Spider-Man: The Clone Conspiracy – The New Name For Dead No More

The dead have been coming back in Amazing Spider-Man.

The man in charge appeared to be The Jackal.

As we suspected, they're all clones. It's basically Clone Wars II.

In fact I bet if Marvel weren't already doing Civil War II, that would have been its title.

At least according to Entertainment Weekly who was given the Marvel PR that Dead No More will now be called The Clone Conspiracy.


The Clone Conspiracy will feature the return of The Jackal, a Spider-Man villain who has closely been involved in past cloning storylines. Although Slott and editor Nick Lowe are coy about exact story details at this point, they promise that this time The Jackal's plan is different, in both style and scope – one that will possibly go beyond cloning, to questioning the very boundary between life and death.

"The Jackal has always seemed to be obsessed with cloning Spider Man and Gwen. He's had a very narrow focus," Slott says. "That's led to very interesting stories in the past, but you have to stop and think, if you're The Jackal and you take science to the next level, what's more important to you than just cloning Gwens and Peters? What does this character want, and what's he going to do with this awesome science?"

"This is not your normal super villain plan," Lowe says. "That's what makes his evolution even more interesting."

The Clone Conspiracy will be a standalone five-issue miniseries, written by Slott and illustrated by Jim Cheung, with the first issue hitting stands in October. Slott will be walking up to it with Amazing Spider-Man issues 16 through 18, in which, he teases, "some big, primal things happen that will have a long-standing effect." Slott will also be writing concurrent stories with the main event, alongside co-writer Christos Gage, in Amazing Spider-Man #19-23. There will also be a few other tie-ins, including Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1 (check out the beautiful cover by Alex Ross below). If that sounds like a massive event, that's because it needed to be.


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