I had a letter printed once in Amazing Spider-Man #604!
Before Marvel NOW!, my pull list was 14 Marvel books. Now, it's more like 5 Marvel, 7 DC, and a few indies.
Well I was excited to see this thread since I just added the Clone Saga trades to my Amazon wish list, and was preparing to pull the trigger on them. After reading the replies I'm now torn...
Of course I've heard a lot of horror stories about this era, but being a 90's kid myself thought "It can't be that bad" since I was one of the three people who enjoyed The Crossing in the Avengers books. Maybe I'll just start out slow and buy the first volume.
Does anyone recommend the Spider titles post-Clone Saga, up through the relaunch?
Context is everything. And in the context of the quality of Spider-Man stories immediately before and after the Saga it stands up quite well (one must be reminded writers were writing Parker into a depressing hole before the saga started). Plus, the arc of Ben Reilly is one of the best in Spider-Man in spite of the extraneous BS. Starts as angsty clone, accepts his lot, learns to love life, is rewarded with finding out he's the real deal and sacrifices himself not knowing (or caring) if he's the original or not. PPSM 75 and ASM 400 also came with the deal, two of the best single issues ever in my opinion (pity that both are ignored or belittled within the canon). The diamonds are in the rough alright.
Though I consider him one of the best SM characters, not sure what purpose a revived Reilly could serve. Maybe they could switch the initial concept around and have him return as a settled, happy family man retired from super heroics much like they had planned for Peter at the time. Shove the oft repeated "what-if" scenario in Peter's face. Brain-washed villain/anti-hero would have no appeal to me.
Thanks for the reply!