanta Falcons blew a 28-3 lead, Ben battles back and mops the floor with him. Setting his safe house on fire with the Jackal in it. Killing him, I guess, but with Miles Warren, who can ever really be sure. Ben then jumps away and decides to make a new life for himself outside of Peter Parker. Just like he decided to do in the 1990's.

Not bad reading material at all. Cool plot twist with Ben coming back, and also being evil, is something I would have never seen coming down the pipeline. But Slott and co. fleshed it out to where him turning heel was as neat as a law of physics. Well worth the cover price. My thumb is up.

-Tash Moore

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