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Well, EVE, at the time, Excalibur was hardly alone in the 'third-string X-book' category, as sister title 'New Mutants' also was in its own 'dork age', as it is after Claremont's writing run on the book but before Rob Liefeld came on board, when then-writer Louise Simonson was putting anything into the book to see if it could stick: Most of them failed to impress. At that time, New Mutants had lower sales than Excalibur!Erick Von Erich,Jul 20 2011 wrote: Excalibur #18 (1989)
Part of their big "Cross Time Caper", which was a story featuring the team traveling to random, senseless, alternate realities in a random senseless plot. All via a magical train.
This time they land on a world that's similar to Speed Racer. The art even deliberately evolves into a "manga" style halfway through. It's full of so much explanatory dialogue that it's very unnatural and I couldn't get more than halfway through the book. Garbage.
This was sort of the the "third sting X-men" book at the time, with Capt. Britain, Meggan, Shadowcat, Nightcrawler and Phoenix (Rachel Summers). Plus the occassional connection to Marvel UK comics that had no relevance to us Dumb Yanks. The book was never a sales giant and seemed like something of a self-indulgent labor of love for Chris Claremont.
wrote: Approximately two years after her death, Gwen Stacy reappears, perfectly healthy but with no memory of the time since her death. The Jackal has managed to create a clone of Gwen, and uses her as part of a plot against Spider-Man in the original Clone Saga. At the end of that story, Gwens clone leaves to find a new life for herself.
In the 1988 crossover "The Evolutionary War", the High Evolutionary, who had once been Miles Warren's teacher, captures Gwen's clone. The High Evolutionary is determined to discover how Warren had been able to perfect cloning. In the process, he discovers that Warren had not, but had instead created a genetic virus (the "carrion virus") that transforms already living beings.
Spider-Man investigates Warren's old laboratory and identifies Carrion as a genetic weapon developed by Warren. Another former student of Warren's, Malcolm McBride, is infected with the virus and becomes the second Carrion.
The High Evolutionary identifies this Gwen Stacy to Spider-Man as in fact not a clone but a woman named Joyce Delaney whom Warren had altered. Beautiful Dreamer, a follower of the High Evolutionary, allegedly restored Delaney's memories, but later events suggest that the High Evolutionary had lied and Delaney never existed.
During the second Clone Saga, Gwen Stacy's clone, now married to a clone of Professor Warren named Warren Miles, sees a copy of Peter Parker's book of Spider-Man photos, Webs, and remembers (to an extent) her real history, and returns to New York City. During this storyline, she again disappears from Spider-Man's life.
In many of her appearances, Gwen Stacy's clone has appeared somewhat confused by her contradictory and bizarre memories. As of 2009[update] this "clone" of Gwen has yet to re-appear since her role in the second Clone Saga.