REVIEW CORNER: Spider-Man: 101 Ways To End The Clone Saga
Spider-Man: 101 Ways To End The Clone Saga
Writer: Mark Bernardo
Penciller: Ben Herrera
Inker: Mike Christian
Letterer: Janice Chiang
Colorist: Kevin Tinsley
Cover Date: January 1997
With this week’s installment, I’m kicking off my theme of reviewing weird comics with “Spider-Man: 101 Ways To End The Clone Saga” which absolutely brings the weirdness to one of the most polarizing yet controversial Spider-Man events from the mid-90s.
Right off the bat, the comedy is in full effect as the editors of the Spider-Man titles, along with Bob Harras (Marvel’s then Editor-In-Chief) discuss how to end the Clone Saga and I really got a chuckle out of how funny this comic is, there’s a bit in this comic where an intern shows up with numerous pitches from writers working on the Spider-Titles, writers who weren’t even working on other titles or anyone who worked in the sales department but yes, most of the pitches, especially the ones proposed by Howard Mackie and Todd DeZago are featured in this special because, to be honest, NO ONE at Marvel knew how to end this saga and make Peter Parker the one, true Spider-Man so the pitches just kept coming, there was even a pitch where Spidey gets squashed by a Sentinel (Yep…that moment is actually in the comic)
“101 Ways To End The Clone Saga” is a great way for Marvel to make fun of themselves and at the same time, poke fun at the event that almost ruined Spider-Man, so if you had such bad memories of the Clone Saga or if you enjoy Marvel-style comedy that’s in the tradition of “Not Brand Ecch” or “What The–?!” then this is the comic for you.
Well, that’s it for me. I’ll review another weird comic next week so thanks for sticking around and I will see you all next time.