Marvel’s Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy is well underway, which means The Prowler #1 is out. Writer Sean Ryan did a pretty darn good job with a difficult task, but it remains to be seen whether he can break the creative shackles placed upon him by writer Dan Slott over at The Amazing Spider-Man. At the end of the day, a clone is a clone — even if a writer calls it a “reanimate.” Mr. Ryan seems like a capable writer, but it will be interesting to see what happens when this fall’s big event ends.

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Editor’s Note: Check out Stillanerd’s take over at Whatever a Spider Can. As always, he provides plenty to think about. As an added bonus, Dan Slott made time to whine about Mike’s 9-years of amazing work in the comments section.

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I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

9 comments

  1. The book does look interesting, and the art looks really nice. Unfortunately the entire premise of the book is tied to the fact that this Hobie is a clone, and although it might make for an interesting story if handled correctly, I have a feeling the conflict in the book will be driven by the fact that he needs to work for Jackal to stay alive and not from the inner conflict of trying to find out who he really is and his place in the world because Hobie Brown is really dead.

    I think a cool direction they could have taken was to have Peter have Hobie take on a lot of missions like the corporate espionage job that he died doing, but over the course of ever-increasingly ethically and morally ambiguous jobs from Peter he starts to have major friction with him. Peter will justify Hobie doing these things as for the greater good and that he is doing the right thing, but Hobie will feel like hes just being a criminal again and taking all the risks for someone he calls a friend, but who dismisses his concerns and feelings about doing things he’s not comfortable with.

    Eventually it would all come to a head with a mission completed by Hobie having really bad repercussions for someone else and Peter just dismisses them as nothing and that the goals of what Peter wanted accomplished justified the problems caused. So Hobie basically says “enough” and tells Peter that he can’t do this anymore and hopes Peter can wake up one day to see he is wrong.

    Lead that into a new Prowler solo book with Hobie on loose with something to prove and trying to do the right thing, trying to make ends meet and making new enemies. No clone stuff, just the cool stories Prowler deserves.

  2. Over on WhateversSpidercan.com, Mike “StillaNerd” McNulty’s own review of this book came under fire from our old friend Dan Slott. Dan was targeting Mike for speculating about the motivations behind the book’s creation and possible creative direction, telling him he was wrong 99.9% wrong all of the time, and that he should just read the book for what’s there, not for what he personally wants. I chimed in telling him there was nothing wrong with speculation even if it proves off-the-mark because that’s the fun part of being a reader.

    http://whateveraspidercan.com/2016/10/29/stillanerd-reviews-prowler-1/

    1. I admire your restraint.

      After reading that, I just can’t believe how thin-skinned and petulant he is.

      Not: “I see what your looking at Mike, but we actually have some surprises in store. The direction we took and our reasoning will become clear in the following issues, thanks for reading!”

      but: “OMG you are crazy people!! *turns on the natural gas* You ever hear how CRAZY you sound?!?!”

      paraphrasing:

      “Sean knew what we were planning it all along!!!”

      “What planning sessions crazy-person?! We don’t plan anything!”

      “You made the whole Prowler is a clone thing up!!! Where do you GET this stuff!!!!”

      “Killing him and making him a clone before his solo debut was a great idea! Best sales ever!! Best books ever! It’s going to be amazing!” “It’s amazing!!” “Amazing…” (Trump-like much?)

      “You’re making a lot of assumptions!!! And I’m reacting only to a small part of the review!! Your reviews suck!! You’re supposed to review THE BOOK!! I’m not going to bother reading the rest of the review….of the book…(stomps feet)!

      After a polite answer and David’s reply:

      “Your not using bad words today! I hope you keep that up! LOSER!!!!!”

      My 8 year old has better restraint and maturity.

      I have a spider-man book review:

      “Dan Slott is a lame man-child”

    2. “After a polite answer and David’s reply: ‘Your not using bad words today! I hope you keep that up! LOSER!!!!!'”

      Dan Slott lecturing anyone on their online behavior is always good for a laugh. I almost inserted myself into the conversation, but there really is no need. Dan looks like a petty man, and if I commented then he would take the thread in a strange direction.

    3. It is funny that you compare him to Trump, he is very much like him “behavior not politics” and he complains about him on twitter every day.

  3. Clone Conspiracy left open the possibility that Hobie didn’t die. The reader only saw Hobie all burnt up and losing consciousness. That leaves them free to say the Jackal loaded him into a capsule and regenerated his body rather than reanimated him (then lied to Hobie about it), if they ever want to back-track on the plot point.

    1. “Clone Conspiracy left open the possibility that Hobie didn’t die. The reader only saw Hobie all burnt up and losing consciousness. That leaves them free to say the Jackal loaded him into a capsule and regenerated his body rather than reanimated him (then lied to Hobie about it), if they ever want to back-track on the plot point.”

      I considered that, and totally agree with you. On some level, however, I hate it when writers show a body that clearly should be a goner and then bring it back. I remember reading a Wolverine comic years ago where he was basically incinerated in a giant blast — you could see his charred skeleton through the fire — and then in the next issue he was alive. The writer made it seem as if Wolverine’s healing power could reconstitute his body as long as a single molecule remained. Something dumb like that.

      Anyway, if this Hobie ends up being the real deal then I’m going to credit you for making it happen. I know certain individuals at Marvel read this blog… 😉

  4. How is it that the comic writer “professional” continually comes off as a ranting idiot and the review is the professional?

    So people are not allowed to speculate when Dan is around? Grow up Slott.

    1. “So people are not allowed to speculate when Dan is around? Grow up Slott.”

      I love how Mike McNulty always responds like a total professional, which only shines a bigger spotlight on Dan Slott’s doofus behavior.

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