Off THEIR Minds: Who Is The Best Clone?

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Posted by gmanfromheck (42140 posts) - - Show Bio

A couple months ago I asked the question if there were too many clones in comic books. Because you guys had a lot to say on the subject, we decided to ask comic book creators who their favorite clones were. In this next installment of Off THEIR Minds, I asked this question at the Long Beach Comic Convention. Surprisingly, some creators didn't really have a favorite clone. Check out what they had to say. 

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Obviously Dustin Nguyen was just jokingly trying to push the character he's been working on so much lately. My favorites are definitely Ben Reilly and X-23.
Do you have a favorite clone? Do you think they're being overused and are a cheap way to create a new character from an existing popular one? Who is the ultimate clone? 
Thanks to Heather for being in the video and sticking blades to my neck.
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#1 Posted by WolfMonkey (318 posts) - - Show Bio

It's down to X-23, superboy, and Ben Rielly..
My opinion? i favor Laura. Superboy's kinda cool too.
But still...

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#2 Posted by Neverpraying (1565 posts) - - Show Bio

Power girl has the best clone breasts...
Sorry just had to point that out.

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#3 Posted by NightFang3 (12042 posts) - - Show Bio

Superboy is the best clone!

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#4 Posted by Krakoa (816 posts) - - Show Bio
@WolfMonkey said:
" It's down to X-23, superboy, and Ben Rielly.. My opinion? i favor Laura. Superboy's kinda cool too. But still... X-23 "
I draw the same conclusion, only sans Ben Reilly, he was too sloppily executed in my opinion. 
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#6 Posted by ccrosby (72 posts) - - Show Bio
I agree with it being down to those three-  and X-Force did a great job finishing up the characterization of Laura that started in New X-Men (before that, I absolutely hated her).  Though I can't count out Kon or Ben Reilly-  I grew up with those two being both my Superboy and Spider-Man respectively and since they are two of my favorite characters its a tough choice.  All three of them are great though.
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#7 Posted by FoxxFireArt (3641 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm actually with Jimmy Palmiotti on this one. I'm not the biggest clone fan.  He's right, it's such a weak story tool.

 Brianna Diggers
 Brianna Diggers
If I had to pick someone. I would say Brianna Diggers. She's sort of a clone. She's a combination of both Gina and Britanny Diggers. Though, she shares a lot similar with her sisters. She's pretty much her own person with personality and quirks.
X-23 is an 'interesting' character, but she was trying to influence the vote here in her favor. The writers have tried different things with her. Not sure she's really been established well, yet.

I do find it interesting how Ben Reilly got all those mentions. Considering he came from a story arc with the most gross overuse of clones in comics, outside of prequel-Star Wars comics.
Note sure if you could count Secret Invasion as a clone story, but close. They were copies who though they were the real deal.
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#8 Posted by CrimsonInuTears (701 posts) - - Show Bio

Heh, Hush may have been a joke for Bruce, but the new one totally counts~ ^_^

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#10 Posted by weapon154 (377 posts) - - Show Bio

Ummmm.... Either Ben Reily....or X-23. OR Superboy, they all rose above their clone related status and became fan-favorites, so it really is hard to tell.

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#11 Posted by superzero93 (27 posts) - - Show Bio

hands down Superboy  he is the best clone then it has to be Ben Reily, original Bizzaro and X-23

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#12 Posted by Asymmetrical (23749 posts) - - Show Bio

"Eff the clones" - Jimmy Palmiotti 
I feel like that should be on a list of greatest quotes somewhere

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#13 Posted by karrob (4303 posts) - - Show Bio
@WolfMonkey said:
" It's down to X-23, superboy, and Ben Rielly.. My opinion? i favor Laura. Superboy's kinda cool too. But still... X-23 "
I agree
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#14 Posted by SigersonLTD (140 posts) - - Show Bio

Again, I have to ask myself, how'd I miss you guys there? Oh, you didn't stop by the CCAS booth ;) 
I agree with Jim Palmiotti.... 

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#15 Posted by Jake Fury (21940 posts) - - Show Bio

Bizarro am worst clone
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#16 Posted by EnSabahNurX (2321 posts) - - Show Bio

X-23 hands down, been reading her solo series and most of her x-force run and she has become my favorite character which is funny because i kinda hate wolverine(exception, him on x-force) but she's a clone done right 
she has some similarities to wolverine but she varies enough to be her own awesome character 
but she isn't fully established yet I'd say she's about 60-70% fleshed out

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#17 Edited by Namor1987 (2096 posts) - - Show Bio

Superboy, X-23, Kaine, Divine, Stryfe, & Madelyne Pryor

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#18 Posted by Herx (531 posts) - - Show Bio

hmmm, i gotta go with the rest of you and say Superboy, Ben Rielly and X-23. You do sort of forget that their clones of other characters as the act diffarently from their double, which dose sort of rais them from being "just a clone" to being "a clone of <insert hero name> But......"
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#19 Posted by comicbikerscott (152 posts) - - Show Bio

x-23, madelyne, pryor, superboy is only half of a clone i also like ben reiley
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#20 Posted by Vitality (1879 posts) - - Show Bio

X-23 is the best because she makes the most sense.
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#21 Posted by .o0Johnny0o. (770 posts) - - Show Bio

I really like the drive behind the concept of X-23, the whole 'where in Logan's life he took a left, this character took a right'  I hope to see her grow as a character more.
That said I hate it being used as a deus ex machina for plot's sake.

