Dave Galanter
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Quesada already said that BND changed one more big thing that we don't know about that is unrelated to the marriage. There were originally 3; Harry's return, the undoing of the unmasking, and one yet to be revealed. I think this is how it went.

Of the Marvel spotlight, the Scarlet Spider was on the cover. We can assume this means he is the most important. The Torch was also in the spotlight, and he is getting an 8 issue miniseries. So I would assume it's something greater or equal to that.

A collection of the Clone Saga doesn't make much sense. The first is because it was written more than a decade ago. Each year that goes by will mean less and less demand. Unlike other older reprint material, this would be the first time this material was reprinted.

The Clone Saga is also a huge storyline, which would make it really hard to put into a collection. It was a long running subplot in the book for years. You are talking about at least 24 issues of the four main Spider-Man titles, and all the various minis and one shots associated with it.

But let's assume that Marvel does have plans to reprint the series.

Two other recent examples of Marvel doing huge collections were the X-Men's AOA and Onslaught storylines. But these storylines were much more limited. And even then, both of these collections were released in after a miniseries. Onslaught Reborn was released a year after the "X-Men: The Complete Onslaught Epic Book 1". Age of Apocalypse got a sequel miniseries, followed up a year later with the "X-Men: The Complete Age of Apocalypse Epic Book 1".

It just makes so much sense to bring the character back, there is obviously demand for it. Same reason you put Obama on the cover. Any potential problem could easily be solved (based in San Fransisco?, etc). It would be a great way to get back many of the readers who left Amazing over the years, without turning anyone off. Make his return a 6 issue arc in ASM and I think at the least you will see an increase in 20K units for the first issue.

As much as I sympathize with your position, Ben Reilly disintigrated into dust. I honestly cannot fathom them bringing him back. A 'follow-up' to the clone saga doesn't necessarily mean Ben's coming back to life; it could mean Kaine comes back (which would make a lot more sense since, you know, he didn't turn into a pile of dust). It could deal with what really happened to Baby May. Hell, Judas Traveller could come back. I too would love to see Ben back (and maybe even in his own title, set, like you said, in some other city) but I think it's far too much to hope for beyond some sort of flashback story, like the recent Spidey/X-Men mini.


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