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Fan Retrospectives: Spider-Man: The Clone Saga: Part 40: Puppets

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The Spider-Man Clone saga is one of the most reviled story lines ever. It featured the return of Spider-Man's clone Ben Reilly, but also dragged Spider-Man through one of the strangest, series of conspiracies and narratives that the franchise have ever seen. But... is it really as bad as the internet would have you believe? Come with us as we review the Clone Saga story arc by story arc as we uncover how one of comics' most infamous series holds up today."Puppets" Spectacular Spider-Man #235, 236
Writer: Todd Dezago
Artist: Sal Buscema
Review by Eric LeeWe now dive into the one-off stories featured in Spectacular Spider-ManSpectacular seems to really focus on using more out-there ideas and villains that the other Spider-Man titles this period.

The opening of this issue is really interesting. The tone of the first page really conveys a dark, gritty feeling not-unlike a Frank Miller comic. It opens up with a couple of gang bangers pressuring a kid to kill two othe…

Review: Teen Titans #46

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"Loose Ends" - Part Two
Writer: Robbie Thompson
Artists: Jesus Merino and Cam Smith
Color Artist: Hi-Fi
Letterer: Rob LeighReview by Steve J. RaySummaryLook, up in the sky… Superboy guest stars in Teen Titans #46, the penultimate issue of this stellar run. Jonathan Kent is probably the person closest to Damian Wayne, the former Robin, and he’s joined the team in a quest to find the errant Boy Wonder. As you can imagine, personalities clash, and sparks fly, leaving the readers as the only winners.PositivesThis has been one of the most action oriented instalments in a while, and Jon’s power levels are a great boon to the team, particularly when facing vintage Titans baddies, like Fearsome Five members Mammoth and Shimmer. As always Robbie Thompson handles the fight scenes with gusto, but he never forgets that these guys are youngsters, and Roundhouse’s attitude towards the Boy of Steel is absolutely adorable. Crush, of course, isn’t as pleased while Kid-Flash and Red Arrow are jus…

Review: Catwoman #26

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"The Big Shake-Up"
Writer: Ram V
Artist: Fernando Blanco
Color Artist: Fco Plascencia
Letterer: Tom NapolitanoReview by Adam RayThe previous issue made me wonder how many of the previous issues' independent stories were relevant; how much was it there to link her to the wider story in current DC, and  was it telling us anything new? I do love to be surprised, and Catwoman #26 gives us the shunt into a new storyline, fills us up with relevant information, shows the angles of many interesting characters, and leaves us eager for more… but without overloading us.As a fiction writer myself, beginnings are a real point of struggle for me. The balance of getting the plot going, without filling up a reader with too much detail, and answering the questions “who’s involved?” and “why should I care?” is a tough one. This issue actually comes close to struggling with this. Within the first few pages, we’re shown a unique assassin coming for Catwoman, and all the criminal enterprises on …

Review: Batman Beyond #47

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"The Eradication Agenda" - Conclusion
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Artists: Sean Chen and Sean Parsons
Color Artist: Chris Sotomayor
Letterer: Travis LanhamReview by Adam RayBatman Beyond #47 delivers a truly epic resolution of the story arc. When most readers think back to the Batman Beyond animated series, they most probably remember Terry working alone. This essence is still very true to the title’s form, but it’s been so rewarding to see the future bat family expand so largely, and naturally over the past two storylines. having a bigger team is such a natural way to develop stories, and makes for endless possibilities… like the ones we get in this immensely exciting issue.As I said in my last review, the artistic direction makes something that’s already known for being sci-fi, look even more sci-fi? It’s impressive to see that the grand space battles and advanced technology seem even more futuristic than present day DC (the scenes where heroes meet on a space station with artificial …

Review: Suicide Squad #9

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"Suicide Squad" - Chapter Nine Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Bruno Redondo
Color Artist: Adriano Lucas
Letterer: Wes AbbottReview by Max ByrneAfter several weeks of hype and build up, Suicide Squad #9 sees the much heralded apparent demise of a certain Floyd Lawton. After Tom Taylor let the cat out of the bag several weeks ago, we all knew that this day was coming. However, some fans were speculating that this was a huge bluff, an example of a classic bait and switch. Whilst we like to avoid any overt spoilers here at Dark Knight News, the manner and circumstances surrounding Deadshot’s date with destiny do seem to be fairly cut and dried… as is the cover art.What does truly shock and surprise though, is the chain of events that lead to this end of an era (or is it?) Featuring a fake Man of Steel and a return to the big time for an oft forgotten Batman villain, I almost sprained my wrist from continuously picking my jaw up from the floor. Just when you think you have a handle on ev…