WRITER Peter David
ART Will Sliney
COLOR Frank D’Armata
LETTERER VC’s Cory Petit
EDITOR Devin Lewis
Spider-Man 2099 picks up in the pieces of whatever the Hell post-Hickman Wars Marvel is now, with Miggy leading a new life. But is his new happiness destined to be short lived?
SUMMARY: The story opens up with Miguel O’Hara taking part in ‘Ninja USA,’ an obstacle course show, and of course he nails it because, after all, he’s Spider-Man. Well, one of them, anyway! But his new boss, international business tycoon and CEO Peter Parker, isn’t thrilled with Miguel going on TV. He’s also not thrilled with Miguel hanging up the webs in the 616 (or is it 717 now… who the hell knows anymore) and he’s not at all happy with the influence Tempest (Miggy’s superintendent and girlfriend) is having on Miguel.
Later, we find out that Parker Industries has taken Alchemax out of the running for a new New York super prison, and that a group called Empire Unlimited is the only firm building one now – so apparently Parker Industries is out of the super prison business as well.
Back down in the bowels of Parker Industries, Miggy uses a time portal to check back on the 2099 timeline which, last he saw, had been completely devastated. Miggy had thought that derailing Alchemax would change 2099’s fate, but alas, it didn’t. 2099 is still a wasteland. Miguel resolves to figure out what’s still causing his home timeline to be ruined.
Across town at Alchemax, Liz Allen, Tiberius Stone and former Scorpion Mac Gargan are approached by the ‘Department of Internal Security’ (or DIS – heh) to build a prison for super powered terrorists where they can be ‘questioned.’
Our story closes with Miguel and Tempest talking over dinner, mostly about their relationship over the past few months… but before Tempest can tell Miguel that she’s pregnant, a car slams into the restaurant and explodes – and Tempest may have become a casualty.
ANALYSIS: The second volume of Miguel’s adventures, which were hijacked by the Spider-Verse and Hickman Wars events, was a better Spider-Man book last year than Amazing Spider-Man. And, held against the most recent ASM #1, that remains true.
In fact, there’s even a moment here which underscored something very important for this Spider-fan: Peter Parker as we knew him is dead (again). And he’s been gone for quite some time. Ever since OMD, Peter Parker has been mishandled and bungled, and reinvented again and again, to the point that he’s no longer recognizable. Marvel has a fetish now for many heroes getting “reimagined” with a Tony Stark template. We see that here with Peter (as well as Doctor Strange #1, unfortunately). The original Spider-Man has been damaged so much from Marvel’s “throw everything against the wall and see what slips down the slowest” attitude, and Peter Parker as a character has suffered tremendously for it.
This isn’t Peter David’s fault of course; he’s writing Peter consistently for how he’s currently being presented in other books. But it did make me sad to see. Quite honestly though, I would have preferred for Miguel to have remained at Alchemax with Liz instead of working for Peter. That way Miggy could be more of his own man and less of yet-another-Spider-character living in the shadow of Spider-Man 1 (Peter), Spider-Man 2 (Miles), Spider-Gwen, Spider-Silk, etc. etc.
Speaking of Alchemax and Liz, I am glad they’re sticking around. Especially Mac Gargan, who Peter David is starting to make me like almost as much as Fred ‘Boomerang’ Myers. David is doing a great job making Gargan more than just a two-dimensional villain. And here’s hoping Tempest pulls through. David did such a great job fleshing her out and making her enjoyable in the last volume.
Will Sliney’s art continues to be strong and he’s such a great match for Peter David’s work. It looks like he had a lot of fun with the Ninja USA sequence!
An action-light story does a great job of staying true to Miguel O’Hara as a character and setting a new stage for Miggy to swing through new adventures. Let’s just hope it’s not derailed and commandeered by yet another Marvel event anytime soon.