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#22 Posted by tbpinkfloyd (128 posts) - - Show Bio

X-23 Has the best story to back up her existence. She isn't a replacement version of Wolverine; instead, she's something entirely new with a very spy vs spy/sci fi background. It was smart to make her a kid because then Wolverine becomes like a protector a la X-Force.

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#23 Posted by MikeDanger (13 posts) - - Show Bio

Bizarro is the most iconic
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#24 Posted by Doctor!!!!! (2135 posts) - - Show Bio

X-23, shes been through a lot.

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#25 Posted by Roninidas (396 posts) - - Show Bio

I am a huge fan of X-23.  I was actually at Wondercon when I picked up the Hard Cover Graphic Novel that complied X-23/ NYX together.  I've been following her ever since. 

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#26 Posted by Blindside002 (227 posts) - - Show Bio

X-23 is one of my favorite characters, so without a doubt in my mine Laura takes to gold here with me.

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#27 Posted by superboy12 (267 posts) - - Show Bio

Superboy, Ben Reilly, and X-23
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#28 Edited by NXH (1031 posts) - - Show Bio

Good answear, Tony. You would not want to get sliced by X-23 
Clones of Jim Lee lol So funny, because it's true :P

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#29 Posted by EdwardWindsor (14564 posts) - - Show Bio

ben riley was my first clone fav , but x23 has come on alot since she first apperred. I'am torn between as a number one choice since i liked each for own reasons.

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#30 Posted by Alphaproto (409 posts) - - Show Bio

X-23 and who ever cloned X-23 and made her cosplay as herself.
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#31 Posted by queenfrost_ (2613 posts) - - Show Bio

Madylene Pryor <3

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#32 Posted by GundamHeavyarms (703 posts) - - Show Bio

X-23 and Superboy are my favorites, I like Ben Reilly too, but I havent read too much of him.

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#33 Posted by chowy (68 posts) - - Show Bio

There was also Match, a clone from an other clone

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#35 Posted by Darth Paul (292 posts) - - Show Bio

I've always like Ben Reiley the best. Scarlet Spider has a really cool look imo.

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#36 Posted by X (261 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm such a big Super-Fan so i'm partial to Superboy

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#37 Posted by nick7913 (111 posts) - - Show Bio

The best clone is Ah-nold's clone:

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#38 Posted by antiterra (175 posts) - - Show Bio

X-23, definitely. In the past few years, she's gained a lot of consistency -- something she lacked in the early days when she went from being a withdrawn, wounded teenager in NYX to an aggressive, feral wolf-child who was kinda lost in the background of the X-Men.

NYX, the two mini-series and the current X-23 ongoing are all very consistent with each other and show a believable and "human" evolution. But then I shouldn't be surprised I like the ongoing so much: Marjorie Liu has never disappointed so far (looking forward to the Black Widow: The Name of the Rose TPB!).

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#39 Posted by Decept-O (8096 posts) - - Show Bio

Superboy.  I was buying his title for some time so if a character that is actually a clone can get me to do that, I have to give him the vote.   
However I agree a little bit with Jimmy Palmiotti but still, there have been good clone characters. 
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#40 Posted by fbdarkangel (5106 posts) - - Show Bio

X-23 all the way! :)

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#41 Posted by staceydillon (59 posts) - - Show Bio

X-23. duuh. She is a real person, more real then the other clones imo.

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#42 Posted by torchknight (1413 posts) - - Show Bio


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#43 Posted by lvenger (29017 posts) - - Show Bio

I gotta say it's joint between Conner and Ben Reilly. They became popular for being something other than a clone of Superman or Spider-Man and became fleshed out characters in their own rights

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#45 Posted by Duo_forbidden (1815 posts) - - Show Bio

Like almost everyone else, it's out of X-23 and Superboy, but I also like Spiderwoman from the Ultimate universe.

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#46 Posted by Wolverine0628 (442 posts) - - Show Bio

Also, Madelyne Pryor is interesting, and I like Power Girl, if she counts.
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#47 Posted by Bestostero (5782 posts) - - Show Bio

Superboy is my favorite clone by far!

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#48 Posted by GothamRed (2616 posts) - - Show Bio

ben reilly and superboy, because I will defend to the death that X-23 ISN'T A CLONE, no matter what the writers of her story say

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#49 Posted by Joe Venom (1290 posts) - - Show Bio

CTFU! "F the clones" well said Palmiotti!
but if I had to choose I was always a big fan of Stryfe! the prefect clone of Cable

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#50 Posted by PumpkinBomb (501 posts) - - Show Bio
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