Want to know what’s next in the exciting Clone Conspiracy Saga? Well, you’ll have to wait until Clone Conspiracy #3 comes out. In the meantime, you can pick up Spidey’s MAIN title and get a long backup story that doesn’t feature Spider-Man AT ALL (unless you count the cover).
The Devil in the Details
Story Title: Live Another Day
Writer: Dan Slott and Christos Gage
Penciler: Guiseppe Camuncoli
Inker: Cam Smith and Roberto Poggi
Colorist: Jason Keith
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramanga
Cover Artist: Alex Ross
Editor: Nick Lowe
Published: November 16, 2016
The Story – Pay Attention, This Will Be on the Test
Kaine bursts out of the Other and proceeds to help the Master Weaver figure out why some worlds are becoming zombified. Along the way, he runs into Spider-Gwen (sorry, Radioactive Spider-Gwen) and, despite his best efforts to shoo her away, they team up. It turns out the zombies are a form of the carrion virus that is raging out of control. After arriving on an alternate world where they see Miles Warren (sans Jackal mask and stubble) and Peter Parker working together to stop the zombies that they created, all hell breaks loose and Kaine and Spider-Gwen manage to get out of there with Peter’s notes and a degenerated Kaine. After Kaine uses his super science power, he deduces that he is not contagious, so next stop is 616 where they kidnap Gwen Stacy and substitute Spider-Gwen in her place.
Kaine is in this book. I like how he didn’t try to save the alternate Peter Parker, but did snag his notes.
This one panel of Gwen was O.K. (even if she does suffer from Camuncoli-face):
There are some good onomatopoeias, including this Onomatopoeia of the Issue (OOTI)!
On a scale of 1 (POW) to 10 (BLRKBQRKPQRBLNB), this rates a 7.
Once again, the MAIN TITLE is relegated to backup stories. This issue tells how Kaine came back, but it really feels as if it should be in some side event title like Clone Conspiracy Chronicles or even as a backup story in Clone Conspiracy #2. To be accurate, I said earlier that Spider-Man does not appear in this comic at all, but actually there is one panel. It is a flashback and you see Spider-Man from the back and since it is from Spider-Verse, it may or may not actually be 616 Spider-Man.
Camuncoli does a good job placing the PI symbol in the panels where Kaine is looking for the commonality between these zombie worlds, but since we already know what this is about, the effect is ruined.
Camuncoli may have done his job, but we do have some off work from the other artists. Granted, it is not nearly as bad as Amazing Grace, but if the bar is only to beat that horrible mess… The colors in this book are dark and dingy. Kaine’s face is an odd color that I do not think exists in Crayola’s box of flesh colors.
And I think the inker may have just skipped a few lines. Look at Kaine’s face when he tells Gwen that if she touches him, this will happen to her versus a panel of his face later in the story.
Of course, it may just be that he is degenerating throughout this issue, but when he pulls his mask off to horrify her, I don’t really see the issue, other than his coloring. It seems as if the inker just forgot those lines (much like McFarlane’s inker tried to do for his own sanity).
Then let’s go the whole Carrion/zombie thing. Maybe I missed it in the Clone Saga (and I’m not going back into that quagmire to find out), but my understanding is that when a clone degenerates, it turns into goo. Not a zombie that can infect others. However, I must admit my knowledge of Carrion is a bit lacking.
Speaking of Carrion, he appears on the cover and does not appear in the book. For that matter, neither does that building full of people. Does anyone actually tell Alex Ross what the story is about, or is he just winging it hoping that he’s close?
I’m also going to call on you, dear reader, to set me straight if I am wrong, but my understanding of Kaine is that he does NOT have Parker’s memories. If that is the case, how is he so good at science? My theory is that somehow the reanimation process somehow grants people super science knowledge, which would also explain why Martha Connors is now a scientist. Plus, he looks very uncomfortable around Spider-Gwen, but he should have no real feelings for her. This picture may just be that she took him off guard, but it sure seems to me that it really unnerves him.
This issue seeks to fill in gaps created by the latest issue of Clone Conspiracy. To that end it does. Here is what we find out in this issue that we didn’t already know:
- Whatever the Man in Red is doing, when combined with Parker Industries it goes viral (in a bad way, of course).
- In one world, Peter is working with a person who is clearly plain old Miles Warren. This implies that the Man in Red is indeed some form of Miles Warren.
- The Other is dead.
- Kaine will not survive this story arc.
That’s about it.
I’ll give out all the extra credit I’ve got for anyone who can tell me why Daniele Orlandini keeps getting special thanks credit on the title page.
If this were a backup story or even Web of Spider-Man issue, I might be willing to give it a C, but this is AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. When I pay $$ for a Spider-Man story, I would really appreciate a Spider-Man story. If you are not going put Spider-Man in my Spider-Man story, it better be a fantastic story. This just does not deliver.
What grade do YOU give it?