Monday, April 1, 2013

The Best Graphic Novels Ever #1 -- Spider-Man: The Complete Clone Saga Epic

1. Spider-Man: The Complete Clone Saga Epic
by Tom DeFalco, J. M. Dematteis, Terry Kavanagh, Howard Mackie, Tom Lyle, Liam Sharp, Sal Buscema, John Romita Jr., Phil Gosier, Tom Palmer, Steven Butler, Ron Lim, Mark Bagley
Published by Marvel Comic

Yeah, yeah. I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, "That's it! You've completely lost your mind, Sean. I'm never reading your blog again."

But bear with me. (Not "bare with me," no matter how often Facebook and Twitter uses don't understand the difference a few transposed letters make.)

I implore you, nay, beg you to try to see the Clone Saga in a new light. Come at it a little from the left or right instead of straight on and you'll see that this is the story that gaves us Ben Reilly, created the fan-favorite Kaine, and got more people reading Spider-Man than leaving it. (Kinda like Superior Spider-Man has done now.)

Without this book, we wouldn't have a best-selling Scarlet Spider series. Period.

And let's face the truth, a story with this many writers shouldn't have such a cohesive and amazing read going for it. For having around a half a dozen writers, this story is almost as well-structured and together and mutually supportive as other books like it -- say, perhaps The Bible.

And it's filled with the kind of drama that comic book were designed to tell.

Just give the Spider Clones another shot folks. You'll have a renewed appreciation for it.

And for the record, I hope everyone is
having a wonderful April Fools Day!