Characters Appearing: Adam Destine, Alpha (Hywel Griffin), Argent (Samantha Destine), Crimson Crusader (Rory Destine), Crimson Crusader Clone, Cuckoo, Giee, Hex (Dominic Destine), Imp (Pandora Destine), Imp Clone, Mai, Noe, Phaa, Punisher, Raee, Spider-Man, Wallop, Wallop Clone
Issue(s): ClanDestine #6, ClanDestine #7, ClanDestine #8
The biggest plot surrounds Kay Cera (Cuckoo) trying to get access to her fortune now that she's in a new body. She's pretending to be the daughter of her previous self. The problem is that one of her former executive employees had actually been scheming to kill Kay to hide the fact that he'd been embezzling, and he's certainly not going to stand for Kay's "daughter" to inherit the money.
Rory and Pandora wind up sneaking off to New York in search of adventure and wind up embroiled in the plot against Kay. It's sorted out with some help from Spider-Man (who also gives the kids some training)...
...and unbeknownst to all, the loose ends are mopped up by the Punisher.
We also see Alpha and the Omegas continuing to scheme...
...but their story won't be concluded until the 2008 series.
Issue #8 has Adam, Hex, and Wallop trying to understand the twins' interest in super-heroing by trying to experience it themselves. In practice, they wind up not finding any crime to fight, and the joke is that at the end of the issue we learn that there was a huge crime spree but the police were unable to respond to it because they were too busy responding to reports of three mystery men floating around London.
Instead of fighting crime, the three swap stories, and we learn that two of them had encounters with Marvel super-heroes in the past. Hex had an adventure in the Dark Dimension and met Dr. Strange.
Wallop once helped out the Invaders (without them knowing about it). This was the first time he experienced his powers. And lucky him, he got to experience a classic So Big... So Fast alert.
Adam didn't meet super-heroes. Instead he met some aliens, and, when they assumed he was typical of Earth people, headed off an invasion. A Tales To Astonish kind of thing.
The art is an absolute delight. The dialogue is natural and witty. The stories are a lot of fun when they are kept simple. The sheer number of characters and their lengthy backstories can sometimes bog things down (e.g. i don't care at all about Kay's greedy financial manager or whatever) and the fact that the series got truncated adds to the confusion (the stuff with Alpha and the Omegas, if you don't know that it's part of a plot that didn't get fully realized, can make you think that it's part of Kay's plot and makes it confusing).
Quality Rating: B
Chronological Placement Considerations: Spider-Man's appearance here causes this entire run to get pushed back in publication time prior to the start of the Clone Saga. Issue #8 is a standalone story but it takes place while the twins are still in New York and the timeline is compressed due to Spider-Man so it might as well be included in this entry.
The final four issues of this series will be written off as Rory's dream which will be mentioned at the beginning of X-Men: ClanDestine #1. So to the degree that those issues "take place" anywhere, they occur directly before that issue. I'll discuss them (briefly) when i get to the X-Men issue.
Note the appearance of certain clones (not related to Spider-Man!) in the Characters Appearing. That won't have relevance until the 2008 ClanDestine series.
The Punisher appearance here is generic; i guess what's noteworthy is that we don't see him with Micro or with his van.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
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