WRITER Peter David
ART Will Sliney
COLOR Antonio Fabela & Andres Mossa
LETTERER VC’s Joe Caramagna
EDITOR Devin Lewis
In which we say “Goodbye–for now!” to our much beloved future Spidey…
SUMMARY: Tempest (Miggy’s superintendent who was cured of her leukemia by a Alchemax 2099 serum that also turned her into a man-eating bug-lady) attacks Spidey 2099 and send the two of them plummeting out of her apartment window. Luckily he can glide and she has wings. As Miguel tries to find a place to regroup and get ready to face her, he wonders what exactly could have turned her into an insectoid freak with a craving for his flesh. He hides out in Central Park and buys enough time to have Lyla try to figure out what might have caused Tempest to transform from the sassy superintendent who has the hots for him into a murderous freak.
Elsewhere in Central Park, Tempest is flying about searching for Miguel with a rumbly tummy, but she’s easily distracted by shiny things. She winds up colliding with a statue, which brings her up against a lone NYPD beat cop out on patrol. During this interlude, Lyla informs Miggy that the transformation is likely temporary and may last anywhere from six minutes to six hours. When Miggy catches up to Tempest, she uses the cop as a hostage and threatens to kill her unless Spidey surrenders to her. The cop valiantly tells Spidey not to surrender, saying that she’s just one cop and the city needs him more than her.
Miguel O’Hara has always been an alternative plan kind of guy, so he webs the cop’s gun over to his hand and opens fire on Tempest, knowing her exoskeleton will protect her. His quick thinking provides enough of a distraction for Miguel to save the officer (who gets grazed by a bullet) and knock Tempest into one of Central Park’s several lakes or ponds. While the cop radios for backup, Miggy and Tempest struggle against one anonther underwater. He eventually pretends to be drowning and reveals that he’s actually Miguel, which makes Tempest recoil in shock and allows him to knock her out.
Miguel carries an unconscious yet still bugged-up Tempest out of the water – and is immediately confronted by several New York cops. Tempest transforms back into her purple-haired normal self, still asleep in Miguel’s arms, and the cops demand that he stand down and surrender. Again, Miguel opts for the alternative plan – bailing out real quick-like before the cops can get a shot at him.
Miguel gets Tempest safely back to her apartment and puts her in bed. She comes to, asking what happened to her. Spidey explains everything, telling her that the cure he gave her also temporarily transformed her into a bug-lady. He asks her how much she remembers (thinking of his secret identity) and she tells him not much. He tells her goodnight and closes the door – and she says goodnight, calling Spidey ‘Miguel,’ showing that she remembered the most important part.
With that, Miggy’s all too short run of adventures end in the 616 just as Jonathan Hickman wrecks it.
ANALYSIS: While the story is a solid conclusion to the Tempest storyline, we’re left with too many unanswered questions in the wake of this title being derailed by the confusing Secret Wars. What else might have happened with Tempest and Miguel? Hell – what else might have happened with Miguel and Liz?! With the collapse of Parker Industries, does Alechamx build their super prison? What ramifications were to come with the Scorpion’s involvement? Alas, we may never know. Because event comics.
I’m sad to see Miguel’s 616 adventures cut short. Really and truly. Since the end of Superior Foes this book has been the stand-out as the best Spider-related title. Leagues better than what’s been happening in Amazing Spider-Man. We got a year, and hey let’s face it – that’s an old toothless horse by Marvel standards these days. So we should be thankful for the time we had but we’ll always wonder what was coming around the corner.
Miguel’s 616 adventures come to an end (just as, apparently, the 616 in general) but we’ve already been told he’ll be showing up in Yet Another Avengers Comic 2099. You can’t throw a rock out a window without hitting an Avengers comic right now, but at least the ship will be sailing with Peter David and Will Sliney, so that’s a plus. And whatever gives us more Miguel is a good thing. Well – as good as it can be with Miguel losing his second solo title.
Thank you, Peter David. Thank you, Will Sliney. Thank you, Miguel O’Hara.